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Darrell Cooper

Darrell Cooper: Cooper holds just about every bowling record at the club, including most wickets, maidens and overs bowled. His figures of 7-13 are also the finest ever recorded by an Offley & Stopsley bowler.

His 213 wickets have come at a cost to his body, a hip injury seriously restricting his effectiveness over the past two seasons. In a bid to remain effective Cooper flirted with off-spin in 2004. Despite a tremendous performance at Old Warden where he helped Offley to a dramatic victory, the general consensus was that the experiment was not a great success. The propensity of batsmen to smear the cunningly flighted off breaks into nearby fields was part of the reason. In 2005 he returned to his long run up and proved that he is still capable of delivering the odd quick spell and produced the remarkable figures of 8-0-96-3 in the narrow 216-run defeat against Houghton Town.

There is not a great deal that can be said about Cooper’s batting. His preferred mode is not to have to bat at all but should the situation command his presence at the crease – often as Offley’s last and only hope – he is willing to apply his famous defensive shot, lunging forward with pad and bat together to play the ball. He hit the first six of his career in 2004, taking advantage of a strong tailwind, heavy bat and short boundary to prompt cheers and shouts of disbelief from his teammates.

Cooper has benefited from the move to Offley more than most by opting to go native and settling down in the village with his wife Karen. In the process the club has gained a groundsman and a tea lady who have both contributed considerably to the well-being of the club. Cooper takes a great deal of pride in his pitches and often seems more concerned that batsmen should flourish on those surfaces against his bowling than about actually getting them out. Few opponents are churlish enough to decline the hospitality offered by Cooper, often settling in for bed and breakfast before helping themselves to a nice, juicy pie.