For 15 years, from 1990 to 2004 Bridgwater Doctors toured Herefordshire. The tours were impeccably organised by Tim Jones and Phil Barker we were grateful to Joyce Budd for her incomparable hospitality, and to the Barneby Arms and the Falcon Hotel.
In 2007 and 2008 the tour was
revived and, with kind hospitality from Keith and Jill Powell we toured
In 2009 we toured the Scilly Isles and from 2010 to 2014 visited Brittany.
1990 Aston Ingham Won by 111 runs BWD 235 – 8 AI 124 - 9
From the depths of 86 for 6 Doctors were rescued by Graham Fergusson, in partnership with Roger Lambert (20), Jeremy Budd (13) and Nick Bray (17). The match winning stand was one of 122 for the 8th wicket between Fergusson and Peter Reed who made 7 and thereby won the Man of the Day award! Fergusson's 146 n.o. was the BWD record individual score although little of it was seen by his team-mates who spent most of the afternoon retrieving lost balls from the adjoining trees. His 2nd fifty came off just 18 balls.
The match will always be remembered for Corse's Charlie Hulls refusing to return to the pavilion after being caught by Graham Fergusson at silly mid on.
G.Fergusson 53, N.Bray 38
1991 Cinderford Lost by 6 wickets BWD 81 a.o. C/ford 82 - 4
As Aston Ingham had joined a league a different fixture was arranged which proved to be a mistake! Cinderford were a league team, average age 18, with good quick bowlers. Doctors, average age 38, never got going with the exception of Steve Dorrett who was last out for 20. We bowled and fielded well but without any luck, and made them work hard for the runs. Roger Lambert was Man of the Day for the entertainment provided by the combat between his tie and a credit card machine (and for his excellent fielding in the covers)
C & Staunton Won by 4 wickets C & S 103 a.o. BWD 104 - 6
Corse were restricted by Paul Seviour's 4 - 19. Jeremy Budd (17) and Brian Tobin (22) played well but Doctors slumped to 67 for 6 before Graham Fergusson (27*) and Keith Powell (13*) ensured victory.
1992 Hereford Doctors Cancelled (rain)
The first tour match to be cancelled.
The birth of Bridgwater Doctors Golf Society.
Pencombe Won by 27 runs BWD 184 – 8 P/cmbe 157 a.o.
Played in steady drizzle, Phillip Mann (54) and Peter Reed (21) put on 78 for the first wicket. Graham Fergusson was 53 not out when we declared. Tim Jones acquired a 'grunt' when bowling and his 'Dustbin' sobriquet courtesy of Phillip Mann. Robert Colledge (3-51) and Will Chandler (3-19) bowled us to victory. For one of the above reasons Phillip was made Mann of the Day.
C & Staunton Lost by 61 runs C & S 196 – 6 BWD 135 a.o.
Tim Jones and Peter Reed reduced the home side to 48
for 3 but thereafter the batsmen were in charge. Will
The cost of the 1992 Tour was £40
Robert Colledge became the first BWD player to break a croquet mallet
An extracurricular trip to Bromyard Sports Shop provoked much excitement
Pencombe Won by 49 runs BWD 235 – 8 P/cmbe 186 - 9
A disastrous start of 0 for 2 was retrieved by Jeremy Budd (23) and eclipsed spectacularly by Graham Fergusson (141*) and Andrew Paisley (41) who put on 150. The turning point in the Pencombe innings came when a high speed Fergusson return from cover struck the bowler Robert Colledge above his right eye. Colledge retired to be sutured in the pavilion (subsequent cosmetic result excellent) and his over was completed by Dave Rooke. His first ball, described in the press as 'a cunningly flighted leg break' clean bowled Alan Davies the Pencombe star batsman. Mike Smart (3-14) and Roger Lambert (2-26) ran through the lower order. Fergusson was voted Man of the Day for his fielding.
C & Staunton Drawn C & S 216 - 9 dec. BWD 186 - 9
A very hot afternoon! Hard work for the bowlers until the belated introduction of Phillip Mann (4-24) and Andrew Paisley (2-37). David Wrout (21) gave Doctors a solid start and Graham Fergusson's 59 took his tour aggregate to 261 (average 130.5). Jeremy Budd (22) and Mike Smart (20) kept us up with the required rate but in the end we were happy to settle for the draw.
The croquet match was preceded by a lecture from captain Budd on mallet care. It was notable for the presence of a swarm of bees and for the breaking of another mallet handle - by Jeremy Budd.
Phillip Mann (22) and David Gwynne Jones (14)
re-established their mutual trust, prior to a fearful onslaught from Graham
Fergusson (93), Keith Powell (34) and Nick Bray (23). From a seemingly invincible 202 for 4 from
26 overs the last 6 wickets fell for 5 runs.
Jeremy Budd (3-20) cut
Pencombe Won by 28 runs BWD 206 – 9 P/cmbe 178 a.o.
A good team batting performance to which everyone contributed. David Gwynne Jones (40) and Brian Buckhurst (31) put on 70 for the first wicket and 6 other batsmen got into double figures, the highest being Graham Fergusson (only 27) and Peter Reed (19). Despite 23 from Phillip Mann for the opposition Fergusson (3-47) kept them down to 103 for 6. A stand of 71 for the next wicket had Doctors staring down the barrel until the reintroduction of Reed (4-24) and Tim Jones (2-18) changed the course. Jones took his 100th wicket for BWD and Reed won the Man of the Day award.
C & Staunton Won by 17 runs BWD 212 – 6 C & S 195 a.o.
Brian Buckhurst (19) started well but there was a familiar slump to 71 for 4. Dan Brett (33) and Graham Fergusson rescued the innings and when Fergusson was run out by Wayne Phillips for 95 Dave Rooke contributed a "muscular and aggressive" 20 n.o. The third successive total of over 200 was a record. Despite a spell of 3 for 33 from Fergusson Corse were on top at 168 for 5 until they were skittled out by Jeremy Budd (4-56).
Graham Fergusson marred his otherwise perfect weekend by becoming the third croquet mallet culprit.
1995 Hereford Doctors Won by 78 runs BWD 275 – 3 HD 197 a.o.
Phillip Mann (31) laid the base for a pyrotechnic
display as Andrew Paisley (56 n.o.) and Graham Fergusson (145 n.o.) put on an
unbroken 145 in 15 overs. Peter Reed
(3-22) bowled a double wicket maiden first over and in the second over Tim
Jones was cautioned by the umpire for gamesmanship as he dived theatrically
at the batsman's feet when (unsuccessfully) appealing. The rest of
The tour selectors were heard to wonder if Fergusson has a problem with the 140's as this was his third not out score over 140 without progressing further.
Pencombe Lost by 5 wickets BWD 81 a.o. P/cmbe 82 - 5
After gorging themselves on runs on the previous day Doctors were on iron rations at 31 for 5 including Graham Fergusson, out for his lowest ever tour score (11). Jeremy Budd (19) and Dan Brett (17) dug in until Budd was out to a marvellous running catch at long on. Pencombe were 2 for 2 but Doctors put down three hard chances and the total proved to be indefensible. In the interval Phillip Mann had made a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to break his own All Comers Pencombe Tea Consumption record.
C & Staunton Lost by 4 wickets BWD 142 a.o. C & S 143 - 6
Another hard fought match with every run having to be prized out. The only time batting looked comfortable was when Graham Fergusson (53) and Andrew Paisley (19) were together. The last 5 wickets fell for 35 as Doctors tried to accelerate against A.Oliver (6-22). After a quickfire start Corse's wickets fell steadily but the match turned when Wayne Phillips was dropped at cover and he went on to make 43.
Tim Jones regaled the team dinner with his fascinating anecdote about Charles Macadam - at least twice.
