Match Reports




Crowcombe All Stars beat Doctors by 6 runs


     Having discovered at the last minute that Crowcombe’s home ground had been taken over by the girl-guides, a hasty search of Somerset fortunately found us a replacement pitch at Brompton Ralph.

    Mike Watson’s youthful team won the toss and elected to bat on a well prepared grassy wicket which sloped towards the Northerly boundary at about 15 degrees, or so it seemed when you came to bat on it. An interesting and lovely ground, the Southerly and Easterly boundaries were invisible over crests on their respective horizons, and what the fielders were up to down there was concealed from the batsmen centre-stage..

   Crowcombe’s innings could not have begun more dramatically. At 6.05 Sedge bowled the first ball and their high-scoring opener Tyrone Ash set off for a gentle single after a well-placed shot into space in the covers.  By one of those quirks of fate Tom Guppy had been held up in traffic and we had borrowed one of their young fielders, William Stansfield, who swooped on the ball and threw down the stumps at the distant end with a rifling throw which found Tyrone stranded a yard short. William and he returned to the Pavilion as Tom stepped forth to make up the 11. Five balls later it happened again as their other opener was brilliantly run out by a direct throw from George Ruell. Hugh Ogle then bowled tidily for two overs for just 7 runs. The fielding was magnificent; we held all our catches including an energetic one by Jeremy Budd and at 28-5 they looked dead and buried. Skipper-for-the-day John Ogle rotated 8 bowlers, with Imogen finishing with 1-17 off 3 accurate and probing overs.  But with J Arscott providing a late flourish with 31, they reached a respectable 93.

  Doctors began slowly with Roger Hake being bowled 2nd ball, Imogen 3rd ball, and Jeremy Budd pouched in the covers for 4; Sedge lasted a long time but could only manage 12; John Ogle was called for a second run to one he had steered down to third man and was run out for 4, Tom Guppy adjudged LBW for 6, and the normally dependable Hugh Ogle played over a straight one for just 4;  but for our in-form Chris Cullum who carried his bat for another 26, and George Ruell not out for a lusty 16 we would have had an embarrassment. At the end of our 20 we were 9 down and just 6 short. It was an enjoyable occasion.