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Butterworth Jones lost to Doctors

 

   Rumour has it that not much cricket has been played hereabouts since the heavy defeat by Taunton School Staff.  Which probably explains the loudness of the clamour for selection leading up to this fixture.  In the event 11 stalwarts arrived at the appointed hour at Staplegrove, followed shortly after by Jeremy Budd, encouraged no doubt by more balmy weather and the promise of some fish n chips to round off the evening.

    John Ogle won his first toss for about 35 years and elected to bat.  The plan of opening with Georgie Adcock and Hugh Ogle followed by Rob Adcock backfired somewhat with both Adders back in the pavilion after just 3 balls, and our fourth batsman the skipper searching hard for some kit on the boundary (the team kit-bag having gone AWOL, reportedly somewhere near Wells.)  Both father and son started with a single and then launched into boundaries.  John Ogle reached retirement on 30, allowing Richard Budd to set out his stall after a few hesitant sighters;  Hugh retired for 32,  Andrew Paisley fell on 12,  and Will Ogle (returning from a rest from cricket) fired off a rapid 20 before being well caught attempting another forcing shot.  Andrew Guppy smashed four 4s and Dickie Budd was still there for 28 at the close.

   Needing 160 to win,  Butterworths struggled with the accurate bowling of Sedge Seymour (4-1-22) and Charles Macadam (4-0-24), and it was only their skipper David Edwards who hit three 6s and three 4s in his 39 who really threatened.  Dickie Budd began erratically but then took a good caught & bowled to dismiss Evans; shortly afterwards he pouched a stunning diving catch at silly mid-off only to have it adjudged not-out by the square-leg umpire apparently after he had consulted his horoscope.

   Enthusiastic fielding, good spirit, two wickets apiece to the speedy Andrew Guppy (3-2-1), along with the guile of Tom Adams (also 3-2-1) and Jeremy Budd (2-1-5), allowed Andrew Paisley to finish off the last man with their total only 84.   A comprehensive victory.