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Doctors beat Musgrove Park Hospital by 3 wickets


 

MPH                88 for 6

 

Doctors            89 for 7

 

  After six weeks of cancellations and rain-affected matches Doctors were happy to play in warm sunshine, albeit on a wicket that was still damp.  Musgrove’s Jon Ogilvie and Ru McDonagh began proceedings with 16 from the first two overs but were then reduced to taking singles as David Gwynne Jones and Jeremy Budd exerted control. Ogilvie (15) was the first to go, well held by Phil Barker at full tilt on the long on boundary off Gwynne Jones (1-18) and the advent of change bowlers Robert Seymour and Peter Reed kept up the pressure.  With the ball not coming on to the bat strokeplay was difficult and Seymour (1-19) dismissed Alan Dunkley, well caught by keeper Dave Rooke and Reed trapped McDonagh (17) lbw. The balance was tipped when the dangerous Julian Webster walked after a very fine edge to the keeper off Reed (2-18) which neither the bowler nor the umpire heard.  Colin Ogilvie (19) clubbed useful leg-side runs until he was bowled by Harry Lee (1-4) and Simon Ogilvie (10 n.o.) played a pleasing cameo before the overs ran out.  The final total of 88 contained only two boundaries and seemed to be below par.

  Simon Ogilvie bowled his usual classy opening spell but in these conditions it was no surprise that the medium pace of Ray Biggs and Ru McDonagh did the first damage.  Biggs (1-7) tempted Will Chandler into a drive that was meant to go along the ground but instead went straight into the hands of the bowler and the same stroke off McDonagh (2-10) accounted for Nick Bray (11) and Keith Powell.  Lee and Rob Adcock rebuilt patiently until Adcock (11), having played the shot of the match, a lofted straight driven four, tamely chipped Colin Ogilvie (1-16) to his son Simon at midwicket.  The attempted big shots were giving away wickets and Lee (11) followed as Ru McDonagh took an athletic, one-handed catch at midwicket off Webster (1-15).  The asking rate was nearly 6 an over and Barker and Gwynne Jones had much to do.  Sam McDonagh came on and bowled a fine spell of accurate inswing bowling as his veteran opponents scrambled ones, twos and an occasional three.  Barker (14) was run out trying to pinch a single off Webster and McDonagh (1-21) got his due reward when he clean bowled Rooke but Gwynne Jones (17 n.o.) was joined by the ice-cool Budd who eased Doctors home with 4 balls to spare.