Robert Colledge achieved immortality and a place in the Budd family history by becoming the only man ever to break TWO croquet mallets.
No one managed even 50% of his Tour Performance Targets!
1996 Hereford Doctors Won by 46 runs BWD 275 – 9 HD 229 a.o.
David Gwynne-Jones (44) and Phillip Mann (34) put on 76
in 14 overs for the first wicket.
Enter Graham Fergusson. With
Charles Macadam (13), Keith Powell (12) and, spectacularly, with Mike
Sullivan (52) he took the home attack apart, finishing unbeaten on 103.
Pencombe Won by 3 wickets P/cmbe 182 – 9 BWD 183 - 7
After struggling against the pace of John Down and Richard Purchase Pencombe accelerated to 128 for 2 off 29 overs, partly due to on-loan David Gwynne-Jones (33). Robert Colledge (4-39) devastated the middle order and it took another brief cameo from another loanee, Mike Sullivan (13 n.o.) to boost the total to a challenging 182. Both Doctors openers fell cheaply but Brian Buckhurst (39) and Jeremy Budd (12) led the recovery. Purchase (17) was going well until he was bowled by Sullivan's off spin! Sullivan (2-17) promptly took another wicket and Doctors were wobbling at 157 for 7. However Dan Jones was still there and there were no further alarms, as his commanding 86 not out took us to victory with 9 balls to spare. Colledge was Man of the Day for his bowling, his conversation, his long service, and for being injured at the right time in 1993.
C & Staunton Lost by 5 wickets BWD 235 – 9 C & S 239 - 5
Corse opened with a fusillade of short-pitched bowling, their aggression matched by David Gwynne-Jones (24). Dan Jones (47) and Graham Fergusson (84) then gave a batting master class and at 165 for 1 with 15 overs left Doctors were looking invincible. The drinks interval changed everything as immediately afterwards 4 wickets fell for the addition of 2 runs. Richard Purchase (29) and Andrew Paisley (29) repaired some of the damage and Dave Rooke (13 n.o.) kept things going, but the total of 235 was less than we had hoped for. M.House (47) and Matt Dudfield launched their own batting blitz until, after much impassioned appealing, Dan Jones at last wrung an lbw verdict against House from umpire Charlie Hulls. This merely brought in Jim Dudfield for a stand of 129 with his brother. At last Purchase bowled Matt for 103 and Corse began to lose their way. Eleven were needed from the last two overs but two fours and a leg bye from the penultimate over found Tim Jones needing to bowl a final maiden. He took a wicket with his first ball but umpire Hulls controversially ruled that the batsmen had crossed while the ball travelled to slip. This left Jim Dudfield (57 n.o.) on strike and he confidently eased the third ball to the boundary.
Tim Jones won the coveted anorak as the prizewinner in the BWD Trivia Quiz.
The weekend aggregate of 693 runs scored by Bridgwater Doctors was a record.
1997 Hereford Doctors Cancelled - rain
5-a-Side Football tournament at Hereford Sports Centre. Steve Dorrett won the Champagne Moment Award for his impression of Tim Jones when falling over. Keith Powell was indicted for turning up late for the Tour.
Pencombe Won by 49 runs BWD 169 for 3 P/cmbe 120 for 8
Played on a sticky wicket in steady rain at the start and finish of the game, which was restricted to 30 overs. The lush, wet outfield meant that boundaries were at a premium. Pencombe spilled numerous chances. The substance of our innings was a partnership of 109 of high technical quality between Graham Fergusson (81*) and Will Chandler (51). Fergusson's fifty was his slowest for BWD. Pencombe were never in contention. Richard Lee (2-16) won a Man of the Day award for bowling his first ever maiden over and won the Champagne Moment Award for running in to bowl, stopping, and handing his cap to the umpire. Another Man of the Day was Mike Smart for his tight bowling and enthusiastic fielding. The non-playing tourists, returning from watching the British Lions at the pub, gave a passable impression of the Western Terrace at Headingly. Nick Bray was awarded the third Man of the Day for deliberately (?) missing his lift to the pub to selflessly support his team-mates.
C & Staunton Won by 42 runs BWD 305 for 3 C & S 263 for 9
A day of broken records.
Graham Fergusson's lowest score on tour (2)
Dan Jones' highest score for BWD (143)
D.Jones/W.Chandler - record partnership (192 for 3rd wkt.)
A.Paisley (70*) - equal fastest BWD fifty (18 balls, 13 min)
Highest BWD match aggregate - 568 runs
First match in which BWD fielded 3 internationals¹
The match was played on a damp, slow wicket with a short boundary on one side. Corse made a valiant effort but were checked by Dan Jones (3-40) and Steve Dorrett (2-44) and by brilliant running catches from Nick Bray and Mike Smart. Fergusson superbly stumped Corse's top scorer Matt Dudfield (80).
This was the wettest tour ever with rain on all three days.
Both golf matches at The Herefordshire and Sapey were played in pouring rain.
Richard Purchase won the Golf Award for a double hat trick of lost balls to identical shots:
i) out of bounds and ii) into the pond.
¹ R.Purchase (hockey), N.Bray (sailing), D.Gwynne-Jones (frisbee).
1998 Hereford Doctors Lost by 7 wickets BWD 156 a.o. HD 160 - 3
Piratically bearded opener Keith Powell (26) started in swashbuckling fashion but thereafter the ball came slowly on to the bat and the attack was accurate so that even Graham Fergusson (51) was unusually subdued. When he reached 19 he had scored his 5000th run for Doctors and it was a surprise (3 pints at lunch?) when he was bowled through an expansive drive. Phil Barker could find no one to stay with him and two disastrous run outs contributed to the loss of the last 5 wickets for 14 runs. Jeremy Budd was not happy to be one of the run out victims and the pavilion window just survived the collision with his bat.
Mike Sullivan and John Down made the Hereford openers struggle for runs but on a placid pitch the breakthrough would not come. Doctors’ catchers were in profligate mood and four were spilled off Peter Reed and two more at the other end. Peter Wilson played the anchor role and with Peter Richards staged an opening stand of 84. The end was already nigh when Barker (2-43) took two late wickets.
Pencombe Won by 4 wickets Pencombe 98 – 8 BWD 100 - 6
The morning of the match had seen torrential rain and Pencombe's decision to bat first came unstuck as the sodden pitch turned sticky in the warm afternoon and many years of accumulated guile were much in evidence from Tim Jones (1-9). Phil Barker (2-17) and Graham Fergusson (2-26) reduced their hosts to 49 for 5. Alan Davies (20) was the only home batsman to look comfortable but he pulled the ball hard into the hands of Down at square leg. Richard Lee held a marvellous catch at short extra cover off Andrew Paisley (1-6) and then Lee (1-7) and Keith Powell (1-15) tormented the tailenders.
David Gwynne Jones had made 14 but the benefits of Doctors experimental batting line up were not immediately apparent when T.Brook (3-9) and Chris Elliot (2-18) provoked a dramatic collapse to 32 for 6. If this was a crisis it was not noticed by the two new batsmen, Fergusson and Paisley who launched into the home bowlers in scintillating fashion and in a further 8 overs the match was over with Fergusson unbeaten on 39 and Paisley on 27.
C & Staunton Won by 300 runs BWD 400 - 4 dec. C & S 100 a.o.
David Gwynne Jones (70) hit the first ball of the match for four and went on, with Mike Sullivan, to put on 108, in 12 overs, for the first wicket - a Doctors record. Tim Phillips bowled an eventful first over to Sullivan (77) - 28 runs came from the first five balls and a wicket from the sixth. Graham Fergusson had by now played himself in quietly and was joined by Richard Purchase. All the Corse bowlers suffered and their partnership was worth 145 and the total past 300 when Purchase (54) was brilliantly caught at long off. Fergusson attacked even harder and his third fifty took only 15 balls. His innings of 161 contained 13 fours and 13 sixes and was the highest ever individual score for the Doctors. Still there was no respite for the tired bowlers as skipper Andrew Paisley (23 n.o.) took the score to 400 (another record for Doctors) for 4 declared in the 39th over.
