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Offley & Stopsley CC 221-6 Vs Headstone St George 174-6 : 23 Sept
OSCC Won by 47 runs
OSCC arranged another late season friendly in a desperate effort to eke out as much cricket as possible from this miserable summer of rain. Headstone St George travelled all the way from Harrow for an encounter that had more to do with the spirit of Cricket than the result.
Keeley and Latino opened the batting with gusto. Keeley tried particualrly ahrd to smash the leather of the ball, the only result being a series of air shots and a strained back. Eventually running himself out whilst dawdling down the pitch after a misfield. Latino and Bridgland stayed together for a partnership of 83, most of which were scored by the impressive Dave Bridgland who scored 46 runs. He looked so comfortable at the crease that it was a great surprise when he was clean bowled. Gary Chamberlain came to the crease and promptly smashed his first ball to the mid wicket boundary. When the young leg spinner Garfield came on poor Chamberlain recieved a peach of a delivery that turned square to clean b owl him. Francis was plumb LBW to the very next ball.
Nathan Brodie (36) repaired the damage with some determined cricket against Mathew Freeman (playing for opposition) whilst Stephen Bexfield simply bullied the fast bowler scoring a sparkling 56 in only 32 balls.
With a target of 221 Headstone got to work chaisng it down. Keeley, Chamberlain and Ward all tried and failed to remove the openers before part time left arm spinner Lunney came on and removed Rickard. The spin theme continued when Barker got the solid opener Daley with a smart stumping from Bridgland. Lunney then got himself another wicket via the tiny hands of Bexfield. A run out and then a wicket for Dave Bridgland follwed before Barker removed Pooley to get his 70th wicket fo the season to equal Darrell Cooper's club record.
Headstone only managed to get 174 from their 40 overs and so lost, however they were generous and magnanamous throughout a most pleasant match.