Doctors beat Huntsmen
The Huntsmen have evolved from Trull Trundlers whom we narrowly beat last year but who smashed us the year before. They arrived punctually, and it was immediately apparent from the appearance of several lithe youths and a few middle-aged has-been experts that it was going to be a challenging affair.
BDCC batted first. The wicket had every appearance of having been maltreated the day before and since then, severely neglected. It had not had the benefit of a roller, and there were lumps of mud lying around.
Sure enough, the ball came through with much variability. John Ogle failed to score off a series of deliveries that moved extravagantly off the seam, until one from Richard Payne came the other way and comprehensively yorked him. At the other end Mickey Masters received a third ball flyer from pacey Tom Minchin (just released from the Sherborne firsts) that he could only fend off his face for it to float gently into the keeper’s grateful hands. Graham Ferguson was dropped second ball to a dolly at slip, but then launched into a series of boundaries, whilst Hugh Ogle got a leading edge for 2 trying to force off his toes a ball that stopped on him. At 20-3 after 8 overs, things were dire. Phil Barker, perhaps a little rustily, played the ball cunningly into open spaces, and he and Fergie were able to make inroads into the bowling of Jeremy Minchin and Madge, until Fergie was well-held by Archie Bromfield at deep mid-on for 26. The score at this point was 44-4 off 10. Then came the defining innings of the match: Dickie Budd, scenting an opportunity for further glories in his illustrious season smashed 2 sixes and a couple of fours, and with Phil now seeing the ball, the total reached the 100 mark and respectability. Dickie retired on 40, bringing in Tom Guppy to continue the good work and another useful partnership. At this point Phil unluckily was well-held by the athletic Frank Clark running across from deep mid-on for a fine 26. After Keith Powell had found the boundary once he then went down the track to try it again and was easily stumped. Sedge Seymour determinedly took up the challenge with Sam Powell who had just arrived from a lunch date with the in-laws, and together they put on 20 before Sedge was out, caught, for 13; and then Sam was similarly dismissed for 11. Dickie Budd returned to score just 1 more before unfortunately being bowled off the penultimate ball. Somehow the Doctors, through a mixture of character and determination, had made a total of 163.
Huntsmen started well and it was the seventh over and the total 34 before Frank Clark gave Sam an easy catch off the bowling of Dickie Budd. The dangerous Archie Bromfield was brilliantly caught behind by Graham Ferguson off the challenging bowling of Keith Powell for 25. Nearly all their batsmen played well and reached double figures, but from a commanding position of 59-2 off 10, their innings gradually slowed and what had, at one time, appeared to be an inevitable progression to an ignominious defeat for the Doctors, gradually moved into the loftier pastures of hope. Sam brilliantly ran out Jeremy Minchin, and Tom Clark went LBW to Fergie for a painstaking 10. Docs rotated their bowlers; Mickey Masters took 1-14 off 3 on his debut, and Hugh Ogle restricted the batsmen to 25 off his 4. Sedge contributed a tidy 0-23 off his 3. But then Tom Minchin came in and hit a six and and five fours in a last-ditch attempt to regain the initiative. However it was too late, and at the end of the 30th over they had reached 155-7 and the Docs had notched up an unlikely victory.
The weather was superb. The tea, provided by Mrs Hunt, was quite delicious.
It was the unanimous feeling that we would repeat the fixture next year.