The Dudfield brothers have taken a
stack of runs off Doctors in the past so it was a huge anticlimax when both
Jeremy Budd's consortium won the Trivia Quiz and he also won the prestigious Golden Tortoise Award. His acceptance speech was both heartfelt and succinct.
The Croquet match went, for the first time, to a penalty shoot out and was won by Andrew Paisley and Phil Barker.
1999 Hereford Doctors Lost by 119 runs HD 231 – 7 BWD 112 a.o.
Having lost the toss
Doctors could only watch in anguish as the Hereford openers P.Richards and
P.Wilson took full advantage of a bowler’s nightmare of a wicket with a stand
of 158 in 28 overs. The pain was made
worse by the knowledge that it was largely self-inflicted as six regulation
chances were missed, four of them from the unlucky Graham Fergusson. Finally Andrew Paisley accepted a chance at
deep midwicket to give Phil Barker (2-37) the overdue wicket of Richards
The target of 232 was generally reckoned to be around par for the conditions on this small ground but it soon became daunting as the tourists declined to 31 for 3. Keith Powell was the first to go, lobbing Chris Frith (2-30) to mid on. Barker (10) was unluckily bowled off his pads by Van Aarde (1-6) and Fergusson, most untypically, played around a straight one from Stuart Townsend (1-17). Paisley (39) and James Powell (13) played well and rebuilt the foundations of the innings but both fell in succession to Julian Wheeler (2-28) and Richards (1-7) as they tried to up the scoring rate. The lower order, faced with an asking rate that climbed to 10 an over, perished in the same fashion, with A.Thomas (2-15) the chief beneficiary as the match slipped to its disappointing conclusion.
Pencombe Lost by 5 wickets BWD 124 a.o. Pencombe 128 – 5
totally different conditions to the previous day Doctors had to fight for
every run on an unpredictable pitch against accurate bowling. Graham Fergusson (10) played too early and
lifted a catch to cover off T.Brooke (2-7) but Andrew Paisley (23) and Phil
Barker (22) grafted hard and punished the bad balls in an excellent stand
The start of the Pencombe innings went exactly to Doctors plan as John Down (2-13) and Andy Salmon bowled fast and obtained plentiful movement off the seam and the home side limped to 22 for 2 from 11 overs. Alas at this stage the wheels came off as Doctors catching became fallible again and S.Barrett (33) and Alan Davies (55) were granted several lives in a stand of 68. At last both batsmen fell to the flighted left arm spin of Robert Colledge (2-25) courtesy of well taken catches by Phil Barker. But by then the target was in sight and despite a wicket for Peter Reed (1-20), two more dropped catches meant that there was no chance to exert the necessary pressure on the incoming batsmen. D.Deakin saw his team home with 8 overs to spare.
Men of the Day were James Powell (Fri) and John Down (Sat)
The Golf Trophy went to David Badham for his stamina in getting up at to drive up to Sapey.
The Tennis trophy was awarded to James Powell and Charles Macadam.
History was made as the tour passed without a win.
Last year’s defeat was avenged with some style. In the “bowler’s graveyard” at Hereford the choice to bat first was easy and the in-form Mike Sullivan and Keith Powell set the tone for the afternoon with a salvo of thumping shots in a 15 over stand of 87. Sullivan (46) perished on the deep midwicket boundary to Oliver Penney (2-62) and Powell (56) soon followed, but this merely ushered in an even more savage onslaught by Graham Fergusson and Dan Jones who launched the tiring bowlers for a series of fours and sixes. Jones was stumped for 52 but Fergusson showed that he had lost none of his old touch as he went on to a majestic 102 before retiring. Even this was not enough for the visitors and David Gwynne Jones (26) and Dave Rooke (37 n.o.) flayed the dispirited attack. Only Phil Barker (1-33), guesting for the opposition, emerged with credit.
Faced with a
daunting target the last thing that Hereford wanted was a start of 17 for
3. John Down (2-30) and Tim Jones
(1-23) bowled with customary zeal.
T.Leghorn (31) decided on attack but was undone by the craft of left
arm spinner Robert Colledge (2-17).
The substance of the home innings was a stand of 78 between Barker
(62) and Andrew Paisley (52) who put away the bad balls and ran singles off
the good ones. Even so they were never up with the clock and when
Pencombe Won by 86 runs BWD 134 a.o. Pencombe 48 a.o.
Doctors made a poor start as Andrew Paisley was run out by a direct hit and Keith Powell (13) was caught and bowled by James Brown (1-22). Fortunes improved as Graham Fergusson and Dan Jones compiled a stand of 46, liberally punctuated by the plangent sound of ball hitting the metal boundary boards. Fergusson (15) hit a long hop from Brian Pilliner (1-34) straight into the midriff of cover point but Phil Barker (14) batted with application and he and Jones (29) took the score to 82 before both fell to the off spin of Chris Elliott (2-13). Wickets then fell regularly to another direct-hit run out and to Tim Brooke (2-6) and Tony Davies (2-13), but Charles Macadam (15 n.o.) shepherded the lower order batsmen to add a vital 38 for the last 4 wickets.
Feeling that they had underperformed with the bat
Doctors were fired up when they took the field – none more so than John Down
(2-13) who started in ideal fashion by plucking out the off stump with the
first ball of the innings. Down bowled
in perfect harmony with the pinpoint accuracy of Mike Sullivan (2-13) for the
first 16 overs. Supported by faultless
outfielding and quality catching from Fergusson and Powell they removed the
top four batsmen for 28. Alan Davies
(13) was the only home batsman to reach double figures as relentless pressure
from Jones (2-20), Robert Colledge (1-3), Barker (1-6) and
Doctors were put in to bat in this new fixture and found the going hard against the good line and length of the Tetbury attack of Sami and Richard Runciman. At 25 for 3 Graham Fergusson and Dan Jones came together again and wrested the initiative from the bowlers in a carefree partnership of 69 in 8 overs. As has happened in the past they were separated immediately after the drinks interval when Fergusson (62) top edged a short ball from Rob Baker (2-6) to slip and Jones (29) soon fell to the same bowler. The middle order faltered against the formidable, shaven headed figure of Wayne Kibble in his first match back after fracturing an ankle just five weeks before. Kibble (2-16) bowled a mixture of yorkers and beamers at sharp pace and was lucky that the kindly umpires did not remove him from the attack. Useful contributions came from Mike Sullivan (16) and Phil Barker (16) until Sami (3-21) and Runciman (3-20) returned to clean up the innings. Charles Macadam (22) again played well to add important runs with the tail.
Sullivan (1-23) soon removed the menacing Kibble, lbw for 8, and a keenly fought contest developed between Doctors’ Sullivan and Down and the Indian batsmen Sami and Mukesh. Honours were even at the time when the change bowlers came on and then for a while bat ruled ball until Mukesh (33) tried a fierce cut off Barker, only to find the safe hands of Peter Reed at point. Barker (4-40) then ran through the middle order but Sami was still there and at last found a willing ally in Baker. Dan Jones and Fergusson bowled good containing spells as the target inched nearer but it took the return of the invaluable Down (1-17) to remove Sami, well caught by Dave Rooke off a steepler for an excellent 42. The final overs were entrusted to the very old hands of Reed (1-25) and Tim Jones. They did not let the side down and despite the valiant attempts of Baker (35 n.o.) Doctors cruised to an ultimately comfortable victory.
