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Offley & Stoplsey CC 69-10 Vs Flamstead II's 161-10 ; 16th Aug

OSCC II's Lost by 92 runs

It was a great start to the day at the Offley  Recreation ground with the youngsters taking on the might of the Luton Town and Indian youngsters. The highlight possibly being the 31 scored by the younger of the Ward brothers, Adam.

The colts ended up beating the premier side in the area comprehensively which perhaps gives us all hope that there is a new Monty Panesar amongst them. Unfortunately I don’t have the scorebook in front of me so can’t give a better report.

It was all down hill for the club from then on though. With the temperature rising the skippers strode out to the middle to inspect the already used pitch and to toss the coin. A call of heads came from the opposition captain, which meant he had the choice, and he elected to bat.

With a depleted bowling attack at his disposal skipper cooper turned to himself and the youngster Page to open the attack. After an indifferent opening over young Page found his range and took a wicket in his next 3 overs, giving figures of 3 for 15, and making the ageing skipper at the other end contemplating changing his bowling boots for batting ones.

A double change brought the other 2 youngsters into play, Adam Ward and Josh Hook. They both bowled tidy spells and after there allotted 4 overs were replaced by Large and Law. Gary Law bowled a very good spell with figures of 8 overs 2 maidens 1 for 15, which kept the side in with a chance of keeping the total to something they may be able to reach.

Once Law had finished there were just the 4 overs left from that end, and as he had been nagging for several overs to return to the attack, the skipper threw the ball to young Page. He unfortunately found out that bowling at the end is not as easy as bowling at the start, and ended up bowling 2 overs for 13 runs. The skipper whipped him out of the attack and brought himself on, only to discover the same thing as the last over went for some 20 runs and with it the probable chance of a gettable total. Whilst all this was going on Paul Hum was bowling a steady spell at the other end to return figures of 8-2-33-1.

After another great Tea prepared by the Law family it was Offleys turn to bat. Due to needing to leave early, something about his mums 87th birthday party, Cliff Large opened the batting with Wayne Cutts. It was now that Flamstead showed us there Monty Panesar as there 16 year old off spinner opened the bowling and reduced the team to 11 for 6.

He bowled a good line and length and actually turned the ball, which is something our batsmen don’t really see in the nets. He bowled Large in his first over for 1 and then bowled Cutts in his second over. He then bowled Dathan Sale leaving one alone with his next ball, despite the warnings he received from the batsman at the other end. The look on Sales face was a picture, as if to say you can’t do that, that’s cheating. So that brought to the crease Damian Sale on a hat trick ball. To be fair Damien saw off the hat trick ball, only to dance down the wicket for the next one and cream it in the air to cover, who took a great catch diving to his left. It was now 4 for 2 with the in form Ward coming to the crease. Ward and Williams steadied the ship for an over or 2 until young Ward made the mistake of playing back on a pitch that was getting lower and slower by the second, and was bowled without scoring. This brought the relied Gary law to the crease and with plenty of overs left he did what the rest should have done, he dug in. With the young Smith still bowling however there was still danger and he eventually bowled Colin Williams for an unusually quiet 2. In his words he admitted to not playing an attacking shot. Young Josh Hook arrived at the crease to show some potential, especially with one great shot off his legs for 4. He too however made the mistake of playing back to be bowled. This brought the other stalwart of the side, well when batting this low down anyway, to the crease. Our Aussie import, Paul Hum, proceeded to have a great day in the end in scoring 25 in good time before being bowled by Gibson. Young Charlie Page came and went to bring the skipper to the crease. After seeing off an over Law asked for permission to open his shoulders, which the skipper dually gave with the comment, as long as I don’t have to run. Gary Law promptly hit the next 2 balls for 4 and was then bowled by Gibson for 21.

The only bright side from the game were the 3 wickets from Page and the fact that the 2nds didn’t loose by as many as the first team. Perhaps we should just let the colts play next week as they seem to be having a better run the adults