Doctors beat Set Square
With the weather set perfect, a beautifully prepared and predictable pitch, and the cream of Set Square’s bowling attack managing to produce only a modicum of threatening deliveries, the Doctors’ big batting guns were able to do their business.
Sam Powell (30*), Keith Powell (23), Graham Ferguson (31*), John Ogle (27), Rob Adcock (21), Hugh Ogle (33*including 2 big sixes), and Matt Bere (14*) between them hit 28 boundaries, and the total raced to (a record?) 198.
In reply Set Square’s batsmen never looked like coming anywhere near, With Jeremy Budd dismissing T. Ash with a very smart return catch just third ball, though P. Arscot reached 27, D. Chipp 20, and their total 101.
A couple of nicely executed run-outs including an accurate deflection off his lower leg by Sedge Seymour, and some momentous stops in the covers by Rob Adcock added to their struggles. Budd ended with 1-34 off a good spell of 4 accurate overs and was then seen cantering around the boundary (no doubt inspired by his fielding on the tour), in an attempt to add to his tally. Keith Powell with his body badly bruised from Brittany was a little less agile, but bravely contributed to the runs saved, and John Ogle (according to his son) face-planted in a diving semi-stop in the covers. Tom Adams took 1-18 off 3, Mat Bere a cultured 0-8 off 2, and the skipper bowled his usual variations and guile.
We adjourned for some nice banter at Grace’s parlour down the road.