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Doctors beat Burnham by 8 runs


 

Doctors           134 for 6

 

Burnham         126 for 5

  The match was played on the now-familiar, damp, slow Cannington pitch and Doctors lost John Bishop to a cross batted, hard wicket shot at Mike Green (1-28) which resulted in an under edge onto his stumps.  Phil Barker and Graham Fergusson were able to time the ball surprisingly easily and the score rattled along to 54 off 6 overs.  Barker (16) top edged a skier to Glen Gaylard at point off Peter Harris (1-14) and Fergusson (35 n.o.) retired but Justin Pepperell drove the ball with a sound like a whip crack and Oliver Budd produced some cultured shots in a rollicking stand of 49.  A mix up led to the run out of Pepperell (18) and then the run flow was checked by wickets for Dan Aston (1-32) and Andy Birkett, but there was time for an aggressive cameo from Sam Powell (15) until he was bowled by Birkett (2-11).  Budd was unbeaten on 25.

  Bishop and Peter Reed took the pace off the ball and made the Burnham openers work for their runs.  Bishop made the breakthrough, as a fielder, off the second ball of the innings when his dead-eyed throw from cover ran out Gaylard.   Reed (1-15) made further inroads but House and Harris constructed an intelligent partnership to bring their side back into the match. Both batsmen fell to Budd (2-31); House (20) bowled by a sharply turning leg break and Harris (18) the victim of a steepling caught and bowled.  The light was fading fast but Aston and G.Batt attacked hard to bring the target within sight.  Powell bowled a tight spell and Batt (15) was caught and bowled by Fergusson (1-19).  When Aston (25 n.o.) retired Ed Booth (12 n.o.) and E.Tasker (18 n.o.) continued the assault in now almost dark conditions.  Fergusson and Barker had just enough guile and experience to ensure that when the overs and the light finally ran out their young opponents were 9 runs short.