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Doctors beat Set Square by 4 wickets


 

Set Square                   100 for 3

 

Doctors                       104 for 6

 

 Tyrone Ash and G.Metcalfe began the Set Square innings with intent and their partnership was characterised by shrewd placement and good running.  The first round of bowling changes altered the picture when Metcalfe (19) was bowled by Phil Barker (1-20) and Ash (22) was bowled by Harry Lee.  This brought Ian Rew and D.McGuddery together for a solid third wicket stand which was only ended when Rew (11 n.o.) retired hurt with a pulled hamstring and McGuddery retired unbeaten on 27.  Doctors’ bowlers had never let the run rate get above 7 an over on the dry, cracked Cannington pitch and now the returning Lee (2-9) turned the screw even further.  Hugh Ogle bowled an excellent over at the death which restricted Set Square to a respectable but gettable total of 100.

  Graham Fergusson (12) cracked three fours off the first over but was then caught and bowled off a leading edge by Ash (1-7).  Some variable bounce accounted for John Ogle, caught at point off R.Laglen (1-18) and also ended a lively debut innings by Tom Millard (13) caught off Will Stanilard (1-4).  Tom Adams (14) took the attack to the bowlers until he attempted a suicidal single to a ball hit straight to Rew at cover.  Two more quick wickets to Rew (1-11) and Mike Watson (1-14) put Doctors in trouble, needing 40 more runs off 5 overs with 6 wickets down.  Cometh the hour, cometh the man – in this case Hugh Ogle. The sun had long gone down and in Stygian gloom Ogle was calmness personified, placing the ball into the gaps and running hard to turn ones into twos and twos into threes with Lee (17 n.o.) who was content to play second fiddle.  A target of eighteen runs from the last two overs was whittled down to two from the last two balls and it was fitting that a single from man-of-the-match Ogle (19 n.o.) brought the scores level. An excellent match ended in slight anti-climax with 4 byes off the last ball.