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Broadway and Horton lost to Doctors

 

    Finding the venue could be tricky.  You need to turn R to Ashill off the Ilminster road out of Taunton; passing The Square and Compass public house on the L, take the second left turning afterwards.

    Enough of us found the Ground by the appointed time to win the toss and get batting on a lovely evening with a very large dry pitch, cracked and rabbit-worn in places.  Rob Adcock and John Ogle scored methodically in 1ís and 4ís at 5 an over, with Ogle retiring on 25 and Adcock shortly after on 27. This let in Hugh Ogle who fired rapidly around the wicket including one fine 6 over long-on before he too retired on 27.  His mate, Ed Hunt, was unlucky to be caught for 5, and then the man-of-the-match Dicky Budd smote 21 before also falling to a well-taken catch.  Graham Ferguson unaccountably and uncharacteristically was clean-bowled first ball by the accurate seamer John Pike, leaving Matt Bere and Andrew Guppy to rattle up 21 and 19 respectively by the end of 20 overs (in August!) for a grand total of 166, seemingly plenty.

   However, after the early loss of Andrews to a fine ball from Sedge Seymour who opened from the ditch-end, Lowman and Hilton rattled up 48 off 5 overs before the former fell once again to the accurate spin of Sedge who finished with 4 wickets (including 2 stumpings by lightning Ferguson) for 28, their batsmen continued to score quickly.  Will Bere bowled well but without success from the road-end, followed by Ed Hunt who contributed 2 accurate overs.  Jeremy Budd (3-1-26) had a wicket in his second over when his son Dickie took a fantastic running catch at full stretch at deep cover. In the final chase 4 of their batsmen were run out, three of them by superbly accurate throws from Dickie, and a fifth could have been added from a fine throw by Hugh Ogle which unfortunately the bowler couldnít gather. Andrew Guppy (3-0-21) and the ever-accurate Matt Bere (3-2-17) restricted their scoring, and Hugh Ogle (3-0-26) who was taken to task in his first over came back to bowl a tight final over in the gloaming.  Docs made a tactical error by taking the 10th wicket, allowing the dangerous Pike, who had earlier retired on 27, to return for the final assault. However, needing 4 for victory off the last ball, and batsmen and fielders fumbling for the ball in the dark, he mis-cued an attempted heave, leaving Doctors victors by the narrowest of margins in a tense and fitting finale.   People felt we should continue with this fixture.