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Offley & Stopsley CC 101-8 Vs Caddington CC 100 All Out ; 28th June

OSCC Won by 2 Wickets

On a warm muggy day at the Offley recreation Ground, Darrell Cooper finally broke the longest winless run ever by a cricket captain, to lead Offley to victory over Caddington.

With a team top heavy in bowlers, Cooper called correctly at the toss again and Offley where fielding. He opened the attack with M Ward and Himself. After an average day in the field the previous day, Freeman had a point to prove, and that he did, as he produced a one handed diving stop from Gary N, which frustrated the batsmen, as he then smashed the very next ball to the same fielder to give M Ward his first wicket of the day.

Crump became M Ward’s second victim has he got a very good ball which pitched middle and knocked back off-stump. Brendan didn’t last long, as he chipped the ball just over M Ward’s head, only for an alert Freeman to being mopping up just behind the stumps. After a solid spell Cooper made way for A Ward. The ginger twins took a bit of stick in the next few others as Lee launched some lusty blows over midwicket to find the boundary, which also produced a lost ball which took 10 minutes to find.

After taking 3-33 from 7 over’s, M Ward made way for Vish Patel; the wheels feel off at this point for Caddington as Vish made a mockery of Lee’s defensive prod and then had Mike caught first ball by Williams. Vish then removed the dangerous Cooky as the batsmen played a poor shot across the line to be trapped bang in front for 31.

Williams replaced A Ward, and got into the wickets straight away, as he removed Phil, courteous of a good catch by Freeman, who swopped round behind the stumps and deployed the tumble and roll technique to take the catch. Willis then held onto a good catch at mid-off to dismiss Matt to give Vish his fourth wicket. After troubling the Luton Airport radar’s with some terrible moon ball’s (think mo, plus 15 meters) he wrapped the innings up by removing the OD brothers. Caddington all out inside 21 over’s for 100.

After a brilliant tea by the Law father and Son partnership, Offley set out to chase down the getable 101 required for victory, and hopefully seal Cooper’s first win as Skipper. Hum and the reluctant Van Hoof opened the innings for Offley. Things got off to the worst possible start as Hum Chipped/Spooned/ Looped a rank long hop to mid off to be out for 0. Freeman batting at the heady heights of Number 3, set about trying to score some runs. Van Hoof was next to go, as he aimed a swipe through mid-wicket, only to be given out LBW, he just wasn’t quite outside the line of Off-stump. Willis went first ball as he played over a full length ball and Wardley departed for 0 in the next over, as Offley slumped to 4-3.

This brought Law and Freeman together, as Offley were starring down the barrel. The pair decided to see off the opening pair and take thinks steady until drinks. The score at drinks was 26-4 from 20 over’s, but with a small total, that left Offley 75 to get from 20 over’s, which was more than getable with Freeman and Law now well set.

The pair accelerated after drinks; as Law found the Boundary on two occasions and Freeman found the gaps to pick-up numerous singles and two’s. Freeman finally found the boundary with a neat cut shot, as the pair advanced the score to 78-4 with 9 over’s remaining. Freeman was finally beaten by a good Yorker from Brendon, as a tired prod failed to dig the ball out. Freeman scored 32 in a partnership of 75, with Law scoring 24 and extras contributing 19. The target now 22 from 8 over’s was within reach with Offley’s attacking tail.

A Ward came and went quickly, before Williams smashed a much needed boundary. Williams departed soon after, as he was caught superbly at extra cover. Vish and Law added some more vital runs, leaving Offley needing 5 from the last over. Law departed having a swing, for a top knock of 32. M Ward was caught off a no ball and Vish survived a run out chance, before the pair hit the winning run with two balls remaining. A good team effort in the field helped Offley get over the line, and allow Cooper to break that duck. Simmons awaits next week for a rejuvenated second team, as Hum, Van Hoof and Willis are due a score next week for sure.