Ian Cockbain has already won bragging rights over his father, also called Ian, who played 46 first-class matches as a batsman for Lancashire between 1979 and 1983.
The 24-year-old Gloucestershire batsman scored his maiden first-class century in just his 14th innings and eighth match at senior level when he reached three figures in Gloucestershire’s second division County Championship game against Middlesex at Uxbridge.
“I am delighted to get that first hundred, of course,” said Cockbain at the end of the first day’s play, “but perhaps the best thing about it is that my dad never got a hundred in his career. His top score was 98!”
Cockbain senior, now 53 and working as a financial adviser, has been a constant source of advice for his son as he has also tried to forge a first-class career. A spell with the MCC Young Cricketers, too, helped Cockbain junior to move into the county game, after he was recommended to Gloucestershire by the club’s former captain Mark Alleyne, now the head of coaching at MCC.
“That was very useful for me,” added Cockbain. “I had a bit of a bad patch earlier this season but I knew I would get my chance in this match because of Alex Gidman’s injury, and it is great to be able to take that opportunity.
“When I got close to the hundred I deliberately tried not to think about it. I just concentrated on seeing the ball and hitting it and keeping things as simple as possible. I was determined not to let the occasion get to me.”