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Doctors beat Musgrove Park Hospital by 29 runs


Doctors            147 for 3

 

MPH                118 all out

 

 

 

  Doctors elected to bat first and lost an early wicket to Sean Matthews (1-32).  Andrew Dodden and John Ogle had to bat with caution against good bowling from Simon Ogilvie and Tom Rawlings and Ogle tested his luck with an easy chance to mid on which was put down, but bad balls eventually came along and Dodden in particular was harsh on any lapse in line or length.  The score had moved on to 96 when Dodden’s excellent innings of 46 was ended by a catch off Jonathan Ogilvie (1-21) and the Hospital soon took another wicket thanks to Rob Moore (1-18), but Ogle was now in full flow and was joined by Ali Witts in an enterprising partnership that realised 48 runs from the last 5 overs.  The stream of boundaries was punctuated by good running and both batsmen were unbeaten at the close, Ogle on 37 and Witts on 16.

 

  The reply by Musgrove Park stuttered from the start as Richard Gower and John Down worked well in tandem, bowling a tight line and giving the openers nothing to hit.  Down (2-11) hit the stumps twice and Gower (1-22) got the important wicket of Moore, caught at short midwicket off a tame push.  From 23 for 3 there was a recovery staged by Rawlings and Jonathan Ogilvie.  Rawlings (19) was dropped twice as he hit out but eventually he chanced his arm once too often and was well held by keeper Dodden off the bowling of Steve Witts.  Ogilvie kept going with some impressive driving and found another ally in R.Davis but the Hospital were always behind the clock.  The bowling performance of the day came from Witts (4-15) who combined lateral movement with clever variations in pace to account for the middle order including Ogilvie, caught and bowled for a fine 43.  Davis went on to 22 not out but the tail was accounted for by Will Chandler (2-17) and Peter Reed (1-28) who took his 400th wicket for Bridgwater Doctors.