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Offley & Stopsley CC 112-7 Vs Wolverton Town III's 108 all out - 16th Sept

OSCC Won by 3 Wkts

OSCC Won this friendly at Wolverton Town's high class ground with a little more drama than required.

After being put into the field by the opposition whilst the two opening bowlers Keeley and Freeman were meandering around town trying to find the ground, Offley were forced to open with wicketkeeper Chris Austin having a bowl whilst young Gary Chamberlain bowled at the other end. Most impressive they were too. Austin bowled with control and accuracy and took the first wicket of the day in his first over, clean bowling Channing for only 4.

Chamberlain bowled weel with quite a strong wind his face, together they contained the openers until Austin took a caught and bowled to make the score 29-3. Barker replaced Chamberlain whilst Freeman took on the wind. Freeman again bowled with pace but no luck and only took the one wicket with the help of Dave Bridgland who took a fine catch at first slip. Mark Ward replaced Freeman after 4 overs and who once again showed his talent, but with no wickets.

The introduction of Keeley after 24 overs changed the game. A fine spell of accurate pacey bowling began with the wicket of Rose, followed in his next over with the wicket of Maw, both clean bowled. In his thrid over caame the ball of the day, seeing the batsman was driving everything straight he tempted him with a slower ball which completely decieved the batsman as it went on to break the stumps. Richie Barker finally tempted the Tavere-esqe Pichawski into a flase shot and was well caught by Dathan Sale in the covers. Keeley finished the innings with two wickets in an over to end with figures of 5-15.

With 109 required for victory Chris Latino and Dathan Sale started the chase against some fiery fast bowling resolutely. Dathan Sale falling to Khan for only 4 with the score on 10. His brother Damian came to the crease and stood up well before falling to Khan again. Next in and out was Gary Chamberlain who went for a misguided big shot and was bowled. 14-3 and OSCC were rocking. Time for Dave Bridgland to come to the crease.

Together with an increasingly comfortable Latino they saw of the fast bowlers and put on 40 for the fourth wicket, before Bridgland got a perfect yorker to be out for only 15. Latino got another perfect yorker straight after to bring his innings of 18 to an end. With the score on 53-5 the win looked a long way of when Mark Ward came to the crease. The Wolverton fielders crowded the young batsman, but he refused to be intimidated and made a sound 9 runs before being well caught at 1st slip.

So it was that Freeman and Lunney were left to chase down the 39 runs required. This they did slowly and surely as caution was now the required attitude. Freeman top scored in the innings with a solid 22 before playing a weird drive/pull/cut shot that brought the 7th wicket down at 99.

Austin came along and together with Lunney they knocked of the runs to bring victory. All in all a very satisfying days cricket with great hosts, performances from some of the less experienced players and a tea fit for a royal banquet.