Doctors beat Budleigh Docs
This Summer has kept going, Indian-style, into late September and beyond. And so it was appropriate that an additional fixture, conceived in April on the Sub-Continent, came about.
Finding a venue for this game had proved a problem, most clubs having shut down, but our friends at Crowcombe came up trumps, and Dr Rick Mejzner arrived punctually with his team of likely lads from Budleigh Salterton, all clad in their sponsored sky-blue outfits, just in case floodlights were necessary, but they weren’t.
Captain Sam Powell having won the toss, inserted us and himself, and was soon scoring freely on the dry and true wicket. In Budleigh they play a form of cricket without lbw’s, we were told; so there was not much appealing went on. Having lost both Phil Barker (from Bicester - do you remember him ?) and Georgie Adcock in quick time, at the other end, he then found a partner in our senior batsman Graham Ferguson with whom he must have put on 100 runs, as they retired on 53 and 50 respectively. Presumably dwelling on his daughter’s `blob’, Rob Adcock managed just a single before being castled by the speed-merchant from the Budleigh fish ‘n chip shop who bowled quite tidily with much venom. John Ogle played a watchful game against this fellow, taking singles in the gaps, plus a sudden 6 over wide mid-wicket, until cruelly run out by a majestic throw for a grafted 27, some of which he shared with son Hugh. After Keith Powell was out for 5 to the accurate spin of Rick’s son Max Mejzner, Hugh hit 3 forcing boundaries before also being bowled for 19 by his school-mate, Max. After Matt Bere was uncharacteristically skittled for 0 by the menacing Daz, Dickie Budd took to his task with a fine 4 and then a 6 in the region of long-on, and was still there at the close, on 16. For the visitors , Max M. produced the best figures with 4-35 off 6, and the Docs ended their 30 overs on 192.
Tea, provided by Mrs Hunt (mother of Ed) was superb.
No doubt affected by the tea, Budleigh began only cautiously, and after 6 overs, they were 33-3 thanks to the skill of Matt Bere (3-20), Sedge Seymour (1-23), and some amazingly athletic fielding by Keith Powell, whose son Sam had given him almost the whole of the uphill half of the pitch to defend, while on the downhill Pavilion side we cheered him on. Georgie Adcock took 2 wickets for 17 in a tidy spell, and her father Rob ran someone out with an incredible pick-up and direct hit from deep mid-on which earned huge applause. Dickie Budd bowled well for 0-12, and Hugh Ogle took 2-13 off 3; the skipper turned the screw with 2-23 for a further 3.
For the visitors J. Wastenage (`I don’t normally play cricket’) hit 61, Tom Oxland 22, and Rick Mejzner 21. For a time it looked they were in with a chance, but failed to use their last 7 overs, and ended 40 short. 358 runs had been scored in a most memorable and enjoyable encounter. The refreshments afterwards at the Rising Sun were excellent, and our guests stated they would much like to come again next year.
And so the Season drew to a close, on a high and warm note.