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Offley & Stopsley CC Vs Great Gaddesden - 14/5/06

OSCC won by 32 runs

Offley made it two wins in a row in the North Herts League as they overcame Great Gaddesden. Inspired by Mark Tattersall’s first appearance of the season, Offley reached 179-5 and then dismissed the visitors for 147.

Martin Bigmore and Steve Bexfield lay the foundation for the victory with a solid opening stand of 75. A partnership that was dismissed as turgid by some and uninspiring by others, countered a slow wicket and lush outfield with good running and the odd attacking shot.

Had Chris Tavaré been left-handed, then his partnership with Geoff Boycott would surely have looked like the one constructed with painstaking care by Bexfield and Bigmore as the two batsmen jealously hoarded their singles like a small child hoarding sweets. Bigmore fell for 41 from 89 balls before Bexfield departed for a sprightly 77-ball 42. Two more quick wickets left Offley rocking at 109-4 before Tattersall strode out to join Mo Chaudry.

Chaudry made 25 but the plaudits went to Tattersall who cracked a rapid 38. Mixing his familiar blend of golf swings and things that might be legitimate cricket shots but probably aren’t, Tattersall hammered five fours and a six in his unbeaten 38. Dave Bridgland leant good support with a quickfire 18 as Offley finished on 179-5.

Gaddesden’s reply was hamstrung from the start by fine bowling from Rizwan and Paul Bridgland. The pair both picked up a wicket apiece as their combined 16-over spell at the start of the innings restricted the visitors to a woeful 20 runs off the bat. Bridgland finished with the impressive figures of 8-2-8-1 and Gaddesden were up against it from that moment. The visitors tried to rally but although Henry thumped a typically belligerent 46, taking advantage of Qumar and Tattersall’s bowling, he was unable to sustain it and fell to Qumar. Tattersall was more costly than usual – these days it looks as if he’s only tight and miserly when it’s his turn to buy the beer – but he claimed three wickets to compensate for some generally untidy figures. Fendick and Upton orchestrated a mid-innings revival but it was too little too late. Dave Bridgland and Damien Sale both claimed wickets at the end of the innings as Gaddesden flailed away in doomed pursuit of their target and eventually came up 32 runs short with three overs remaining.