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Offley & Stopsley 151-5 Vs Letchworth IV's 150-10 ; 13th Aug
OSCC Won by 5 Wkts
OSCC remain 2nd in the table after a comprehensive but hard fought win against Letchworth IV's in the grounds of an old mental asylum. Some of the early catching attempts were indeed enough to send the bowlers to the funny farm in frustration.
Things improved with 2 catches a piece from Mark Tattersall and Andrew Van Hoof and stand-in keeper Dhrupal Patel who kept beautifully all afternoon. Indeed Tatt's 2nd catch was a quite remarkable one handed effort on the long-on boundary. After misjudging the flight of the ball, he appeared to have given up, stuck his hand above his head and pouched it as if it was a flying beer to cheer up the one-legged bowler Keeley who ended with figures of 3-37 of 15 arduous overs. Nathan Brodie, Van Hoof and Mark Tattersall also weighed in with 2 wickets apiece.
The innnings was finished of with a clever run out by Darren Lunney who took the ball at mid-off and instead of throwing to the keeper dived at the bowlers stumps to run the hapless batsman out.
Bexfield and Patel opened the batting, Patel played a truelly ugly swipe at a straight one to bring Mo Chaudry to the crease early on where upon he proceeded to tough it out against the early hostile fast bowling. Bexfield played himself in, then inexplicably slapped a long hop to point.
The game settled down when Marc Ward came to the crease, playing some wonderful cover drives he looked in no trouble at all when he too played a stupid shot to a long hop to lose his wicket for 37.
Andrew Van Hoof continued his fine recent form, the ex Dutch Schoolboy international was joined by 'captain tourettes' Nathan Brodie for the decisive stand. Together they put on a 50 run partnership of stroke play to bring victory and another 30 points.
After Stevenage III's beat Botany Bay with only three balls left in the match, the season is heading for a grandstand finish, with OSCC playing them at home in two weeks, things look set for a thrilling end to the league season.