Match Reports




Kings College Staff beat Doctors by 8 runs


On a perfect evening in front of nearly a hundred cheering, but by no means partisan, spectators the Docs opted to field first. Sam Powell was alas unable to attend and Tom Guppy had to retire hurt with a torn muscle. Fortunately we were able to supplement with Ed Hunt and Charlie Thomas from the grandstand. Trumpets rang out, and there was much frivolity.

Fortunately the Docs’ fielding was quite outstanding, with Charlie T taking a fine diving catch at deep mid-on, Andrew Paisley holding onto another one at mid-wicket and Matt Beer hitting the stumps with a direct throw to send back their top three batsmen in double quick time with the total still on single figures. Meg Menheniot for the up-and-coming ladies Kings College cricketers then reversed their fortunes with well-taken singles along with Will Mackenzie-Green (‘I haven’t played for 27 years,`)  striking the ball lustily. The Docs bowlers stuck to their task whittling them both out, but this brought in the Pros  Phil Lewis and Woody Woodman who smote the ball to all parts and beyond to the accompaniment of even louder cheering and trumpet playing. At the end of their 20 overs the staff had accumulated a fine 141 for about 7 (with apologies, nobody offered them our scorebook to fill in).

In reply Paisle was undone second ball and Rob Adders struggled against accurate bowing to make much impact.  However momentum was soon restored by the ever-powerful Chris Cullum who on a quick 26 was alas run-out in a mix-up with Matt Beer who went on to stylishly accumulate 34 not out. John Ogle hit a few in his cameo 17 until he missed a straight one, but the Docs were still behind the clock, needing 8 an over at this stage. Fortunately Charlie T (whose life average for the Docs is something approaching 50) took charge of events with a two fine sixes and fours until he was well held by Phil Lewis on the long-on boundary attempting another big hit. Imogen Mann stroke a couple, while Tom Adcock put away a rapid 8 including a fine boundary over cover. At the end of our overs we were on 133 for 8, just 8 short.

It had been a very fine game, played in the best of spirits.