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Offley & Stopsley, 169-8 Vs Aspley Guise II's 131 all out ; 15th May
OSCC Won by by 38 runs
Curious as it may seem Offley & Stopsley won this match by the same margin as last years game on this date, check it, it's true. The victory was achieved in much the same sort of close encounter.
Captain Freeman lost the toss and was quite relieved to be asked to bat first, with no top class batsmen available to him this day he had already decided on a mix and match approach to his batting order, with the unusual policy of putting one of the clubs most dangerous batsmen in the line up at 9 and asking his most unlikely batsmen to open the batting.
Lunney and Keeley faced the opening overs with some comfort and no real difficulty, until Lunney was bowled when the ball hit his bat onto his pads dropped to the ground and then rolled onto the stumps.
Keeley smashed a quick 24 before being done with a Yorker after hitting an immaculate hook to a bouncer. Then came Paul Hum, our Aussie import. Never having scaled the heights before this was HIS day.
Hum and Josh Hook came together at 68-5, making slow and stead progress with plenty of overs to use the pair built a partnership of 79 in 21 overs. The highlight of which was Hum’s first ever 6. A glorious straight drive hitting the sight screen with a smack. Alas his first ever half century for the club wasn’t to be. Bowled on 49, he was gutted.
Offley & Stopsley posted a respectable 169-8 maybe 20 runs short of a winning target.
Colin Keeley opened the bowling and got the 1st wicket straight away with a catch at gulley by Chris Toller. At no point did the ball go in his hands, just sort of hit his chest and rolled onto his thigh as he fell over. Bizarre catch, two overs later Toller hurt his leg whilst retrieving a boundary and promptly went home.
Wickets fell, Aspley Guis scored runs quickly and looked on target, especially when the big hitting Harrison got into his flow with big hitting his only outlet, it was looking ominous.
Enter Captain Freeman. After a small spat regarding Keeley’s prowess in the field, Matty charged in possessed with anger, fury and hurt and unleashed 3 balls of unplayable pace. HATRICK, all clean bowled.
The final wickets were taken by Freeman to earn a solid victory on a day when players stood up and made themselves worth the shirt.