Doctors lost to Burnham
Had we unearthed three more players from their winter quarters the result of our first match of the season to be played at Cannington might well have been very close. In the event, despite their athletic –looking and youthful appearance, the boys of Burnham only just managed to overtake our score with just 3 tail-end wickets left.
As usual for this time of year we had a well-prepared track but a ball-stopping boggy area between mid-off and the Pavilion, in which building there were none of the usual signs of truancy and Winter-cleaning had taken place. The sight-screens had disappeared.*
Sam Powell having won the toss, Rob Adcock and John Ogle put on a useful opening partnership of 30 in even time before Adcock called for an over-ambitious 2nd run to someone with a good arm. Ogle fell leg before playing around a good length ball from Norris on 12. Graham Ferguson looked in good nick til he was well caught in the deep for 23, while at the other end the Skipper added 6 and Dickie Budd a rapid 19 including 2 majestic sixes. Charles Jenkinson easily overtook his previous best score for us with a spirited 7 not out, and Jeremy Budd added a single before the innings closed on 88.
Fortunately Tom Guppy was prised off the wounded bench to do a fine job with the gloves, thwarting many a bye. But the Burnham batsmen all contributed usefully with Harris making a critical 15 at no 7 to ease them home with 2 overs to spare in crepuscular light. Sam Powell bowled highly effectively with variations of disguised pace off his shorter run-up, producing excellent figures of 3-22 off 4. Jeremy Budd had the opener Worthington caught for 15 just when he was accelerating dangerously. Ferguson conceded a parsimonious 1-11 in his 4 overs, and Dicky Budd ended with a creditable 2-23 from his 4.
The elements left us dry but a trifle cold, and we were happy to head for shelter.
* more anon..