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Crowcombe All Stars lost to Doctors by 8 runs


 

††† The last game of the season, 30 overs and retire on 35 started well for the Docs with John Ogle yet again winning the toss and, in overcast but warm and dry conditions, electing to bat. No fewer than 17 players had wanted to play in this game, and not surprisingly so since those whose memories go back to last year will have recalled that Crowcombe pavilion boasts some excellent facilities including Dyson hand dryers in the Gents - luxury indeed.

††† Georgie Adcock opened the innings with her father and soon smacked a boundary to long leg; alas she then offered a return catch to the bowler Lewis, and departed. Chris Cullum arrived to hit a rapid-fire 22 including three 4ís and a majestic 6 into the pasture at long on, but was then clean bowled attempting another mighty hit.Matt Bere maintained the momentum pounding the boundary with six 4ís and one 6, retiring on a fine 36.John Ogle on-drove Keefa Watsonís first ball back over his head for 4 and managed a couple more boundaries before getting one that reared from a length and off his defending gloves plopped into the hands of their short mid-on. It should be noted that for several years Watson bowled in parallel with Dom Bess (of Somerset and England fame) at their school, and out-performed him in the averages.Dicky Budd smashed five 4ís and a 6 before he too retired, on 38. At the other end Rob Adcock was biding his time, perhaps hoping to carry his bat through the innings, but at 32 well-crafted runs he was leg-before to one that just kept straight on. Will Bere and Tom Guppy put together a useful tail-end partnership, and at the close Doctors had scored a reasonably impressive 183.

††† Tea was then served, and the sun came out for the All Stars who, thanks to fine bowling from Sedge and Will Bere were restricted to initially scoring only in ones. Doctors rotated 7 bowlers, the pick of them being Tom Adams, first time back from marriage, who finished with figures of 3 for 26 off 5. Dicky Budd was outstanding at deep mid-wicket scampering backwards and forwards, taking one fine low catch and stopping (almost) everything that came his way. Chris Cullum behind the stumps took a good catch off the inside edge. Tom Guppy, Jeremy Budd and Matt Bere all impressed the selectors, but it was Will Bere who came back to bowl a tidy last over, preventing All Stars from scoring the two boundaries they needed to snatch victory.

††† Everyone said they would play again next year..