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Burnham lost to Doctors by 3 wickets


 

Burnham†††††††† 117 for 9

 

Doctors†††††††††† 121 for 7

 

††Burnhamís young top order batsmen succumbed to poor shot selection against the steadiness of David Gwynne Jones (1-25) and Phil Barker (2-19) as Andrew Paisley, Peter Reed and Graham Fergusson took good running catches off top edged shots.P.White settled into the anchor role as L.Coles (21) played a few handsome drives until he was caught by the diving Gwynne Jones off Ed Johnson (1-10).The pick of the Burnham batsmen was A.Meads with some exemplary driving on the up.When Meads (30 n.o.) retired and White (22) was run out by a good return from Barker the innings subsided gently with only G.Batt (13) making any further impression.Sound bowling from Charles Macadam (2-22) and two more run outs brought matters to a conclusion.

 

††A target of 118 seemed attainable at the outset and seemed quite paltry after an extraordinary start. After the first, excellent over by Mike Green (1-13) the score was 1 for 1 and Fergusson had just come in to bat.After another 2 overs of coruscating strokeplay which pulverised any slight aberration in length Fergusson had retired on 33 not out and the score was 38 for 1.There was another bizarre twist as, in gloomy light, commendably straight and quick bowling from S.Green (1-10) and B.House (3-23) hypnotised Doctorsí middle order. Wickets fell steadily with only Nick Smyth (10) reaching double figures and after 12 overs the game was evenly poised with the score 60 for 5.Doctorsí opening bowlers turned into their batting heroes as Gwynne Jones walloped fours and sixes and a vital six from Barker broke the constraint that had been imposed by White.There was one final tremor when Gwynne Jones retired on 30 not out and E.Tasker (1-19) took a wicket next ball but Barker (13 n.o.) saw his team home with 5 balls to spare.