Men of the Day were Robert Colledge (Fri), Dan Jones (Sat) and Charles Macadam (Sun).
2000 was the first year when we won all three matches.
2001 Hereford Doctors Won by 6 wickets Hereford Drs 85 for 8, BWD 86 for 4
A morning downpour reduced the match to 30
overs per innings. John Down conceded
5 runs in his first over, including an edged four over first slip’s head, and
then bowled 5 overs for just 3 runs.
James Powell (2-11) was equally frugal and took two wickets with
well-disguised slower balls, including a sharp caught and bowled, and a fine
return by Andrew Paisley at deep square leg was expertly taken by keeper
Jeremy Budd to make the score 10 for 3.
John Wood (13) and C.Williams (10) batted sensibly but excellent
ground fielding, with Dave Rooke in the covers outstanding, restricted
progress. Robert Colledge (2-15) found
turn and bounce for his left arm finger spinners and his partnership with
Dunkley (14) and Keith Powell (11) made a
surreal start to a backdrop of lightning flashes and a crescendo of rock
music from the neighbouring village hall with a rollicking opening stand of
27, ended when both were caught off successive balls from M.Arkanath
Pencombe Cancelled - rain
5-a-Side Football tournament at Leominster Sports Centre – Notable for its competitive spirit, Ian Stansfield’s harsh tackling and Phil Barker’s kamikaze sliding tackles and consequent Astroturf abrasions.
Several members of the tour party broke a tour record by playing four rounds of golf (and no cricket) on the first two days of touring.
Grendal Won by 4 wickets Grendal 128 for 9 BWD 129 for 6
openers fell to Powell (2-11), one to a fine low catch by Alan Dunkley at
backward square leg, while John Down’s mesmeric bowling yielded only two runs
off the bat in 6 overs. Joe Lee kept
the pressure on the middle order so that chances had to be taken and the ball
was frequently hit in the air. For a
while the policy succeeded as A.Spicer (10) and Phil Barker (17) put on 33
for the third wicket. The turning
point in the innings came in an over from
were early successes for Grendal as Gwynne Jones pulled a full toss from
C.Canavalli (1-40) to deep midwicket and D.Howells (1-20) found the bottom
edge of Fergusson’s new bat as he unluckily played on. Captain Keith Powell led from the front
with a pugnacious innings of 36 until he misjudged the line of Maurice Pell
(2-20). The result was never in doubt
as long as Will Chandler was at the crease.
Immensely secure at first and increasingly aggressive as the bowlers
wilted he shepherded his side to within 2 runs of the target. With only one blow required for victory and
for his own fifty,
Men of the Day were Ian Stansfield (Fri) and Joe Lee (Sat) – mainly for escaping prosecution for the offence of Burglary with Intent [Theft Act 1968 Sec. 9(1)(a)] at Westington Court, Docklow on 16th June 2001
Sykes struck in his first
over as Keith Powell unluckily played on off an inside edge but Graham
Fergusson and David Gwynne Jones settled in for a big partnership. Their styles were contrasting with
Fergusson hitting his second ball for 6 and Gwynne Jones striking the ball
hard but along the ground and at one stage taking 24 consecutive
singles. Fergusson’s majestic 108
contained 14 fours and 5 sixes and the stand was worth 172 when Fergusson ran
himself out. Gwynne Jones soon
followed him, caught off the deserving Dan Simpkins (1-36) for an invaluable
52 but the punishment for the
By the start
Pencombe Won by 83 runs BWD 173 for 7 Pencombe 90 a.o.
Doctors’ decision to bat first under cloudy skies looked seriously flawed when Tim Brooke and Tony Davies used the variable bounce and lateral movement to make early breakthroughs. In truth Doctors’ top order did much to get themselves out, the first four all perishing to ill-judged attacking shots. David Gwynne Jones (20) was the only front line batsman to show the requisite discipline but he unluckily played on to Brooke (3-13) and when Dan Jones (14 off 9 balls) was bowled by Davies (2-36) the score was 56 for 5. Fortunately for the visitors Dave Rooke hit prime form when it really mattered. With capable support from James Powell he saw off Brooke and the dangerous Allan Davies and then launched a judicious counter attack. Powell (18) fell to Owen Thomas (1-31) but Joe Lee came in to play fluently and his fruitful partnership with Rooke prised out a vital 63 runs. Rooke’s match winning innings ended when he was pinned lbw by a shooter from Phil Brooke (1-25) but there was still time for a cameo 11 not out from Jeremy Budd and another salvo of shots from Lee who finished with a well crafted 27 not out.
John Down and Mike Sullivan spearheaded a full-on assault for Doctors with five maiden overs at the start and the vital wicket of Thomas, lbw to Sullivan (1-6) in his first over. Down’s figures were 1 for 4 off 6 overs when Sam Powell and Jones took up the reins. Jones was clobbered for 19 off his first two overs by Stuart Barrett but then stepped up a gear and began to hit a good length on off stump. His persistence was rewarded as Barrett (31) was beaten for pace and played over a straight ball. Powell was desperately unlucky as he consistently beat the batsmen’s edge but runs were in short supply and the pressure told on the middle order as Jones (3-38) claimed two more quality wickets and effected a superb run out from the deep long on boundary. The demise of Bob Townsend (19) and another run out by keeper Rooke exposed the tail and Jeremy Budd (2-8) did the necessary. The coup de grace was administered by James Powell (1-10).
Men of the Day were David Gwynne
Jones (for batting and travelling to and from a birthday party in
Hereford Doctors got off
to a flier and put on 21 in the first 4 overs but were pegged back by a fine
spell of 1 for 8 from John Down. His
good work was maintained by brothers Joe Lee (2-31) and Harry Lee (2-9), and
only opener W.Davies was able to make any impression. Wickets fell regularly as the Lees worked
their way through the middle order until A.Knight at last provided some
support to Davies. Their stand was
worth 22 when the pressure to accelerate brought their downfall. Knight (10) was well caught as Joe Lee made
a lot of ground to hold him off Phil Barker (1-9) and Davies (39), trying to
keep the strike, failed to complete a suicidal single to Andrew Paisley.
A fine opening stand of 59 between
Pencombe Lost by 5 wickets BWD 76 a.o. Pencombe 77 for 8.
Doctors chose to bat and found run scoring almost impossible. Attempts to break the stranglehold met with unmitigated disaster as Brian Pilliner (3-12) and James Brown (2-6) cashed in on a variety of loose strokes. Andrew Paisley was unlucky when he unleashed a full blooded drive, only to see Owen Thomas at mid off hurl himself to his right to take a brilliant catch inches from the ground. Sam Powell lit up the gloom with a 10 ball cameo worth 17 but the crucial wicket for Pencombe was that of Graham Fergusson who was deceived by a fine, inswinging, off stump yorker from Thomas (1-20). Fergusson’s score of 10 reduced his batting average to a paltry 117. Phil Barker (16) and Mike Sullivan (10) staged a partial recovery but when both were out to Phil Brooke (2-19) there was another flurry of soft dismissals to David Deakins (2-3), culminating in a careless run out when last man Robert Colledge failed to ground his bat.
The home side approached the task of knocking off the runs with understandable confidence which lasted for precisely 6 hostile overs from Sullivan and John Down, after which the score was 3 for 3. Two stunning catches from keeper Fergusson, standing up to the quick bowlers, and a fine low catch from Barker at point did the damage. Down and Sullivan bowled with unblemished accuracy and their successors Powell (1-22) and Harry Lee (1-9) were no less attritional, each gaining a lbw decision to reduce the score to 23 for 5. Thomas had watched most of the carnage from the non-striker’s end and at last he found a lasting partner in Brown. When the score had reached 68 without further loss Doctors turned again to Sullivan (8 o, 5 m, 9 r, 2 w) and the change was soon rewarded as Brown (16) tried one drive too many. When Reed (1-5) lured Steve Townsend down the wicket his doom was sealed as Fergusson took the bails off in a flash, but Thomas was still there and was playing a true captain’s innings and a boundary in the next over brought the scores level. Down (8 o, 3 m, 9 r, 4 w) produced a superhuman effort to bowl Thomas (32) with his next ball but Brooke held out for the rest of the over and a thrilling match was concluded when Pilliner tantalisingly chipped the ball over short midwicket’s head in the next.
