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Offley & Stopsley CC 50 all out Vs Wheathampstead 51 -4 ; 26th May 2012

Lost by 6 Wkts

A batting disaster for OSCC from start to finish. A day when anything that the batsmen could do, they did wrong against some good bowling. The normally reliable, the sometimes great and those that are still learning all failed in the blazing sunshine at Wheathampstead CC.

A club as long standing and as redoubtable as Wheathampstead claim to be can rarely have had a better day in the field, with OSCC batsmen walking to and from the pitch as if it was a sponsored relay walk. Noone did anything of note with the bat.

50 all out and all that, the lowest score Offley & Stopsley Cricket Club have ever posted, a shameful record that noone seemed to be too bothered about, it was just one of those days when edges where met, catches taken and gates being opened without anyone getting going. It happens.

To be fair, the bowlers took on a losing cause with some gusto. The opening pair of Nathan Brodie and Darren Lunney bowled with skill, guile and agression, never letting the batsmen relax. Lunney took a wicket that looked like being a consolation when he got a wicked turner to beat McEwan with a beauty. Then he got another when his 'zooter' kept low and beat the batsmen's defences, Brodie clean bowled Griffiths and more joy followed when Lunney's spin once again fooled the batsmen. This time the ball top edged to mid-on where the youngsters Kempton and Hook both tried for the catch. Kempton missed, but a diving Josh Hook took it. 24-4. GAME ON.

With the game looking more exciting the match took a calmer turn when P Griffiths and Kiek faced up to the pressure and brought Wheathamsptead to the inevitable victory after only 19.4 overs.

So the Saracens league 2012 season looks like being an uphill battle from the begining, after the rain, cold weather and losing the first two games played heavily, the league table sees OSCC looking up from the bottom. The only way is up eh!

FT: Quote of the day spoken to the late arriving Colin Keeley who was too late to take part in the match "We were told to hang in there and keep our wickets intact until you arrived". Errrrrmmmmmmm