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Ashfords Solicitors lost to Doctors by 28 runs


 

Doctors                       153 for 5

 

Ashfords                     125 for 8

 

Phil Barker continued his recent good form with a lively 20, which was only ended by a good catch by a substitute fielder at mid-on off Adrian Hills.  Rogers (1-25) took a caught and bowled chance off a skier from David Gwynne Jones and Andrew Paisley was run out going for a tight second bye but anything short of a length on the damp wicket sat up to be hit and the ultra-reliable duo of Harry Lee (29 retired) and Graham Fergusson (25 retired) took full toll.  Tom Langston played well in an aggressive knock of 20 until he was caught off C.Gregson (1-24) and then Sam Powell (25 n.o.) and Ed Johnson (11) belted 42 off the last 4 overs.  Johnson was caught off the final ball of the innings from the persevering Hills (2-28)

 

Charles Macadam claimed an early wicket but Gregson and H.Thompson rattled along at 8 an over until Thompson (18) was stumped by Fergusson off Johnson (1-14).  In the middle of the innings the runs dried up as Gwynne Jones, Paisley (2-7) and Peter Reed (1-14) all bowled tightly.  The match would have ended sooner had not Doctors put down a series of chances, some hard and some not so hard.  On the positive side Langston and Gwynne Jones held their catches, Johnson effected a good run out and Fergusson claimed a second stumping (and another clear stumping that was given not out).  A.Rothwell contributed 11 runs and an inventive innings from Hills (27 n.o.) contained a couple of very effective switch hits.  Macadam (2-39) returned to claim another wicket and Langston (1-3) completed a good performance with a lively spell.  Gregson (35 n.o.) came back in to play a few more good shots but he target was always well out of reach.