Match Reports




Set Square lost to Doctors


     It would appear that Crowcombe have recently won the Lottery.  Their L-shaped Pavilion, on the rear of the village hall, is extremely well-appointed, and the Gents even boasts a Dyson Blade Dryer, elevating the venue to a league more exalted than any other we know.  Interestingly the L-shape of the building acts as a parabolic reflector to sounds from the playing area, significantly amplifying them but, as it transpired, insufficiently so for Umpire Dixon to respond favourably to a loud snick by Watson that came off the bowling of Jeremy Budd.

     Set Square had won the toss and chosen to bat.  Third ball from Hugh Ogle, opener Tyrone lobbed a top-edge to John Ogle at backward short-leg.  Watson, having survived Jeremy Budd’s confident appeal, thumped several boundaries, losing at least one ball in the compost heap behind the bowler before retiring on 28.  Despite leaving his cricket shoes somewhere in Wells, Sam Powell bowled tidily in his brogues, restricting the scoring in tandem with Hugh Ogle who had one expensive over but finished with 2-18.  Jeremy Budd, and at the other end, Graham Ferguson, and then Dickie Budd with Will Ogle, tied their batsmen down, leaving Set Square on 114 off their 18 overs.


    For Doctors, Georgie Adcock and Hugh Ogle raced to 45 before falling to consecutive balls for 19 and 22 respectively.  Rob Adcock then hit some fine blows, retiring after a while on 26, but both he and John Ogle struggled against the accurate seam of first-change bowler Liney, who used the evening sun over his right shoulder and the irregular bounce off the artificial wicket to good effect. Having chipped a boundary over square-leg off his third ball Ogle could only contribute singles before holing out to midwicket for 12.  However Docs’ solid start had left them nicely poised to overhaul their opponents’ modest score which, thanks to some fine blows from Dickie Budd and Graham Ferguson, they rapidly did, with 9 balls to spare.