The Ins and Outs (and Run Outs) of Hertfordshire's premier village cricket club, the one and only Offley & Stopsley CC.
All observations here are totally unofficial and not related to the club on any level.
Additionally, they are not intended to be helpful to anyone in any way.
Robert Falcon Scott - better known to posterity simply as Captain Scott - is one of the most celebrated explorers in history, destined to remember forever for his doomed trip to the South Pole. Shivering his life out in a pathetic little tent, Scott wrote, "We are showing that Englishmen can still die with a bold spirit, fighting it out to the end." He also noted, "We took risks. We knew we took them. Things have come out against us. We have no cause for complaint." Offley's finest may have cause to remember those words in September following the decision to appoint not one, but two Captain Scotts to the captaincy this season. Two men who have combined for three half-centuries in 158 innings, a return that suggests they have been elected for other skills than their prowess with the blade. Josh Scott steps up from vice-captain to replace Dan Goord on Saturdays while Scott Boatwright continues for another year in charge of the Sunday team. Scott Duck Boatwright
The Australian fast bowler Rodney Hogg once described England captain Mike Brearley as the bloke with the degree in people on account of his ability to motivate and get the best out of a wide range of individuals. In contrast Dan Goord is perhaps the bloke with the F-Grade GCSE in people on account of his ability to say the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong person. Nothing can make a bowler feel happier at making an important breakthrough than to have his captain pipe up with the encouraging comment that, "Shit takes wickets!" Goord has few rivals in his field and one day plans to release his autobiography provisionally entitled How to Lose Friends and Piss off Acquaintances . Goord arrived at the club in 2014 and is closing in on 3000 runs for the club. By the end of the 2021 season Goord had amassed 2795 runs for Offley and ranked 11th on the list of all-time run scorers for the club. And yet anyone who has seen Goord in action will know that the tally should