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John Ceresale

Time was when Cerasale was perhaps the most feared cricketer in the area. He was originally recruited to the Stopsley ranks as an Offley player and returned to his roots when the new club was established in 1998. In his prime he was a devastating all-rounder, capable of turning games with bat or ball. While those days are long gone – due to the inexorable march of time and too much easy living – Cerasale is still an effective performer, regardless of the fact that it took him until June to register his first boundary in 2005.

Cerasale hits the ball with tremendous power and has caused spectators to scatter and run for cover at numerous grounds. He has also displayed his devastating power to impressive effect in the nets, on one occasion upending Luton Nomads’ scorer with a fizzing straight drive.

His bowling has lost a yard or three over the seasons and he now prefers to concentrate on squeezing the life out of batsmen and restricting the scoring rate. Offley’s run miser can generally be relied upon to bowl a tight and steady spell but show him the prospect of a green-top, a favourable breeze and the chance to come down the hill and Cerasale can still find the capability to crank it up a notch.

He has produced some of his finest displays in the short version of the game. Cerasale scooped Man of the Match honours in the 2002 and 2003 finals as he produced some explosive hitting and snaffled crucial wickets.

These days his attention is gradually turning towards the golf course although his display at the Offley Masters may have convinced him that for the moment his athletic desires can best be satisfied on the cricket pitch. He boasts an enviable record of having turned up for every AGM in living memory and emerging unscathed from each one without being burdened with any responsibility.