Match Reports




Doctors beat Butterworth Jones by 57 runs


Doctors           153 for 8


Butterworths   96 all out


    Doctors won the toss, chose to bat on a hard, dry Cannington wicket, and sped off with 34 runs from the first 4 overs before an excellent spell from Mortimer (2-20) applied the brakes.  Sam Powell relished the unaccustomed role of opener with a mature innings of 30 (retired) in which the good balls were milked for singles and the bad balls were cracked for fours.  His partnership with the admirable Adrian Fisher was worth 40 runs and had provided the base for a big total when Fisher (23) edged a good ball from the evergreen Howard Pearson (1-16) to keeper David Edworthy.  There was a brief wobble as Steve Phillips (1-26) and David Marsh used clever variations of pace to exploit the uneven bounce but Rob Adcock restored equilibrium with a well judged knock, mostly composed of breathless singles to rotate the strike.  He was eventually undone by Marsh (2-17) and when Jerry Lockley (1-16) took another quick wicket the score might have been restricted but a cameo from Charles Macadam and an ideal ‘finisher’s’ innings from Dave Rooke set up an above par total.  Macadam (10) was bowled by Robin Wood (1-20) bur Rooke was unbeaten with 24 off 12 balls.


   Powell set the tone for his fellow bowlers with an impressive opening spell of sharp pace and enough movement to beat the bat frequently.  At the other end Tom Eve (2-21) began by dropping short and was pulled for two fours by Keith Miller but when his radar clicked onto a fuller length he was equally hard to play and was rewarded by the prized wickets of Edworthy, bowled and Wood, lbw, both to balls that kept low.  Marsh was run out by the alert Doug Johnson without facing a ball and the match was virtually sealed when Powell (1-8) got the deserved wicket of Miller (19), caught in the gully by Peter Reed.  Phillips’ sensible innings hauled his side out of the depths of 35 for 4 but the only support that he received was from Pearson (11) and Mark Blackwell.  Doug Johnson (1-12) removed Blackwell (11) thanks to a good catch by Macadam at deep square leg and Ed Johnson’s dynamic fielding at cover ran out Phil Greenway.  When Macadam (1-10) lured Phillips (29) into a lofted shot to Barker at square leg the match was finished off by the familiar combination of Reed (2-14) and Barker (1-11).