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Doctors beat Bridgwater Solicitors by 3 runs


 

Doctors                       193 for 8

 

Solicitors                     190 for 6

 

  Doctors made a horrible start as John Bishop spliced a hook off Tom Smith to Ed Boyce at mid on and David Gwynne Jones was bowled by a ball which cut back off the seam.  After 5 balls Doctors were 0 for 2 and when, in the next over, Charles Macadam scooped a ball from Nigel Yeo to Smith at fine leg they were 5 for 3.  The decline continued as John Ogle edged a lifter from the excellent Smith (3-24) to keeper Edmonds and Phil Barker patted a tame return catch to Bowden (1-29).  Oliver Budd had been accumulating steadily while wickets fell and when at last he found a stable partner in Adrian Fisher he began to open out.  Just as Doctors were eying a big score Budd’s handsome innings of 40 was ended by A.Lamkowski.  He was replaced by his brother Richard who joined Fisher for another excellent partnership in which risk was eschewed and the strike rotated expertly.  Fisher (29) was bowled by the returning Yeo (2-31) but Jerry Gateshill (21 n.o.) took on his role to perfection.  Richard Budd (40) matched his brother both in score and method of dismissal, bowled Lamkowski (2-17) and there was time for father Jeremy Budd to claim the fastest scoring rate in the family with a rapid 11 not out.

 

  Doctors opened the bowling with ‘spin twins’ Oliver Budd (1-28) and Bishop (1-29) and an early wicket for each of them plus accuracy and turn off the pitch meant a slow start for the Solicitors.  Abbott looked a class batsman and his partnership with Amjad Arif put his team back into contention.  They put away any bad balls and took singles when possible but change bowlers Barker and Gwynne Jones (1-14) bowled exceptionally well and gave nothing away.  Gwynne Jones’ tight line and length were rewarded when an edge from Arif (22) was well held by keeper Jeremy Budd, standing up to the stumps.  Barker (1-41) had one of those days where the ball kept dropping into gaps and two chances were put down but just when it looked as though he was fated to go wicketless he gained the prize scalp of Abbott (56), well held by Bishop at long off.   Edmonds was joined by Smith in a do or die stand and their clean striking sent the run rate soaring.  Both were given lives but with an improbable victory in sight Smith (33) was stumped by keeper Budd off Peter Reed.  Another wicket for Reed (2-42) seemed to have settled things but Edmonds was still going like a train and when the last over arrived 19 were required.  The first three balls yielded only a single and 4 leg byes.  A six from Edmonds off the fourth ball raised the pulses but he could only manage scrambled twos from the final two balls and Doctors were home by 3 runs.