Awards: Batting, G.Fergusson. Bowling, J.Down. Fielding, J.Lee
tourists were put in to bat on a sporting pitch and lost a wicket in the
first over from the lively Manu Lal (1-17).
The innings was stabilised by a sound partnership of 56 between Andrew
Paisley and David Williamson who ran well and played useful shots behind the
wicket on both sides. The slow
outfield meant that the match was doomed to be low scoring and when
Williamson was caught of R.Sykes (1-13) the visitors were grateful for brisk
cameos from Mike Sullivan and Dave Rooke that lifted the run rate. The looping medium pacers of Chris Frith
(4-37) were difficult to get away and he accounted for Sullivan (12) with a
reflex return catch and Rooke (10) and the excellent
fired-up Powell was more than a handful for
Pencombe Won by 7 wickets Pencombe 66 a.o. BWD 68 for 3
chose to bowl first after a heavy lunchtime downpour had livened up a hard
Pencombe wicket. John Down and Mike Sullivan
have bowled well here in the past and their double act was again lethal as
the ball darted around and neither gave the batsman anything loose to
hit. Down struck in the first over
when he had Bob Townsend caught by Sullivan at slip and the intense pressure
paid off in the eighth over when Stuart Barrett was run out by a fine pick up
and throw from Andrew Paisley and then Sullivan captured the prized wicket of
Owen Thomas (10) as Alan Dunkley took a superb overhead catch running
downhill with the wind swirling and the sun in his eyes. The metronomic Sullivan (2-8) was justly
rewarded with another wicket but when he and Down (1-12) were rested
Pencombe’s troubles had only just begun.
Phil Barker came on and regularly beat the bat without luck but it was
Sam Powell’s strength and relentless accuracy that precipitated the home
side’s disaster. At first Brian
Pilliner (12) and Phil Brook (14 n.o.) rode their luck in a stand of 30 that
looked to be rescuing Pencombe but then Powell upped a gear and reduced the
innings to ashes with 4 wickets in 10 balls.
His final figures of 5 for 16 (all clean bowled) reflected a
prodigious effort and when
Doctors batted the sun came out and the pitch became even more spiteful. James Brown (1-28) bowled with hostility
and Pilliner used his experience and local knowledge to the full to make the
ball swing, seam and spit. Dunkley
(12) played with skill and composure until he was lbw to an unplayable
shooter from Pilliner (2-9), but the innings of the day was played by David
Williamson who defended stoutly, showed good judgement in leaving the ball
and put away bad balls with panache.
He received commendable support from
Awards: Batting, D.Williamson. Bowling, S.Powell (Tour record 9 for 30).
Fielding, K.Powell & A.Paisley
2007 Winsford Won by 4 wickets Winsford 71 for 5. BWD 72 for 6
Steady rain fell throughout the match. Sam Powell, operating off a short run up in the slippery conditions bowled a super spell of fast line and length bowling and finished with 1 wicket for 8 runs from 4 overs. Fred Hayes played one audacious reverse- batted deflection off Powell but succumbed to the wrist spin of Oliver Budd (1-18) and D.Bowley was bowled attempting a cross-batted shot to ease the pressure exerted by Mike Smart (1-16). Winsford was indebted to A.Neal for a patient knock of 29 not out which provided the backbone of the innings. A.Blackmore’s aggressive cameo of 12 was ended by a top edge off Peter Reed (1-9) which was well taken by Harry Lee at square leg.
Lee began Doctors’ reply with a quickfire innings of 24 including a pulled six into the adjoining river which was only ended when he was caught off Bowley (1-22) in the sixth over. D.Phippen (1-13) took another wicket and suddenly runs were hard to come by. John Ogle had played supporter to Lee but now became the senior partner in a vital stand with Williamson. The lush grass and sodden outfield meant that boundaries were scarce but good placement and intelligent running inched Doctors towards their target. Ogle (17) fell to C.Morgan (1-13) and Andrew Paisley came in for a brief but vital contribution but two quick wickets for Hayes (2-16) and the suicidal run out of skipper Phil Barker left the game evenly poised. Williamson and Powell kept their nerve and found the gaps in the field to ease Doctors past the line with three balls to spare.
Pacemakers Won by 23 runs BWD 212 for 8 Pacemakers 189 a.o.
The match played on the beautiful
Penn made a statement of intent in the
first over with an exquisite pull for 6 off Sam Powell but then illustrated
the dangers of cross batted shots on damp wickets with an attempted repeat
off an altogether faster ball which found the hands of Keith Powell at mid
on. Powell (1-22) and House (1-10)
made life awkward for the batsmen and House clean bowled V.Chambers which
2008 Winsford Won by 5 wickets Winsford 79 for 9. BWD 84 for 5
Winsford were put in to bat on a green strip of variable bounce and Sam Powell (2-5) extracted life and movement off the seam to dismiss opener A.Williams thanks to a good catch by keeper David Williamson. With the leg breaks of Graham Fergusson (2-12) biting and turning at the other end the home side nose dived to 14 for 4. Opener A.Blackmore played a lone hand as Peter Reed and Oliver Budd (1-16) worked their way through the middle order thanks to a series of nonchalant catches by Richard Budd at mid off. When Blackmore (24) clipped Reed (2-16) to the same fielder Winsford were in serious trouble and more excellent bowling from Phil Barker (1-17) and Keith Powell (1-9) maintained the pressure. Helen Hayes (15 n.o.) gave the total respectability but received no support.
Doctors made the game interesting by losing two quick wickets including the run out of John Ogle due to a calamitous misunderstanding with Rob Adcock. Richard Budd (10) played fluently and hit one big six before top edging a repeat attempt off L.Webber (1-20) and Andrew Paisley was going well until he pulled a calf muscle and had to retire on 12 not out. D.Phippen (1-14) caused another minor hiccup but some assured driving by Keith Powell and calm accumulation by Oliver Budd eased Doctors’ anxieties. Powell (13) was bowled by A.Crispen (1-0) just before the end which allowed Sam Powell time to hit the winning runs with a six over midwicket.
Pacemakers Cancelled by the Opposition
Sadly Pacemakers were only able to find 4 people willing to play, only two of whom subsequently turned up. Thanks to some last-minute local recruiting by the Powell family a total of 18 players plus the limping Paisley assembled at Bridgetown and an unofficial 9-a-side friendly match was played.
There were fine innings of 43 by David Williamson, 29 by Graham Fergusson and 24 by Oliver Budd. The highlight of the match was a superb spell of off spin from Jeremy Budd resulting in figures of 5 for 19, including the wicket of Oliver Budd and a hat-trick.
2009 St Marys Lost by 5 wickets BWD 114 for 6 St Mays 116 for 2
Doctors’ tour to the Scillies got off to a disappointing start when they lost the toss and were put in to bat on a bouncy artificial wicket. Most of their batsmen struggled to time the ball especially after opener Harry Lee was hit on the helmet by a ball which rose from a good length. The umpires were lenient to some quick bowling wide of leg stump but Lee (15) was going well when he got the faintest of edges to a ball from Joe Badcock (1-10). Andrew Paisley (15) and Graham Fergusson (18) accumulated steadily without their usual fluency until both fell in quick succession to catches off B.Jakes (1-17) and Goddard (1-15). Richard Budd was run out without facing a ball by a deflection by the bowler’s fingertips but Phil Barker played pleasantly until he miscued M.Hicks (2-14). The only batsman to get on top of the bowling was Oliver Budd with a masterful 36 not out which gave the total some respectability.
