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Offley & Stopsley II's, 139-9 Vs Preston III’s 137 all out ; 31st May

OSCC II’s Won by 1 Wkt

Offley & Stopsley II’s recorded their first win of the season in a thrilling finish over a stunned Preston third team.

Skipper Colin Keeley lost the toss and was asked to field first on boiling summers afternoon, since he only had 9 players to start the game it looked a daunting ask. However the late arrivals were on hand soon into the game and OSCC stuck about their task with Gary Chamberlain and Keeley opening the bowling.

Chamberlain made the breakthrough early on when he clean bowled Saunders and quickly followed this with another set of stumps when the luckless Wright got the only ball of the day that kept low on an otherwise fair wicket. Things were going smoothly with Keeley bowlinga  miserly spell at the other end, when Chamberlain produced a snorter to take Moorcroft’s bails off, the score was 21-3.

After Chamberlain was taken out of the attack with an injury Colin Williams and Adam Ward took on the batsmen to no avail and despite a solid display in the field some loose bowling from Williams prompted the early introduction of Marc Ward who found success in his third over, finding the edge of Pirton’s bat with Damian Sale taking the regulation catch.

This brought Dalae to the crease and Preston’s major partnership of the day, together with the opener Ian Murrel they put on 41 valuable runs as the bowling started to toil in the heat. Cliff Large was brought into the attack and turned the game in OSCC’s favour once again when a top edge found Gary Law at deep square leg. With T Murrell and Dalae soon following it looked like the target could be kept to a very tempting 110 or so. Only the late hitting of the tail brought the total to 137 all out in the final over.