Match Reports




Doctors beat Butterworth Jones by 8 wickets


B.Jones            120 for 7


Doctors            124 for 2


  Butterworths chose to bat first but could make little headway in the first 8 overs on a good Cannington batting track against constrictive bowling from Peter Reed and Phil Barker (1-21).  D.Edworthy and Keith Wiggins upped the tempo and had put on 41 for the second wicket when Edworthy had to retire for an excellent 33 not out.  Charles Macadam (1-28) then made a clinical incision and major surgery was performed by Andrew Dodden in a fine spell of 2 for 16 which accounted for Wiggins (23), well caught by Sam Powell.  The same fielder then assisted captain Jeremy Budd (1-20) with a sharp catch at extra cover, completed after a prolonged period of juggling.  There followed a sensible partnership of good placement and fast running between Steve Wray and S.Edworthy which ensured a respectable total.  Doctors’ fielding was not up to its usual sharpness with the exception of Barker who was outstanding.  Sam Powell (1-15) in a new role as off spinner broke the partnership when Edworthy (18) was stumped by Graham Fergusson – a dismissal notable for a novel form of sledging by the bowler whose exclamation of “that’s out!” came shortly after the ball left his hand.   Macadam then effected a good run out after tidying up a fielding mix up and Wray was left on 18 not out.


Doctors reply began briskly and then accelerated as Keith Powell returned to form in spectacular style with some heavyweight driving and hooking.  After 6 overs he had retired on 32 not out which gave Ralph Hammond and Adrian Fisher the chance to give an exhibition of class shots.  Hammond (27) was bowled by Wray (1-21) and Fisher (15) was bowled by S.Edworthy (1-19) and there was then a period of consolidation as the Butterworth bowlers bowled wider and wider in an attempt to slow down the scoring rate.  Just as the visitors were beginning to scent an unlikely victory Doctors’ young guns Dodden and Sam Powell came back hard at them with a selection of classical drives and Doctors cruised home with two overs to spare.  Dodden was unbeaten on 24 and Powell was on 21.