Budleigh Salterton Doctors beat Doctors by 3 wickets
Ten members of BDCC and one guest Elliot Trottman arrived at the illustrious Budleigh Salterton ground (previously graced by Don Bradman himself) in such good time that the first ball was bowled early at 1125, John Ogle having successfully called tails and electing to bat.
Despite the warm but overcast conditions, the ball failed to move around much, but the third delivery removed Andrew Paisley’s middle stump just after he had hit a stunning boundary. His opening partner Elliot T played a cautious innings and was there to witness 4 others come and go before he was able to retire for 31. Matt Bere uncharacteristically played round one and departed for just 8. Fortunately our middle order biffed the ball around and ran energetically, Graham Ferguson retiring on 31, the formidable Dickie Budd for 31 (both hitting a majestic 6), and Hugh Ogle, fresh from 4 days of Rugby training, a fine 30. By then there were just 5 of the 30 overs left, and John Ogle having hit off-spinner Max Mejner to the mid-wicket boundary, was undone by the next ball that turned abruptly the other way and was correctly adjudged lbw. The promising Will Bere scored an enterprising 9, but the tail-enders Josh Venner, his father Ivor, and Jeremy Budd were unable to find any acceleration; Ivor was run out backing up without facing a ball, and our total of 164 from our 30 overs, looked a little thin.
Matt and Will Bere opened the bowling for us and seemed to have things well under control when the younger Bere had Harper well caught by Trottman for just 5. However Harry P at the other end then cut loose to reach his 31 in no time. Jeremy Budd bowled their no 3 Charlie Parker, just after he had hit a 6, then had Bailey caught at short mid-off by Will Bere with a stunning catch, and then Aitken caught by Trottman for 0. Ivor Venner came on and immediately put no 6 back in the Pavilion with a juggling catch, once more by Trottman who held onto the ball at deep cover at the fourth attempt. Just when we seemed to have the game wound up at about 80 for 6 off 18 overs, Max and Rick Mejzner came together and with a fighting partnership of about 70 turned the tide irretrievably in their favour.
We had alas bowled 13 wides, but we had held all our catches (5).
The match ending at 3pm, lunch was taken in the form of a fine BBQ and, it being low tide and warm, some of us then went for a swim.