Match Reports




Teign Valley drew with Doctors


Doctors           200 for 5


Teign Valley    115 for 9


  Doctors’ openers Andrew Paisley and John Ogle underwent a testing examination by Richard Mason and Simon Rowland and, having done all the hard work, it was a shame when Paisley (10) was bowled by Mason (1-23).  Sam Powell played 14 fluent shots, all straight to a fielder before receiving the ball of the day from Rowland (1-20) a sharp off cutter which bowled him for 0.  Ogle (41) continued serenely until new bowler Peter Stannion (1-50) somehow persuaded him to spoon a slow full toss to mid on.  The next ball to Richard Budd was even slower and seduced the batsman into playing too early.  The ball was about to hit middle stump when the wicket keeper inexplicably reached in front of the stumps and caught it, not only preventing a dismissal but also conceding a no-ball.  Budd seemed determined to make the most of his fortune and settled in to play a fine innings of watchful defence and controlled aggression.  Graham Fergusson (13) matched him until he was unluckily dismissed by a full length ball from Cope (1-31) which hit his toe and bounced up to flick the off bail.  This allowed Oliver Budd to join his brother and for a while time seemed to stand still as the bowlers toiled in the warm afternoon sun and the Budds accumulated in singles.  The batsmen had to work hard for runs but as the end of the innings drew nigh the tempo increased with a volley of driving on both sides of the wicket.  Howard Bassett (1-26) ended Oliver Budd’s cultured innings of 68 when he was bowled by with the penultimate ball of the match and there was just time for his father Jeremy to drive his only ball for a single to bring up the 200.  Richard Budd finished unbeaten on 58.

  Nothing much happened at the start of the Teign Valley innings as the batsmen Mason and Brett Humphries seemed intent on defence and eschewed scoring shots.  Doug Johnson (1-28) broke through when his extra height got the ball to rear at Mason who could only fend it to the diving keeper Fergusson.  Soon afterwards Powell’s accuracy and persistence was rewarded thanks to a very sharp slip catch by Jeremy Budd and Powell finished with the remarkable figures of 8 overs, 6 maidens, 3 runs and 1 wicket.  Peter Reed, Phil Barker and Jeremy Budd were unable to tempt the batsmen into anything remotely like aggression and a stalemate ensued on the placid wicket until Rowland at last essayed a drive and Budd (1-9) took a brilliant return catch low to his right.  Humphries had plodded along but after an hour and a half of dogged defence he suddenly opened up and began to hit boundaries. His score had leapt up to 63 when he advanced down the track to Charles Macadam, missed a straight one and was stumped by Fergusson. Until then a draw had looked inevitable but another quick wicket for Macadam (2-28) and the introduction of wrist spinners Paisley (2-2) and Oliver Budd (2-13) led to a collapse.  The last wicket pair of Cope and B.Rowland had two overs to survive but Doctors charge had come too late and the tailenders held out for a draw.