Match Reports




Ashfords Solicitors lost to Doctors by 3 wickets


Ashfords                     133 for 5


Doctors                       134 for 7


 Ashfords won the toss and elected first use of a good Knightshayes batting surface.  P.Matravers and D.Rice scored at eight an over off the first 4 overs with exquisite cover driving by Matravers (27 retired) a particular feature.  Rice (12) tried an unwise quick single to Sam Powell at mid off and was run out by yards.  Phil Barker (1-23) and Tom Adcock had bowled without luck until Barker’s good spell was rewarded by a good running, diving catch by Andrew Paisley at midwicket.  S. Lucson (25 retired) and G.Cridland then put together a useful partnership, scampering ones and twos as Doctors’ bowlers were frustrated by mis-hits which repeatedly fell into vacant spaces.  Beth Sellick repeatedly beat the bat in a fine spell but it was Peter Reed (1-29) who eventually had Cridland (18) caught off a top edge by Graham Fergusson at short midwicket.  Further wickets by Powell (1-18) and Tom Langston (1-11) kept the total within reasonable limits.

  J.Hickman (1-12) bowled fast and straight but was countered by Fergusson (23) who found the boundary regularly until he was unluckily bowled off his pads by the worst ball that Hickman bowled, a full length ball that would have missed leg stump by a foot.  Hugh Thompson was brilliantly caught by P.Blake at mid off from a full blooded drive off Steve Walker (1-16) and Paisley was run out by a direct hit from long off.  Powell, having hit his first ball for six was then bowled through a defensive stroke by J.Gregson (1-26) which left Doctors wobbling at 58 for 4.  To the rescue came Charles Granville and Georgina Adcock with an enterprising stand of 38 which ended when Adcock (13) miscued a skier to Blake off Matravers (1-10).  Granville (32 n.o.) hit the ball ferociously hard in what proved to be the match-winning innings but there was another blip when he retired and Blake (1-20) and Cridland (1-12) each nipped in with a wicket.  Sellick and Tom Adcock eased Doctors’ nerves with a calm, pragmatic partnership which saw their side home with ten balls to spare.