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Offley & Stopsley CC 2nd's 103-10 Vs Preston III's 146-10 ; 23rd Aug

OSCC II's Lost by 33 runs

On hot sultry day the O&S skipper was hoping to be able to win the toss and bat, unfortunately he won the toss and had to field due to the 8 players who were 16 or under in the side.

With a captaincy nightmare possibly ahead the skipper decided to keep his senior bowlers, well in age anyway, back. He opened the bowling with the reliable M. Ward at one end and the scatter brained C. Page at the other. Being the senior member Ward got choice of end which instantly upset Page as he, apparently, can only bowl from that end. Let’s hope we don’t have another Freeman on our hands. That said both of them bowled well with said page picking up an early wicket with a rank long hop that somehow ended up down at long leg/square leg to be excellently caught by the running Ward. A good start for the youthful team.

Due to their age the skipper needed to start rotating the bowlers, bringing himself on at one end and Gary Law at the other gave a little respite for his brain. Unfortunately as he was bowling off spin instead of his usual seamers he got through his over’s a lot quicker than expected. All of a sudden it was time for more of the youngsters to bowl. The problem now being that he didn’t know who did what. The good news was that at least most of them wanted to have a go. And that is pretty much what happened, most of them had a go with young Cadden perhaps being the pick as he picked up 3 wickets in his 4 over spell.

We can at least say from the efforts put in that Offley and Stopsley will have a decent bowling attack going into and hopefully through the next decade, which is good as Cooper seems to be falling apart as the 8 over’s of off spin he bowled seems to have caused more damage than 8 of seam.

It has to be noted that all the young lads bowled and fielded really well on what was a long hot afternoon. Catches were caught and most fielding attempts came off as they tried to up there games for what was, for most of them, their first or second senior games.

And so to the batting.

This is always the difficult bit for the second team as there are no real outstanding batsmen, especially as most of the better ones had been poached by the first team. The batting order was a nightmare for the skipper as it is difficult to shoe horn 8 colts into it and spread them amongst the senior players. So he didn’t, the opening pair were 2 of the senior players, himself and Damien Sale.

It all looked good for a couple of over’s as both players picked up a single against what looked like a mediocre attack. In the 3rd over Copper decided the ball was there to hit and drove it majestically back over the bowlers head. The umpire was about to signal a 6 when all of a sudden, like a genie out of a bottle, a man appeared on the long on boundary to snaffle a great catch. Not a great start.

This was the beginning of the youngsters coming in to bat. Chasing a target of 142 looked a long way off now.

And so it proved. Apart from the odd contribution it turned into a bit of precession. Indeed if it hadn’t been for a great knock from young Josh Hook the score line would have been embarrassing.