Skip to main content

Player Profile #9: Steve Denton


An original Stopsley player, mild-mannered swing king Steve Denton returned to the club in 2013 after a lengthy sabbatical from the game.

Stevie D may be nearing 60 (years not miles per hour) but he retains the same action and almost the same pace he once possessed three decades ago.

He wasn't quick then and he isn't quick now.

Steve is a throwback to a more genteel time when pace bowlers trained on pints, didn't believe in fielding and daubed their hair with brylcreem. 

Denton makes no secret of the fact that he would prefer not to open the bowling but a succession of captains have cheerfully ignored this, opting for his miserly line and length and ability to bowl tight spells up front.

The risk of his arm falling off means he invariably bowls his allocation in a single spell.

He recently passed the 150-wicket mark and has career-best figures for Offley of 7-38.

Despite the wickets he is best known for his economy.

Tighter than a Dan Goord single, almost a quarter of Steve's 1100 overs have been maidens and he boasts an economy rate of 2.65.

Although he has bowled nearly as many maidens (260) for the club as he has scored runs (267) he is an underrated batsman - most notably by himself - and is always prepared to dig deep for his partner.

Admittedly there are times when he knows the game is up and is happy to throw his wicket away in order to get to the bar quicker.

Steve generally tries to stick to his favourite two shots, the block and the nurdle. 

Recently he attempted to add the paddle sweep to his repertoire but this was shelved after he deflected the ball into his teeth.

In the field Steve is invariably positioned at fine leg or on the 45 in an optimistic and invariably forlorn bid to cut out the single. 

He will openly admit that fielding is not his strongest suit; if his bowling is an elegantly-tailored evening suit and his batting is a jaunty safari suit, Steve's fielding is definitely a gimp suit.

Judging by his fielding standards Steve may be the least likely man in England to catch Covid but he has occasionally pulled off a remarkable catch, most notably a one-handed effort off his own bowling at Lancaster Avenue.

He also once ran out a batsman with a swooping pick up and throw - that man has no idea how unlucky he was.

Did You Know: According to another website, Steve took 55 catches for Stopsley in 1995. Despite making just 12 appearances!


Popular posts from this blog


  It's not a secret. Everybody knows. League runs have been hard for Scott Boatwright to come by this season. Seven innings. 18 runs. Top score 6 (Before Dan ran him out - to be fair he did say he was going to get runs that day). Average 2.57. It's been hard going. But you can help. Because in 2021 it's not about orphans, or the homeless, or the starving, or about saving the rain forests. It's about Boat Aid. If everyone can find it in their hearts to pledge just one run to the cause we can really make a difference. Umpires - if the ball hits Boaty on the pads and the batsmen go through for a single, don't signal leg byes.  Give that run to Boat Aid. Scorers - if there's a bye or even a wide, don't be so quick to mark it down in the extras.  Can you not find a way to add it to Scott's tally to help him reach his goal of 100 league runs this season? Fellow batters - when batting with Boaty, can you not push for that second run to boost the Boat Aid total?

Player Profile #7: Josh Hook

  Cool. Calm. Collected. Not three words you generally associate with Offley's Mr Angry, Josh Hook. Well, maybe collected because he does like to be picked up whenever possible. The Boy With The Shit Tattoo came through the youth ranks under the expert tutelage of Darren Lunney and has been scoring runs for the Offley first team for over a decade.  Hook has now racked up over 6000 runs to rank fifth in the all-time standings and in a team littered with fading stars, has-beens and never-will-bes, he is invariably the candidate most likely to get to 20. Despite not owning a bat - something not generally associated with most leading batsmen - Hook's determination and idiosyncratic technique have helped him score four centuries - he is one of the club';s youngest-ever centurions alongside Mark Tattersall - while he has also added 30 half-centuries.  Hook currently has a timeshare arrangement with Lunney where he borrows his mentor's bat and holds him responsible for any fai

Player Profile #2: Mark Tattersall

  Once upon a time Mark Tattersall was young, reckless and mobile. These days he is older, wiser and more responsible and to be honest his mobility is of the kind customarily associated with scooters.  Over the years he has made the transformation from young tearaway to elder statesman and is now the chairman of Offley & Stopsley Cricket Club. Let that percolate for a moment; Mark Tattersall is our moral compass. Mark has also demonstrated a flair for organisation that has resulted in tours all around the world and is the brains behind the club's annual money spinner, the Offley Sixes. In a sense he has become the new Simon Warrington. That observation should impress him about as much as asking him to wear a Tottenham shirt. Just as at closing time at the bar he is invariably closing in on a double Jack Daniel's Honey, on the pitch he is closing in on the double of 5000 runs and 300 wickets. The youngest player in club history to score a century, Tattersall's batting re