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Offley and Stopsley 120-9 vs Holwell CC -123-1 ; 3rd Aug

OSCC lost 9 wickets  

On a day that was far to wet for cricket, a weak Offley side were taken to pieces on an extremely damp pitch and outfield. The game featured the yearly appearance of Austin Senior, and Umar making a guest appearance along side brother Qumar. Chaudry stepped in at the last moment, as Offley faced the prospect of taking on Holwell with 10 men. Bexfield won the toss and decided to have a bat, as rain looked likely at this point. 

Bridgland and Chaudry took up the challenge to see of Parkin and Co, a task which they stuck to rather nicely as the pair accumulated runs both sides of the wicket. After 8 over’s the pair had moved the score onto 29, when Chaudry attempted to heave across the line and was bowled for 10 by Dixon. Latino swished his way to 8, before he was well caught at mid-on by Parkin from the bowling of Mansfield. Qumar joined Bridgland and the pair advanced the score, the highlight of which came when Qumar flicked the ball for six off his legs. 

After 22 over’s the rain came down, and down, so tea was taken early. For some Offley players the tea was the best part of the day, as Dave and Hillary produced an array of fine sandwiches and homemade cakes. The game resumed, and the pitch was now very damp.  

After struggling to get the ball off the square, Qumar was bowled for 18 too start a procession for the next 12 overs. R Coonsel came and went for two, as he was bowled trying to up the scoring rate. Bridgeland and Bexfield briefly threatened to push on, but unfortunately for Offley Bridgland was well caught at square leg for a well compiled 44.  

Hum came in at a time when quick runs where needed, and died for the cause a few balls later as he slogged one up in the air. Chris Austin also came and went quickly, as he tried to guide a ball down to third man, but missed it too be bowled for 1. Bexfield carried on his way, whilst continually losing partners at the other end, guiding his score past 10. Umar perished trying to go over the top, before Bexfield and B Austin added some vital runs in the last over. Offley finished on 120-8 from the 40 over’s, the score looked at-least 40 runs short, but the conditions shouldn’t make for scoring runs easy.

Offley took to the field in drizzle which didn’t let up for the remainder of the game, the bowlers landing area’s at this point where soaked and muddy, which basically ruled out any sort of fast bowling. Qumar and Umar opened the attack for Offley, and both were dealt with harshly, as Rudder took the attack the bowlers, often piercing the leg side boundary with wrist-y flicks. Pointing looked to play the anchor role, but took full advantage of a few short offerings. 

After much bemoaning Freeman replaced Qumar from the football ground end, the quick bowler went into full trundler mode, as he jogged towards the crease to release some gentle deliveries, and Coonsel replaced Umar from the club house end for his first bowl as an Offley player. Freeman produced a quicker delivery to clean bowl Pointing for 12, this only succeeded in bringing Parkin to the wicket. After beating Parkin’s bat a couple of times, Freeman was dispatched to the boundary by the batsmen in ever worsening bowling conditions. Coonsel bowled well, as he sent down 4 over’s for the cost of 25 runs, which included the only maiden of the innings. Holwell reached the 100 mark after 16 over’s  

Hum and B Austin came onto bowl with only 20 runs required to victory, Rudder and Parkin took a liking both bowlers, and the target was reached 2.4 over’s later. Holwell chased down the target in 18.4 over’s for the loss of just 1 wicket, so not a great day for Offley if truth be told.