I was able to go in and have a swing - Cooke

25 Jul 2021 | Cricket

All-rounder Joe Cooke and veteran seamer Michael Hogan took three wickets apiece to knock the stuffing out of a strong Northamptonshire line-up as Glamorgan secured their second Royal London Cup victory by 59 runs.

Hogan turned in a hostile opening spell to claim two early scalps while Cooke, 24, followed up three wickets on List A debut against Warwickshire by removing Northamptonshire’s middle order and hit an unbeaten 33 with the bat.

“I do whatever role I get told to do, opening in the Championship has been a good challenge and I’ve enjoyed it, but I’ve also enjoyed batting down the order and bowling," said Cooke. 

“The lads found it quite difficult to score early on but we kept the wickets in hand and built the innings perfectly. Callum and Tom did the hard work and I was able to go in and have a swing, and it came off.

“Kiran Carlson has started brilliantly as captain, he’s made some great decisions and it’s a pleasure playing under him.

“Because they lost early wickets, every batsman had to keep trying to go at six and seven an over.

“It’s a brilliant way to start the competition, we’re enjoying our cricket and we’ve got the makings of a very good team. Somerset and Derbyshire coming up, we’ve got some tough games but a great way to start.”