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Doctors beat Musgrove Park Hospital by 9 runs


Doctors            135 for 4

 

MPH                126 for 7

 

 

  Doctors had first knock and shortly after the start of their innings it began to rain.  The rain did nothing to dampen the fires of opening bowlers Dan Hawkins and Jonathan Ogilvie who exploited an uneven Kings Hall pitch well.  Doctors’ batsmen in prime form have been Graham Fergusson and John Ogle but Ogilvie (1-24) claimed the prize scalp of Fergusson and first change bowler Hywel Thomas (1-8) dismissed Ogle, both batsmen caught off the top edge when mishooking.  Two interruptions for rain kept the score down to 46 for 2 after 12 overs.  Keith Powell (26) gritted his teeth and weathered the firestorm and he was beginning to find touch and fluency when the second rain break broke his concentration and he was bowled attempting a cross batted shot against Colin Ogilvie.  Will Chandler then took control with an innings of 35 which managed to combine aggression with elegance until he too was undone by the pitch and another top  edge was held at midwicket by Rob Speakman off the bowling of Colin Ogilvie (2-30).  There was still time for Sam Powell to launch a violent blitzkrieg on the Hospital’s bowling. The last 8 overs of the innings yielded 89 runs.   Powell’s 37 not out came off only 24 balls and levered his side to a very competitive total. 

 

  The Musgrove Park innings started briskly despite a check when Julian Webster walked in front of a dead straight ball from Tom Hopkins and departed, disbelievingly, lbw.  Speakman (10) played an attacking cameo until he was bowled attempting an over-ambitious drive against Hopkins (2-27) and key batsman Hawkins was dismissed by a top class ball from Sam Powell which lifted and left him to find the edge of his bat.  From 35 for 3 the match was transformed by a dynamic stand of 50 between Alan Dunkley and Jonathan Ogilvie.  Powell troubled both batsmen but both went for their shots and it was a relief to the home side when Jeremy Budd (1-37) lured Ogilvie (33) into an injudicious heave which found the safe hands of Julian Graham at midwicket.  Dunkley followed him back to the pavilion in the next over when his fine innings of 26 was ended when he advanced down the track to man of the match Powell (2-23) and was bowled.  However the target was by now in sight and the visitors’ lower order went for it with a will.  Steve Harris and Colin Ogilvie took them to 108 but Harris (11) was well stumped by Dave Rooke off Fergusson.  Ogilvie was joined by Thomas and they whittled the target down to 13 from 7 balls.  Peter Reed (1-20) took a much needed wicket when he bowled Ogilvie (14) and a marvellous final over from Fergusson (1-9) from which only 3 runs were scored sealed an excellent win.   Thomas was unbeaten on 13.