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Breachwood Green Vs Offley & Stopsley -
OSCC won by 8 Wkts
Offley & Stopsley completed a successful weekend as they made it two wins out of two with a comprehensive eight-wicket win at Breechwood Green.
The hosts won the toss and meandered to 40 before the wheels began to fall off when Halls fairly mundane innings came to an end as Steve Bexfield leapt like a startled fawn to cling on to a catch at square leg off the bowling of Colin Keeley. Keeley picked up his second wicket when Mohammed Qumar swooped in with surprising agility to account for Vish.
Moments later Qumar ripped a ball through the defenses of a forlorn child to leave Breechwood reeling on 55-3. The hosts situation deteriorated even further as Dave Bridgland trapped Palav plumb in front, the ball ending up in keeper Martin Bigmores gloves. The batsman departed making it rather clear that he hadnt hit the ball, an act of dissent that might have been more useful if he had not been given out LBW.
Breechwood Green began to unravel as Bridgland picked up another wicket and the two debutants combined to reduce Breechwood to 82-6 as Dan Jordan swooped to take a fine low catch off the bowling of Damien Sale. It was left to Australian star Wickett to rally Breechwood to a respectable total. The opening batsmen mixed powerful drives with agricultural swipes before hooking a Mo Chaudry bouncer down Keeleys throat at long leg. The fielder held it with some ease, to make partial amends for shelling an earlier sitter that would have embarrassed a blind man with no hands. Chaudry picked up a second wicket before Steve Bexfield clung on to a steepling chance in the deep off Richie Barker to wrap the innings up for 137.
Offley were left to score 138 in 46 overs and Bigmore and Bexfield made slow but steady progress. After negotiating the early overs, Bigmore began to unfurl some impressive shots before his innings was cut short in its prime for 28. Chaudry emerged from the pavilion to put some rusty early season form behind him as he mowed and smote his way to 32 before having his stumps rearranged aiming one lusty swing too many. Chaudrys dismissal brought Jordan to the crease and after surviving a few early scares on the sort of surface hardly conducive to free-flowing stroke play, he settled down to compile an unbeaten 26.
Throughout the innings Bexfield maintained an impressive calm and a dogged determination not to play an attacking shot unless it was absolutely necessary. Playing with a straight bat and a commitment to defense that would have gladdened Chris Austins heart, Bexfield was content to work the ball into the gaps for the odd single and treat all but the longest of long hops with respect. He finished unbeaten on 45 as Offley coasted to a comfortable victory.