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Doctors lost to Spaxton by 45 runs


 

   That old fox Keith Bellinger had evidently scoured all the Northern slopes of the Quantocks for talented cricketers for his team which held several hard-hitting batsmen. However the Docs started well, John Ogle again winning the toss and this time electing to field on another hot sunny evening with biscuit conditions in the outfield.

   First ball from Sedge, the dangerous Richards undercut a hook, lofting the ball high up and was well taken by the safe hands of keeper Chris Cullum. At the other end Darryl Lush clean bowled Matt McKenzie after a couple of boundaries for 9, and at 11-2 all seemed under control. But then W. Moyse and D.Court put on a rapid and undefeated 60 partnership with 4’s and the odd 6 raining down over the fast outfield. The destructive Wayne Pither holed out to a brilliant one-handed catch by Jordan running backwards at square-leg off Nick Eaton; but then Scott and Tom Bellinger came together notching up a further 58 runs in no time, and despite the cheap departures of Harry Fisher, Harrison Buller and skipper Keith, all to Graham Ferguson, the visitors had amassed 167. Jordan and Windows struggled a little up the hill, but the pick of Docs’ bowlers was Darryl Lush.

    In reply Andrew Jeanes and Chris Cullum built a strong opening partnership of 60 without loss.  Russell Windows and Hugh Ogle tried to up the rate, but were both caught off lofted shots, the former for 4 and Hugh for 20, the first of Keith Bellinger’s 4 victims bowling slow lofted spin. Unfortunately with the clock ticking against us, nobody else managed double figures and at the end of time Docs’ total was well short at only 122.