Doctors beat Butterworth Jones by 1 wicket
Butterworths 126 for 8
Doctors 127 for 6
Both teams were blighted by an outbreak
of absenteeism, Butterworths reduced to ten players and Doctors to only
eight. Butterworths chose to bat and
lost an early wicket when D.Savill dallied when returning to his crease and
was run out by a hard, flat throw from Will Chandler at midwicket. Sam Powell bowled his usual economical
spell but Wood and David Edworthy began to push the score along. Edworthy survived a difficult chance to mid
on in the second over but was thereafter serene and elegant. Wood (11) essayed two ambitious charges
down the wicket at Jeremy Budd (1-28) – the first resulted in runs but
when he did it again the bowler slipped in a wide ball and keeper Graham
Fergusson completed a routine stumping.
Miller hit out from the start and the score had reached 70 in the 11th
over when Phil Barker (3-16) blew away the middle order with a spell of 3 for
2 in 8 balls. His haul included the
prize wicket of Edworthy (29) caught by Peter Reed at long on and that of
Miller (11) caught by Budd at backward short leg. Phillips and D.Marsh repaired the damage
with lusty leg-side blows as their left and right handed combination
disrupted the bowlers’ radar.
Marsh (18) was bowled by David Gwynne Jones (1-16) and
Fergusson and Rob Adcock looked a million dollars with three sublime driven boundaries in the opening overs. Alas the low, slow wicket was not made for flamboyant batting and Fergusson (10) fell to a toe-ended pull shot off Phil Greenway (1-24). Wood was initially erratic but once he located a full length on off stump he accounted for Adcock and Gwynne Jones who were both bowled through the gate. Chandler and Powell came together at 42 for 3 and, with only three batsmen to come, played supremely sensible, positive cricket. Much to his annoyance Chandler (22) was out chasing a very wide ball from Phillips (1-32) which prompted Powell to open his shoulders to produce 2 fours and 3 glorious, soaring sixes. Marsh (1-30) and Keith Wiggins (1-10) took crucial wickets to put their team within 1 wicket of victory but Powell (47 n.o.) found a worthy ally in captain Barker (20 n.o.). The end was an anticlimax with two wides in the 19th over as Powell just edged out his captain for the man of the match award.