Doctors’ bowling never recovered from the second over from which M.Twynham plundered 19 leg-side runs. Lee’s bowling was hard to score from and he was also the leader of some athletic Doctors fielding but St Marys’ knowledge of their home conditions proved crucial. Oliver Budd had Twynham (18) snared by Lee at square leg but Jakes (14 n.o.) anchored the innings while an attacking cameo from J.Francis put his side on top. Man of the match Budd (2-28) induced an edge from Francis (18) to keeper Fergusson who was standing up to the stumps but this gave the stage to R.Wilcox (47 n.o.) whose classy driving and pulling blew Doctors away.
St Martins Won by 51 runs BWD 179 for 7 St Martins 128 all out
St Martins’ opening bowler James Morton (2-21) made early inroads with 2 wickets, including that of Charles Macadam which was obtained by a novel interpretation of the lbw law. Graham Fergusson and Harry Lee made good the damage with an excellent partnership of 54 during which the spectators spent much of the time searching for balls lost over the boundary. Fergusson was trapped lbw by T.Goddard (1-29) but Lee continued in fine form until he retired on 51. There followed a short hiatus in which Doctors lost 3 wickets to J.Smith (2-41) and a suicidal run out but Doug Johnson (44) and Phil Barker (17 n.o.) staged a glorious finale of six hitting and more lost balls.
Father and son Jeremy and Oliver Budd bowled fine spells of contrasting spin bowling without getting the rewards they deserved. Goddard’s patient knock of 22 was ended by a good diving catch by Barker at mid on off Reed (3-11) and the same bowler, having spurned two caught and bowled chances off J.Pee (11) finally nailed his middle stump. An excellent spell of medium pace from Joe Lee (2-21) yielded two clean bowled victims to reduce St Martins to 62 for 5. J.Haggarty (19) stopped the rot for a while until he became the first of two victims to Macadam (2-16) thanks to a brilliant reflex catch by keeper Fergusson. A wicket for Richard Budd (1-30) aided by a Fergusson stumping and a cool run out by Joe Lee put the home side in deep trouble and a highly entertaining last wicket stand between Morton and Chris Alcock (18 n.o.) was only good for consolation. Barker (0-1) ended the fun when his first ball bowled Morton for 18.
2010 Central Brittany CC Won by 111 runs BWD 233 for 8 C.Brittany 122 all out
The Doctors late arrival at a floodlit football pitch owed much to the questionable navigational skills of the Powell family, but Keith Powell soon atoned for the inauspicious start with a steady opening partnership of 50 in 8 overs on a bouncy, grassy pitch. The Doctors serene progress came to an abrupt end when skipper Lee Snelling brought himself into the attack. He bowled Keith Powell (26) and next ball took a fine C&B to dismiss Sam Powell. His fine spell of 6-14-2 limited the doctors scoring but Nick Smyth and Dave Williamson continued to score at the other end, bringing up their 50 partnership in the 18th over. Nick Smyth then fell to G Palmer (6-33-1) for 29 off 24 balls, which brought Harry Lee to the crease shortly before Dave Williamson retired for a fine 53 not out. Harry then launched a spectacular assault on the Brittany bowling with 55 (retired) off 31 balls including 5 sixes. Phil Barker, Andrew Paisley and Doug Johnson all contributed down the order, and Ed Johnson rounded off the innings with a six off his first ball before being bowled by the final ball. V Mallard, the only Frenchman playing ended with figures of 5-43-2 and the Doctors closed on 233 for 8.
Ed Johnson and Phil Barker opened for the Doctors, both finding plenty of movement off the pitch. Both struck in their third overs to remove the openers but thereafter Phil Barker's luck deserted him and 4 catches went down off his bowling (6-33-1). Ed Johnson wisely choose the direct approach and clean bowled both his victims to end with 6-30-2. The Brittany No 3 Tom Edmunds was by now well established and when joined by Lee Snelling they began to score freely reaching 88 at the halfway point. Andrew Paisley (4-28-1) then took the crucial wicket of Edmunds for 60 and one over from Harry Lee was enough to account for Snelling for 17. Sam Powell then accounted for the lower middle order with 6-23-2, and Darell Edwards, kindly playing for the Doctors as 11th man took 2-6-2 to finish off his team mates for 122 all out.
C.C. de l’Oust Won by 67 runs BWD 177 all out CC de l’Oust 110 all out
The Doctors arrived to find a strip being mown on another floodlit football pitch and once again were put in on a grassy wicket. Charles Macadam and Keith Powell opened the innings with some frenetic running which belied their age, but the pace could not be sustained and Keith was run out. Dave Williamson joined Charles, but they were tied down by some accurate bowling and variable movement and bounce off the pitch, and both lost their wickets trying to increase the tempo. Harry Lee came in at 34-3, but after a brief flurry of boundaries also became pinned down and fell to a superb diving catch by the keeper Walton. Ed Johnson and Sam Powell then set about repairing the innings with a fine stand of 62, before Ed fell for 35 leaving the Doctors 109 for 5.This became 110 for 6 when Doug Johnson could not resist an over ambitious drive and was bowled. Thankfully Andrew Paisley showed great sense to defend the straight balls and lash anything wide to the boundary as he initially supported Sam who finally fell for 36 and was then joined by Nick Smyth in a partnership of 31 before Nick became the 2nd victim of spinner John Ward. Ward then removed Andrew for 35 and a brief cameo from Phil Barker took the doctors to 177 all out, with Ward finishing with 6.3-18-4.
Once again the opening partnership of Ed Johnson and Phil Barker were able to move the ball off the pitch, and the pressure lead to an early run out after a fine pick up and throw from Harry Lee. Phil Barker then bowled the other opener, and Nick Smyth took a stunning one handed catch to give Ed (7-18-1) a deserved wicket. Phil (7-32-2) continued to apply pressure to the new bat and was rewarded with his wicket when he top edged a catch to Doug Johnson to leave the French team on 45 for 4. Tim Brown, the l'Ouest's no 3 continued to score freely on the leg side and at the half way mark they had recovered to 84 for 4. Sam Powell then joined the attack and the extra pace proved too much, two batsman falling in consecutive balls and the hat trick ball flying over the slips. Harry Lee then removed Brown for 54, and the tail swiftly subsided with Sam finishing on 4-6-3 and Harry on 1-1-2 to give the Doctors victory.
2011 Central Brittany CC Won by 42 runs BWD 164 all out C.Brittany 122 all out
Doctors won the toss and began briskly with 12 runs off the first over, but thereafter the ratio of free hits to good balls narrowed considerably and Doctors found themselves 19 for 2 after 3 overs. A period of rebuilding was required and was duly supplied by Rob Moore (21) and Phil Barker (28) who after a slow start put on 55 for the 3rd wicket to take the score to 74 in the 15th over before Rob fell lbw to a ball that kept low. A collapse then followed to reduce Doctors to 91 for 6 in the 20th over and a second rescue operation was required, this time by Harry Lee. Batting with great fluency despite a broken thumb, he was ably supported by the tail, but ran out of partners in the 33rd over and was left stranded on 49 not out with the total on 164, and Geoff Palmer ending 6 overs of off spin with 3 for 17.
