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Titanic Vs Offley & Stopsley CC 142 -7 ; 6th July
Match Abandoned - Torrential Rain after 23 overs
A long trip to Broxbourne in the rain ended with a long trip back from Broxbourne in the rain with the first half of a reduced overs affair just about completed before the heavens broke in a tumult of thunder and lightning that flooded the square and ensured the game finished with honours even.
Steve Bexfield won the toss and elected to bat first. Bexfield opened the batting with Richie Barker (fuelled by one-and-a-half pre-match pints) and the pair shared an opening stand of 54. The highlights included a huge straight six by Barker that prompted the Titanic bowler to spit the dummy and Bexfield being causally caught five yards over the boundary. Bexfield was eventually stumped by a couple of yards as he attempted something agricultural. Dave Bridgland joined Barker but was soon forced to retire hurt with an injured arm. Mark Tattersall marched to the crease and sent his second ball soaring towards the boundary. Sadly it died in the wind and he was caught on the fence. It gave Tattersall his second duck of the season and dropped his average for the year to 3.50 – 0.17 runs better than Offley run machine Wayne Cutts.
Barker moved to 47 from 45 balls before contriving to get caught sweeping at third man but Mo Chaudry hammered a brisk 19 before holing out at long off. Nathan Brodie ran hard for the cause, carving up his thumb in the process, before being stumped by yards and Bridgland and Carl Clare both died for the cause. Darren Lunney and Scott Addy added a late flurry before the rains descended and the game was washed away leaving the teams to share two points each.