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Offley & Stopsley CC 244 -2 Vs Baldock 158 all out - 8th June

OSCC Won by 86 runs

On a glorious sunny day at the Rec, OSCC dished a thrashing to a game Baldock outing who toiled in the heat of the day to some fine batting from orur top order.

After winning the toss, Skipper Bexfield obeyed the strict instructions from just about everyone to bat first in order to avoid the heat of the day. Thus Nathan Brodie and Dave Bridgland strode out to the crease. They didn't waste anytime getting about the bowling either. Brodie in particular looked to be in a hurry as he looked to hit every ball to any boundary he could find. Bridgland was a little more circumspect in his first outing of the season and took a more methodicall approach whilst the carnage was going on.

It couldn't last forever though, with the score on 91 after only 14 overs Brodie smashed a straight one down the throat pof deep long on and was confortably caught by a surprised Diplock on the boundary.  Mo Chaudry went to the crease needing a good innings after some recent failures and kept the scoreboard rolling. Meanwhile Bridgland started to take charge. Without ever looking in trouble he glided past his 50 with a lovely pull over square leg much to his relief and delight. From then on it was quite clear that this was going to be his day. Indeed such were the true batting condition Chaudry started to let fly, one straight six smashing a window of the club house as spectators were scattering for cover.

One will never know if Bridgland was aware of his score, but he did slow once in the nervous nineties, but with a casual cover drive he brought up his hundred amid rapturous applause. Soon after he was bowled to bring to an end an solid, casual and superb inning on 102. Keeley joined Chaudry at the crease and together the added a further 31 runs in 3 overs. Chaudry hitting two sixes and a four in a single over to bring up his fifty (5 sixes, 3 fours).

With 244 to chase Baldock had a daunting task. MAde even more so when Keeley bowled opener Watts in the third over. However Peacock was looking at ease with the world as he stroked the first ball of every over to deep mid on for a single, thus making sure the target was even further of. When Rizwan held a good catch at point before Barker took a superb C & B chance to see of Peacock the contest was as good as over.

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