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Offley & Stopsley CC 174-8 Vs Datchworth 113 all out - 2nd Sept

OSCC Won by 61 runs

After the drama of the North Herts League came to an end the week before, the end of season friendlies started at Datchworth. A time for the batting order to be re-jigged, less experienced bowlers to be given a chance to shine and to play cricket with no pressure. This day did not dissapoint.

Skipper Richie Barker won the toss and decided to open the innings with Dave Bridgland and Colin Keeley. Facing the pacey Barkham, Dave Bridgland wass shocked by the first over, 3 balls pitched on a length and rolled through to the keeper. This put a dent in his confidence. Keeley tried his best to ignore the demons in the pitch and played his usual game of playing through the line with floaty ariel shots. Dropped once, he eventually came a cropper when playing the ball straight back to the bowler to be causght.

Nathan Brodie came to the crease after a weird dressing room defence of his unusual policy of NOT wearing a box. He batted with some confidence on the low bouncing pitch on his way to a solid 30 runs, of course this was the day he learnt a lesson. Whilst running a single the ball thrown from a fielder bounced up and hit square and hard in the crown jewels. After some rolling round whimpering for pity, he got up and got himself out. He spent the rest of the innings sitting in a bath of ice listening to his giggling team-mates.

After Dave Bridgland got out playing an underhit drive to point, Chris Latino came and went for only 6 runs, Darren Lunneythen started to rebuild his batting confidence. This pitch suited his dilligent style and he set to work. Young debutants Gary Chamberlain and Mark Ward came to the crease and made ducks. Scant reward for their effort all summer in the nets and an unfair reflection of their technique and talent. They'll learn!

Returning super-arm Scott Addy joined Lunney and promptly gave the innings some fresh impetus with some lusty blows on his way to a quick 28. The innings closed on 174-8.

Keeley and Kossala opened the bowling and immediatly got into the wickets, Keeley made the breakthrough in the third over and then the next over Kossala broke the back of the innings removing the dangerous Bennet. At 29-4, young Mark Ward was brought into the attack and immediatly impressed. Bowling with no luck and plent of guille he belied his stature to put the batsmen under consistent pressure. After his 5 overs the other Colt Gary Chamberlain was brought into the attack to impress all watching. Again he had no luck, consistantly forcing false shots from the batsmen.

Scott Addy certainly impressed with his spell. Bowling for the first time in 7 years, he got into the game straight away and bowled nice tight lines on a good length bringing a haul of 3-19. Richie Barker weighed in with figures of 2-17, with Darren Lunney closing out the game with his very first ball.

All in all a pleasant days cricket on a stunning ground with friendly hosts and a lovely tea. Just the way it's supposed to be.