Central Brittany (CB) then launched their innings with a frenetic attack on Joe Lee and Sam Powell, but Joe took a wicket in each of his first two overs (3-27-2) to ensure that the outright attack did not go unpunished. Nonetheless CB reached 50 in the sixth over with some powerful hitting from Nick Matthews (36) but the match was turned round by a fine spell of 3 wickets in 8 balls from Sam Powell (7-32-3). He ripped out the middle order, including Tom Edmunds, the top scorer from last year, whose stumps were sent flying by the first ball he faced. Nick Matthews was then spectacularly run out by the combination of a flat throw from deep mid on by Keith Powell and Harry Lee gathering the ball and removing the bails with his good hand. Thereafter CB subsided gently for 122 thanks to Andrew Paisley (1-1-2), although the total would have been under 100 had not the Doctors dropped 4 catches as their concentration lapsed with the game as good as won.
C.C. de l’Oust Won by 74 runs BWD 164 for 7 CC de l’Oust 90 all out
Doctors opted to bat first in a 12 a side game on a lively pitch and were soon in deep trouble at 10 for 3. This time it was Joe Lee (22) and Sam Powell (35) who steadied the ship, putting on 54 for the 4th wicket before Sam skied a return catch to the bowler. The stage was again set for the broken thumbed Harry Lee, who proceeded to make light of the conditions with a sublime 78 not out. Keith Powell has made his reputation as an aggressive batsman, but he could only stand and watch as he contributed just 4 to the partnership of 53 for the 6th wicket before he was run out. Harry retired to make way for his father in the last two overs, and Richard Lee acquired his first two runs for at least 5 years, as Doctors ended their 35 overs on 164 for 7.
CCDL again started frenetically being particularly harsh on Phil Barker whose first two overs went for 21 runs. However Rob Moore retained control at the other end and as Phil regained line and length Doctors began to impose themselves and wickets began to fall. Moore utilised the erratic bounce of the pitch to full advantage in a fine spell to take 7-18-3 including both openers lbw, while Phil’s final 5 overs went for 16 runs as he finished with 7-37-1, removing the top scorer M Powell for 23. Ed Johnson took a fine catch at mid-off to give Rob his third wicket, and then removed the dangerous D Walton courtesy of a good running catch by Keith Powell at deep mid-on. Sam Powell then accounted for Lee Snelling (who he had also removed in the previous day’s match) thanks to a skied catch to Phil Barker. Thereafter wickets fell steadily as both Andrew Paisley and Doug Johnson held two catches each, Jeremy Budd taking 2-9-2 and Richard Lee in his comeback match taking 1-6-1. CCDL ended on 90 all out.
2012 C.C. de l’Oust Won by 11 runs BWD 89 for 7 CC de l’Oust 78 for 9
Doctors made a very slow start on a very well grassed strip at Serent. Bala Ponduragan (1-10) extracted lavish, variable bounce from the uneven surface and Matt Powell's outswingers were virtually unplayable. Wickets fell regularly with only Ed Johnson (17) scoring freely until he was caught at long off from the bowling of Powell (2-7). Lee Snelling (2-17) bowled well as Sam Powell (12) and Harry Lee (10) added impetus and there were fine innings from Nick Smyth (16 n.o) and Rob Moore (12 n.o.).
An excellent opening spell by Powell (1-11) and Joe Lee (1-14) was endangered by aggressive batting from Ponduragan and Snelling (10) until the latter was caught by Powell off Harry Lee (1-8). Graham Fergusson (1-23) and Tom Guppy (2-15) re-established Doctors' control despite a sensible 19 from Matt Powell but with such a low score to defend the game was always in the balance. Ponduragan (32 n.o.) returned to the crease at the fall of the ninth wicket but could not break the stranglehold applied by the estimable pairing of Moore (1-1) and Jeremy Budd (1-3).
Central Brittany CC Won by 104 runs BWD 245 for 7 C.Brittany 141 all out
Doctors got away to a flyer as Phil Barker and Rob Moore put on 47 for the first wicket. Moore (12) was bowled by S.Bennett which brought Keith Powell to the crease to share in a top class partnership of 92 with Barker. Both defended the good balls securely and peppered the short boundaries when anything was off line or length. A tiring Barker (63) eventually gave his wicket away and was stumped off Bennett (2-45) which let in Ed Johnson (15) and Harry Lee (30) for explosive cameos. It all became a bit too easy for the Doctors' middle order and there was a predictable cascade of five wickets as Nick Tyrell (3-39), Lee Snelling (1-40) and Nick Matthews (1-54) cashed in on some over-aggressive stroke play. Powell (69 n.o.) eventually found a stable ally in Joe Lee (11 n.o.) in an unbroken stand of 44 that ensured an imposing total.
Central Brittany openers Matthews (16) and Snelling (19) teed off with a quick fire partnership of 27 but both were undone by the lethal combination of Sam Powell (2-17) and the excellent catching of Harry Lee at mid-on. Joe Lee (1-31) joined in with another wicket thanks to a well-judged catch by Barker at mid-wicket and when Jeremy Budd (1-20) snared Bennett thanks to an even better running catch by Harry Lee the run chase was faltering. The match was effectively finished by a burst of two wickets in three balls by Peter Reed (2-30) including a wicket with his first ball on his first overseas tour. Colin Morrish (18) hit 3 fours off 3 balls but was then run out by the ubiquitous Harry Lee. Tom Guppy (2-18) made further inroads with aid from a second stumping by Graham Fergusson and a good catch by Joe Lee. T.Rossiter (29) and D.Law (10 n.o.) entertained the crowd until the match was concluded by a two wicket spell from the evergreen Richard Lee (2-19).
C.C. de l’Oust Lost by 7 wickets BWD 97 all out CC de l’Oust 98 for 3
Doctors approached their innings with some apprehension in the return match on the tricky Serent wicket. They made a bad start when Harry Lee was given out lbw to a ball from Lee Snelling (1-19) that was passing well wide of leg stump and lost two further batsmen to Matt Powell (2-11). Their woes deepened when Graham Fergusson (11) clipped a ball from Wayne Ackroyd (1-12) to S.Bennett at square leg and Rob Moore lost his middle stump to a fast shooter from J.Rana. For a brief interlude Ed Johnson (18) took the attack to the bowlers but the variable bounce and the pace and accuracy of Rana (4-13 from 7 overs) accounted for him and another mini collapse ensued. The only batsman to play with any comfort was Charles Macadam who was left high and dry for an excellent, unbeaten 18.
Trevor Edwards and John Ward provided a sound platform until Edwards (13) was bowled by Moore (1-28) and Ward (11) was bowled by Lee. Rana was the main difference between the two sides and this showed again as he gave an exhibition of how to play on a dodgy wicket. When Rana (26) was lbw to the impressive Lee (2 for 8 from 6 overs) Ackroyd (14 n.o.) and Snelling (15 n.o.) were left with a relatively simple task.
2013 Central Brittany CC Won by 1 wicket C.Brittany 112 for 9 BWD 118 for 9
The match started with a clatter of wickets as both Phil Barker (1-2) and Jeremy Budd (1-18) opened their accounts and Ed Johnson chipped in with a run out to leave Brittany reeling at 18-3 in the third over. Some sanity was restored by Nick Tyrell (35 n.o.) who started to reach the boundary with some regularity, but wickets continued to fall at the other end, with Sam Powell taking 3 wickets for 1 run. More generous bowling from Ed Johnson, Tom Adams and Nick Smyth allowed the tail to wag so Brittany ended on 112 with one wicket in hand.
The Doctors’ reply was at best steady with the score reaching 13 for 2 off four. Keith Powell was involved in a run out with Tom Adams (16) and played an unusually restrained innings, struggling to 20 in the 12th over before finally being bowled. The Doctors were sinking at 67 for 7 when Sam Powell strode to the crease. Eschewing his father’s example he struck 5 sixes and 3 singles before retiring. Some injudicious batting by the tail and a pressing dinner engagement for last man Budd allowed Sam back in to hit another 6 to win the game with an over to spare.
