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Offley & Stopsley CC Vs Potten II's - 10th Aug
OSCC Won by 6 Wkts
Surprisingly enough the whole team made it for the early 1pm start all the way out into the wilds of North Bedfordshire for this crucial game. On a blazing hot and humid day skipper Steve Bexfield lost the toss and so we were put in the field in the heat of the afternoon. At least we had noone other than the opposition to blame for that as surely the skipper would have chosen to field anyway, such his ruthless nature when it comes to league cricket.
A dream start as Keeley managed to force a false shot from the dangerous looking opener in only the third over after the home team had put on 19. Rizwan was not to be outdone and followed this with a scorching over which accounted for two more batsmen. A third came soon afterwards and Potten II's were rocking at 23-4. A middle order stand from two of the oppositions more experienced palyers of 95 got them back in the game. OSCC stayed focused throughout this to slowly whittle away at the batsmen. Rizwan eventually taking 5 wickets from the Potten innings of 153-9 of the alloted 53 overs.
Steve Bexfield and Mo Chaudry opened the reply in steady and resolute fashion, OSCC comfortable run down the total in only 35 overs. Bexfield getting yet another 50 odd in an innings most notable for the bizarre dismall of Darrne Lunney. The whippet like runner called a single only to be turned down by the striker, he was halfway down the pitch at this stage, but un-wooried. The fielders shy at the stumps missed, travelled the length of the wicket passing the strolling Lunney only to hit the other set of stumps to run him out. Strange! The redoubtable Lunney didn't say a word, no complaints, no tantrums. He simply got in his car and went home!
Ickleford won again so OSCC remain second in the table hungrily staring at the five point deficit cause by the lack of two runs way back on the 19th May when we failed to get the required total by just two runs to force victory, oh my the drops that day may prove crucial.