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Offley & Stopsley CC II's Vs Caddington II's ; 3rd May
OSCC II's Lost by 69 runs
Whilst the media, politicians and the worlds hypocondriacs tried their best to scare the population into submission over the oncoming of armeggedon in the shape of the 'terryfying' pig flu, Offley's second string showed they have nothing to fear after proving beyond doubt they are unable to catch anything. A sorry ealy season showing in the field cost the dearly at Caddington in a game that was lost with the firs 4 dropped catches.
Skipper Cooper decided to field first on a lovely afternoon and with high hopes the team took the field with firm intentions to give him a debut win. Mark Ward and Cooper himself opened the bowling and straight away got the batsmen thinking on a fast bouncy wicket. Unfortunately, the new ball and a hard and fast oufield helped the batsmen off to a somewhat quick start.
Keeley was the first culprit, spilling a low but easy chance at gulley when he completly misjudged the flight of the ball and got hit in the 'privates' instead of catching it while diving forward attempting the chance of Crump Snr. Two overs later the same man drove straight to mid-off to Dathan Sale who spilled it. The unlucky bowler Chamberlain was left to scratch his head again when the same man dropped a dolly in the next over of the same batsman (three lives used on his was to 36).
Chamberlain finally made the breakthrough on 71 when in his last over he produced a beauty and clean bowled the young Crump. Wayne Cutts joimed the attack at this point and after bowling his customary 'crap' two balls, got going with a belter taking Crump's middle stump with his 3rd ball after coming out of his short lived retirement.
Indeed, this was Cutts's day as he found line and length, as well as consistency. Caddington could not come to terms with his variation in pace and with Gary Law bowling just as well Offley proceeded to take wickets at regular intervals. They could not stem the flow of runs though, as the score steadily built Copper brought in Hume to stem the flow, despite his efforts the score eventually reached 171 all out with Wayne Cutts scoring career best figures of 6-36.
In reply Offley got off to a flier thanks to Keeley's big hitting. Starting with 18 runs off the second over of the day he smashed the ball to all parts in an opening stand of 56 of 7.4 overs. Caddington brought on Crump and the impressive Sullemain to stem the flow and so it proved when Keeley was bowled for a quick fire 42. Carl Clare soon followed LBW to Crump and this brought the timber tumbling.
Dathan Sale competed a miserable day with a duck, Gargan came and went along with Gary Chamberlain for more ducks. When Hume and Law came together the away side were 58-6 and hopelessly adrift. They restored some pride with a beliggerent stand of 31 before Hume was caught in the covers, the tail offered scant resistance before the inevitable defeat.
Offley II's finished an enjoyable day knowing a sharper performance in the field would have given them a much greater chance of of giving the skipper his maiden win.