Tour to Brittany
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.
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.
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.