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Doctors lost to Butterworth Jones


 

    Having been told that the Cannington pitch was unplayable, Butterworth Jones who last beat us 65 years ago were keen to find another venue,  and so it was that a diminished team of Bridgwater Doctors, namely John and Hugh Ogle and two of Hugh’s mates, Tom Clark and Ed Hunt went as your representatives to Lydeard St Lawrence.  For some unfathomable reason the gremlins had got into the 3 e-mails that had been sent on the subject, and so we found ourselves 7 short of a team.  Fortunately we were able to recruit two young lads from the vast crowds of supporters in the pavilion, the brothers Ben and Ollie Luxton who normally turn out for L-St-L when not at school, and persuaded their father to do the scoring in an old book somebody from the opposition found under a table in the well-appointed club-house. Apart from John, the average age of the team was 13, illustrating our longstanding youth policy. We were kindly reinforced in the field by the opposition.

   A beautiful evening, the ground sloped down to the distant Quantock Hills, bathed in sunshine; the birds singing and the astro pitch true and hard.  We won the toss and inserted them.

   Their opening pair of Edworthy and Pavill rapidly reached 50 and retired; our opening bowlers Hunt (4-1-44) and Ben Luxton struggled to stem the flow of runs and were replaced by Ollie Luxton who took a wicket with his first ball and 4 more in a tidy spell;  Hugh Ogle (4-3-8)then took a sharp return catch, and two more victims with the help of Tom Clark behind the stumps. Edworthy and Pavill returned at the death to end with 46 and 34 respectively after some lusty blows into the Miscanthus grass at the Church End for a very respectable total of 122.

   The Doctors replied cautiously, and Tom Clark was on 8 when he was run out by a smart pick up and throw, Hugh Ogle similarly for 5 , but Hunt went on to a steady 19; fortunes improved with a rapid partnership of 60 for the fourth wicket and when Ollie Luxton was run out for 21,  John Ogle shortly retired after 3 sixes and some sharp singles on 33;  Ben Luxton and Clark continued the good work until the latter was run out for the second time, leaving Hugh Ogle and Luxton to score 20 off the last 3 (as we thought) overs. Alas the opposition (accountants all)  declared we had had our 16 and so the Doctors ended just 9 short of an improbable victory.  However, later scrutiny of the scorebook revealed that Butterworths managed an extra over in their 17, and so what had started as a disaster could well have been a nail-biting finish in our favour.   It didn’t seem to matter.