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Dave Bridgeland

Over the years few players have come close to reinventing themselves in as many roles as the club’s current chairman. Bridgland began life at Offley as a wicket keeper who excelled in standing up to seamers and spinners alike and recorded 21 stumpings. At that stage he complemented his keeping with some notable displays in the top order, enjoying perhaps the highlight of his career with a sensational performance at Hitchin to lead Offley to victory against the Cricketers during the successful Millman League campaign in 2000.

After hanging up his keeping gloves, Bridgland turned his attention to his bowling and provided the club with a reliable and effective spin bowler while allowing his batting to take something of a back seat. Although he did not enjoy his greatest season with the ball he still broke the 100-wicket mark for his career at Offley and showed flashes of considerable ability. He continues to be a safe catcher of the ball and is particularly adept at holding on to any attempts that may be lashed back at him off his own bowling.

While his bowling fell back slightly in 2005 there was a welcome return to form with the bat as he enjoyed more opportunities in the top six and demonstrated that he can still cause problems for any attack. Armed with a custom-made bat that enables him to benefit from the famous extra inch, Bridgland cracked 417 runs and joined Steve Bexfield as the only players to score 3,000 runs and take 100 wickets for the club.

Bridgland’s resurgence as a batsman has been carefully chronicled by his better half, Hillary. Since deposing the numerically-challenged Dennis Day as scorer, Hillary has brought a calm and effective air to Offley’s score book. Yet while she never has any problems in making sure her book adds up, even she is powerless to stop her other half from smearing the occasional long hop straight into the hands of a fielder.