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Ton-up Cook's sorrow over Maynard

By Essex Chronicle  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

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ALASTAIR Cook once again demonstrated his insatiable appetite for runs when he struck his fifth One Day international century on Tuesday.

The former Maldon Cricket Club player who grew up in Wickham Bishops made 112 at the Oval before being caught off the bowling of Darren Sammy.

It was Cook's fourth ton since being named England One Day skipper in May 2011 and it helped his side to a comprehensive eight wicket victory against the West Indies.

Fellow Essex player Ravi Bopara was at the crease at the end finishing unbeaten on 19.

"I haven't really hit the ball as well as I could have in the last month," said 27-year-old Cook.

"I got a couple of scores in the Test matches, but it was nice to go on today and get a match-winning innings. Any hundred for England is very pleasing."

His innings came in the wake of the tragic death of Surrey's Tom Maynard who passed away on Monday.

Cook said: "It was obviously incredibly sad news and I think quite a few boys were emotional, especially today at the minute's silence."

He added: "It has been difficult; something like this hits us hard. We have all played with Tom and pretty much all of us have played against him."

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