Third time lucky for Damien
DAMIEN Cocks is a national Twenty20 champion at the third time of trying.
Cocks, 42, donned the big V jumper in Adelaide alongside his Victorian teammates for the Special Olympics Twenty20 Invitational carnival.
Leaving for Adelaide on October 23, Cocks and his Victorian teammates returned after their big win on Saturday night.
On the way to overall victory, Cocks and his team defeated New South Wales, ACT, host state South Australia and Queensland in the final.
Prior to Saturday’s final, Cocks had never won the carnival.
He made his Victorian debut in 2013 in a side that finished second, and more recently secured a fourthplaced finish. ‘‘I’m pumped as,’’ Cocks said. ‘‘It’s my first time ever, it’s taken forever to win and it was great to beat the hosts South Australia over there, that was a big highlight,’’ he said.
Asked to name some of Victoria’s better players on the weekend, Cocks said he couldn’t.
‘‘We were all awesome really.
‘‘Every one of us just had one thing on our minds — to win the carnival,’’ he said.
Over the three-day tournament Cocks took a vital five wickets, put in a handy knock with the bat, putting away ‘‘a few’’ boundaries. He also nabbed a few catches. ‘‘There were a few caught behind off my bowling. And I nearly, nearly had a caught and bowled, which would have been great,’’ he said.
Cocks was also named in the allstate team of the tournament before the carnival began.
But for now, it is back to the Echuca Cricket Club for the national champion.
Cocks and his D grade teammates are back to business on Saturday, as the dark green take on Tongala.
SKY HIGH: — Damien Cocks Echuca’s Damien Cocks has returned home a national champion after Victoria claimed the Special Olympics Twenty20 Invitational Carnival. Photo: