Match Reports




Doctors beat Peninsular Medical School by 3 runs


Doctors                                  133 for 3
Peninsular Medical School      130 for 7

 The medical students from Exeter put Doctors into bat and were rewarded with an early wicket to Farhat (1-15).  This was their only success for some time as John Ogle and Will Chandler made full use of an excellent Cannington batting strip by finding gaps in the field, running well and brutally dispatching anything short of a length.  Their stand for the second wicket was worth 77 when Chandler advanced down the wicket to drive Watson (1-41) got an inside edge and was bowled.  The visitors’ bowling was sharp and their fielding keen and athletic but Ogle in form is majestic and once he had survived a chance to Farhat in the gully off Watson he never looked like getting out.  Ali Witts (17) lent valuable support until he was run out just before the close and it was fitting that Ogle remained unbeaten at the close for a superb 65 not out.

  Marc Troman (1-17) bowled an excellent opening spell that demanded respect and deservedly earned an early breakthrough, but with such a placid wicket the students, in the persons of Watson and Vaughan, were able to mount a stirring fightback.  The boundary count was rising alarmingly when a bowling change brought Paul Troman into the attack.  His second ball did the trick as Vaughan (27) sliced an attempted drive to point where Alex Troman took a good overhead catch.  The P.M.S. captain James Taylor announced his arrival with a flurry of three boundaries and with Watson also accelerating the visitors gained the upper hand despite a fine spell of desperately unlucky swing bowling from Steve Witts.  Paul Troman (2-34) came on again and again the effect was instant as Watson (35) ended a fine innings with a chip to Marc Troman in the covers.    The students were still matching the asking rate but the turning point came when Taylor (24) miscued an on drive off Peter Reed (2-17) and man-of-the-match Ogle sprinted in from midwicket to hold a fine, low, tumbling catch.  Still P.M.S. would not lie down and Haigh came in to smite four lusty boundaries.  The last over began with eight runs needed and Haigh (22) on strike but bowler Richard Gower kept his cool and the first ball of the over, a devastating, fast yorker, sent the off stump cartwheeling.  In the gathering gloom Gower (1-28) was all but unplayable and despite a no-ball from the sixth ball of the over and a consequent “free hit” from the final ball Doctors eased home.