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Offley & Stopsley CC 161-9 Vs St Josephs 161-5

OSCC Lost by 5 Wkts

It was Offley & Stopsleys honour to play St Josephs in their final fixture as the club is folding after 29 years of Cricket.

On a balmy warm autumnal day, skipper Bexfield won the toss and opted to bat first, hoping to post an imposing target for Reilly and co to chase. The innings was opened by Brodie and Lunney in a steady fashion. Knocking of runs at 4 an over whilst playing some solid shots along the way. Brodie was the first to go when on 16 he played over the top of a fine yorker. Latino and Ramiz came and went for ducks while Lunney stepped up the pace. When Jeff Francis was caught on 10 runs, young Mark Ward came to the crease. He wass not to be intimidated by the pace of Reilly (who to be fair relaxed a little) and promptly him for two fours to the third man boundary with classical angled bat drives. Tariq eventually got the Colts star with a slower ball. Keeley came to the wicket determined to up the scoring rate as Darren Lunney mystically dropped the anchor. Keeley smashed a six and three fours on his way to a swashbuckling 21 before arch nemesis McCulley cleaned him up.

The innings eventually plodded to a close on 161 with Lunney ending not out for 56. His last 14 runs taking an astonishing 42 balls.

Guest bowler Rob Cooke who had turned up to play for St Josephs opened the bowling and immediatley got under the skin of his team mates. Hunt skied to Lunney at mid off, while Luke Munt was bowled for 26. This brought Tom Reilly to the crease, a man who has been NOT OUT in every innings against us in living memory. Straight away he edged one to the keeper Latino. The injured Latino dropped it. Raja was bowled by R Barker and then another chance went begging when Reilly came down the wicket, edged one fine behind his legs and was dropped again, he could also have been stopped.

Keeley came on to bowl and was targeted for a thrashing by Reilly, in his second over he smashed one straight down the ground flat and hard to the deep mid off fielder - Rob Cooke- he dropped it. After being given three life Reilly was not let the oppurtunity pass him by to make another 50, thus his 53 not out was rather inevitable. After Tebbutt was out Tariq came along and partnered Reilly to victory.

It was a late night in the bar as everyone reminisced about past glories, discussed the future and Pat Turner found himself amongst a pile of tables, chairs and glasses after finding walking with a few gallons of beer in his belly too difficult.