Central Brittany CC Won by 129 runs BWD 268 for 7 C.Brittany 139 all out
Doctors started cautiously on a Silfiac pitch of uneven bounce and lavish seam movement. Phil Pidgeon (13) received a short ball from Wayne Ackroyd (1-21) which shot along the ground and prompted an aerial riposte which was caught by Bala Ponduragan at mid-on. Doug Johnson (25, including fours and 2 sixes) and Graham Fergusson (35, including 6 fours and a six) then launched a furious assault. The main victim was Tom Edmonds (2-77) but he gained some revenge by having both batsmen caught. This did not spare the toiling attack as Keith Powell and Harry Lee took advantage of the short, square boundaries in another rollicking partnership. Powell (41) was eventually bowled by Tom Howson (1-25) and Biswell (1-30) and Lee Snelling (1-59) took further wickets but first Andrew Paisley (32) and then Ed Johnson took even heavier toll in the closing stages. Powell (54) and Johnson (41) remained unbeaten.
The hosts' reply began disastrously as Rob Moore and Sam Powell each took wickets in their opening over. Boswell (20) hit four boundaries but was then clean bowled by a beauty from Powell (2-13). Brief cameos from Ackroyd (14) and Bala (14) were terminated by Peter Reed (2-33) and Doug Johnson (1-13) but Howson and Pat Darling came together to form a good partnership. Darling led something of a charmed life but Howson (20) looked secure until the introduction of Richard Lee into the attack provoked a drive in the air which was well held by Harry Lee. The end followed swiftly as the last four batsmen all made ducks. Richard Lee (2-41) took another wicket, Harry Lee contributed a run out and Paisley (2-7) applied the coup de grace. Darling was stranded on 43 not out.
C.C. de l’Oust Lost by 82 runs CC de l’Oust 225 for 9 BWD 143 for 9
Doctors lost the toss but were not unhappy to bowl first on a Serent pitch covered in long, shaggy grass in the middle of a football ground. The vagaries of the wicket were offset by the very short boundaries and Hamed (16) from Afghanistan began the innings aggressively until Phil Barker took an outstanding, tumbling catch at long on from the bowling of Phil Pidgeon (1-11). Tom Adams (1-20) removed Sigra Khan, caught by Doug Johnson and Harry Lee ended a gritty vigil by Jon Ward (14) via a catch by Nick Smyth at first slip. The problem for the visitors was at the other end where French international player Rana used all of his skill to negate the variable bounce and lateral movement and used the aerial route to punish any small lapse in line or length with a boundary. At last Peter Reed (1-35) found a way to dismiss Rana (56) with a leg cutter that deviated by eighteen inches and clipped the off bail and Harry Lee had Bala Ponduragan (11) lbw. Sadly for Doctors this did not end the pain as Wayne Ackroyd launched a violent assault on some woefully sort-pitched bowling. Rather belatedly Barker (2-16) was summoned for an excellent spell which staunched the run haemorrhage and persuaded Ackroyd (51) to offer a catch to Johnson at fine leg. Richard Lee (1-34) contributed a useful wicket, as did run-outs by Reed and Harry Lee but the game was taken out of reach by a display of leg-side hitting from Lee Snelling (38 n.o.).
To say that Doctors' top-order batsmen struggled with the pace and accuracy of opening bowlers Hamed and Nisa would be an understatement. For the first time every Doctors batsman wore a helmet and on two occasions they saved a head injury. Barker sensibly played on the back foot but was undone by a shooter from Nisa (2-10) and then the ubiquitous pair of Rana (1-9) and Ackroyd caused further havoc. Rob Moore (10) hung in but was eventually caught behind. Graham Fergusson was also given out caught behind and thereafter the only batsman to look at ease was Harry Lee (30) until he was caught by Hamid off Ackroyd (2-12). The gentler pace of Snelling (2-37) and Bala (3-23) was still bouncing head high and the wicket's variability was more than enough to account for the lower order. Sam Powell (29) adopted the tactic of batting well down the track and smashing everything in reach over the boundary but when he was caught at long on the game was up.
2014 Central Brittany CC Lost by 4 wickets BWD 111 for 9 C.Brittany 115 for 6
On a miserably wet Friday evening in Silfiac BDCC managed a 'Nelson' in eighteen overs. The Doctors scored 111 for nine thanks to a watchful innings of 27 not out by Richard Budd supported by the reliable Keith Powell scoring a quick 22. The second highest score was extras with 26 including 23 wides, and a cameo innings of 21 by Tom Adcock at the conclusion of the innings. The pick of the bowlers was Bishwal with 2/14 & Nick Matthews with 2/15.
In reply Doctors took two quick wickets, tour debutant Ben Brown taking 2/29. The home team quickly took control with aggressive leg side sixes from Matthews 28 n.o. and Bala 25 n.o. The Doctors threatened to come back with some tight bowling from skipper Phil Barker 0/11, Tom Adcock 1/8 & Oliver Budd 0/21. However a well-constructed innings by new recruit Monjour 25 led the hosts to the brink of victory. There was a glimmer of hope when he was stumped by Macadam off Paisley 1/15, but a trio of wides ultimately lost the game.
Central Brittany CC Won by 14 runs BWD 134 all out C.Brittany 120 all out
On Saturday the now traditional volleyball was played in beautiful sunshine in Le Coudiac. As we drove towards Silfiac the clouds gathered again but the rain stayed away and we were able to contest a 35 over game against Central Brittany CC. The Doctors again batted first and were soon struggling at 26/3 against the bowling of Bishwal 2/24, Lee Snelling 3/36 & Dave Amos 4/12. But a partnership of 59 by the Budd brothers who each scored 37 and Tom Adcock chipping in with 15 gave Doctors a total of 134 to defend.
Man of the match Oliver Budd ripped through the top order with 4/29 ably assisted by some excellent catches by Barker (3), Tom Adams & Tom Guppy. CBCC rallied with some strong hitting from Lee Snelling 41 supported by Pat Dalling 20. Phil Barker tightened the screw with a spell of 6 overs taking 1 for 5 and then an inspired bowling change saw Charles Macadam take 3/7 and Tom Guppy (1 /1) took the last wicket to secure a 14 run victory.
C.C. de l’Oust Lost by 1 wicket BWD 123 all out CC de l’Oust 124 for 9
Sunday saw another sunny morning of volleyball before setting off south to Serent where we played CC de l'Oust. Doctors batted first and again were in trouble at 12/3 against the quick bowling of Monjour 1/16 & Bala 2/6 and the slower Matt Powell 2/20. Again the Doctors were in debt to the Budd brothers who put together a stand of 64 in 14 overs, Oliver scoring 34 and Richard 27. They were both removed by Lee Snelling 3/11. The second highest stand of the day (20) was the last wicket between Jeremy Budd (4) and Barker (25 not out) as the Doctors scored an under par 123.
A run out and a great catch by Tom Adcock put some pressure on the host team until a good partnership between Wayne Ackroyd (24) and Matt Powell (15) swung the game away from the Doctors until Phil Barker (3/15) bowled Ackroyd and had Powell caught in the deep with a good juggling catch by Andrew Guppy. Guest player Bishwal 1/18 also applied the brakes and with pressure building on de l'Oust Macadam was brought on and took 3 wickets in his first over (3/12). But a very patient innings from Monjour (31 not out) won the game for the French team in the 30th over by one wicket.
Total Runs Scored 9054
Average per innings 168
Graham Fergusson's Tour batting record:
Matches 40, Innings 38, N.O. 10, Runs 1972, Average 70.42, Fifties 11, Hundreds 7.
Dan Jones' Tour batting record:
Matches 8, Innings 8, N.O. 1, Runs 430, Average 61.43, Fifties 3, Hundreds 1.