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Doctors beat Bridgwater Solicitors by 187 runs


 

Doctors                        331 for 5

 

Solicitors                      144 all out

 

  Doctors’ John Ogle and Sam Powell took an instant liking to a hard, true Cannington pitch and rattled up the first 50 in less than 7 overs.  Tom Langford’s pace and movement was negated by a plague of no-balls and the openers tucked into the other bowling with relish.  Powell’s rifled square and straight drives were matched by Ogle’s pulling and cover driving and the hundred came up in the 13th over.  So dominant were the batsmen that their stand was worth 187 when Ogle (58) finally fell to Derek Buller (1-41) in the 22nd over.  Powell powered on with able support from Harry Lee and brought up his maiden century with consecutive driven boundaries.  When Powell retired for a sumptuous 133 Lee and Tom Guppy kept up the onslaught until Lee (26) was bowled by a perfectly flighted topspinner from leg break bowler Giles Patterson (1-59).  Guppy’s exuberant innings of 18 was ended by Chris Ansell (1-44) but Oliver Budd and Graham Fergusson joined forces to pound the tiring bowlers.  Budd’s straight hitting, boundary studded 35 was ended by the penultimate ball of the innings from Tom Smith (2-50) and the same bowler profited from a stumping from the next ball.  Fergusson had hardly had time to get into his stride but still finished unbeaten on 30.

 

  The Solicitors’ response was checked by an early wicket for Richard Budd (1-23) but John Sherwin and Simon Brown played confidently against intelligently varied bowling by Jeremy Budd and Robert Seymour.  The partnership was worth 45 when a blistering cover drive by Sherwin (35) off Budd (1-24) was brilliantly intercepted by the diving Lee.  Buller (11) came in and played two glorious shots but an attempted repeat off Seymour (1-24) fell into the hands of Powell at long off.  Peter Reed (1-24) removed Patterson lbw but Brown was now settled into the anchor role while Ansell (19) took up the cudgels.  Ansell’s fireworks were doused by an excellent leg break from Fergusson (2-6) and the same player ended the doughty resistance of Brown (27).  Thereafter the only resistance came from Langford (14 n.o.) as Oliver Budd’s leg breaks and googlies were too good for the lower order.  Lee took 1 for 9 and Budd finished with the excellent figures of 3 for 14, all his victims being clean bowled