Match Reports




Set Square lost to Doctors by 1 run


Doctors                       156 for 5


Set Square                   155 for 5


 Mike Watson (1-13) cut short a promising opening partnership when Andrew Paisley chipped tamely to midwicket.  Graham Fergusson and Oliver Budd clinically despatched anything fractionally off length with a combination of pull shots up the slope at Crowcombe and cuts which raced away downhill, and at the half way point Doctors were in a strong position at 86 for 1.  When Fergusson and Budd both retired on 30 not out there was a brief hiatus when Tom Langston ‘walked’ for a stumping off Ray Lafun.  Alan Dunkley and Phil Barker sensibly rotated the strike and collected an occasional boundary until Dunkley (26) became Olly Rew’s second stumping victim off Lafun (2-15) who, in tandem with T.Ash (1-16), had kept the scoring rate in check.  A late flurry from the excellent Barker (23 n.o.) and Robert Seymour (24 n.o.) pushed the total to a competitive one on an excellent batting strip.

  Despite a rapid, accurate opening spell from Ed Denton the Set Square openers Ash and G.Metcalf compiled a sound partnership of 58 off 9 overs. Doctors’ ground fielding, perhaps affected by the slope and uneven outfield, was not up to its usual standard and when Ash and Metcalf each retired on 30 things got rapidly worse as Olly Rew blasted 33 (retired) off 9 balls, including 3 sixes and 3 fours.  Doctors finally took their first wicket with the score on 91 when a perfectly pitched off break from Jeremy Budd (1-33) bowled K. Watson but Ian Rew and D.Matthews combined to put the home side into the comfortable position of needing 25 from the last 5 overs with 9 wickets in hand.  At his point captain Barker brought himself on to bowl and promptly removed both batsmen, Matthews (10) clean bowled and Rew (24) via a fine low catch by Jeremy Budd at extra cover.  Oliver Budd’s leg breaks proved hard to get away until J.Fraser struck him for two lofted fours but Budd (2-16) struck back as Fraser was well taken by Seymour at square leg and Lafun was comfortably stumped by Fergusson.  The scoreboard showed that 6 were needed from the final over to be bowled by Barker (2-4).  The captain responded magnificently with six balls, all perfectly pitched on a line outside of stump and which yielded only one run off the bat and a bye.  When the players returned to the pavilion there was some surprise to find that the scoreboard had been wrong and the winning margin was just one run.