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Central Brittany CC beat Doctors

 

Result  Lost by 3 wickets with 9 balls remaining

 

   The 2016 BDCC tour to France commenced in warm hazy sunshine at Silfiac. Dickie Budd had sadly had passport trouble and was sorely missed. Doctors won the toss and elected to bat.

 

   Doctors started cautiously but well, compiling 60 before John Ogle was caught on the mid-wicket boundary for 26.  Demons in the well rolled but grassy pitch were present and the ball did some irregular things hitting Paisley in the mouth in the third over. This seemed to galvanise his actions and thereafter most hittable balls he received were despatched to the boundary, retiring on 31 and coming back at the end to smite two more 4ís for a fine not out, but bruised, 39.  Keith Powell blasted 9, and just as he was getting going on 16, and following a couple of lusty sixes Charlie Thomas contrived to run himself.  Hugh Ogle clipped the ball around nicely for 18 before falling lbw to Bala.  At 102 for 5 there was just time for a late acceleration, but alas the last 5 wickets fell for only 10 runs, 6 of which were contributed by a massive blow by Sam Powell before being caught by his old nemesis Lee Snelling.  James Powell, Ollie Budd, Josh Wilson and Phil Barker tried hard but were undone by good bowling and the pitch, and Jeremy Budd ended not out on 2, the total 114.

  

  Silfiacís cunning old openers John Ward and Phil both compiled watchful 30ís, with the former reprieved on the boundary by John Ogle moving to his right.  Skipper Sam skilfully rotated his seven bowlers taking wickets regularly and with skill. The dangerous Biswell was well held by Paisley who on this day could do no wrong, and Sam Powell took 3 important wickets for 13 including Gupeets who had just hit 2 sixes. Both George and Lee Snelling looked threatening, the former well caught by Hugh Ogle, whose Dad had unaccountably just dropped his father Lee. But their tail enders saw them home and we retired to an agreeable barbecue and much hospitality which helped us to forget all the dropped catches (possibly 8 ?).