Third time lucky for Damien

The Riverine Herald - - GAME ON SUMMER - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

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.

Luke Hemer

SKY HIGH: — Damien Cocks Echuca’s Damien Cocks has re­turned home a na­tional cham­pion af­ter Vic­to­ria claimed the Spe­cial Olympics Twenty20 In­vi­ta­tional Car­ni­val. Photo:

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