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Kings College Staff lost to Doctors

 

     The clouds parted and Kings College elected to bat after an uncontested toss.

 

  Their opening partnership of Jonty Lawford and aggressive/artful groundsman Nick Mason put our opening bowlers, Sedge Seymour and Hugh Ogle to the sword, and occasionally into the distance as well.  They rapidly amassed 60 in no time and a huge total seemed likely, but when they retired to rest in the Pavilion accurate bowling from skipper Sam Powell, farmer Matt Bere, and the ever-dependable Graham Fergusson, with a catch around his knees on the long-on boundary by John Ogle pegged them back to finish on 159.

  Doctorsí innings began well with Hugh Ogle hitting seven rapid boundaries to retire on 31 while at the other end his Dad managed four before holing out to the same Nick Mason in the deep for 21.  Graham Fergusson stroked a big 6 onto the adjacent Astro pitch along with four other boundaries before also retiring;  Rob Adcock worked the ball around the wicket with skill and utterances until he unaccountably fell lbw to the Headmaster.

  Despite rotating their 8 bowlers, Kings Staff were unable to make the necessary inroads, and a classy 24 from Matt Bere ably supported the skipper who reached the third man boundary three times with judicious reverse sweeps before giving Nick Mason his second catch.  This left Tom Guppy and Jeremy Minchin to see the Doctors home with 7 balls remaining and the sun pouring down.

  The Doctorsí first victory of the season, achieved when all had seemed lost. It was perhaps as well that Phil Lewis was just too late in arriving in time to bat