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Doctors beat Butterworth Jones by 6 wickets


 

Butterworths   102 for 8

 

Doctors           104 for 4

 

    Butterworths’ openers David Edworthy and David Savill began cautiously against the accuracy of Andrew Jeanes and David Gwynne Jones.  On a typical early-season, low, slow pitch timing was difficult and there were a number of unintended aerial shots.  For the first time Doctors were using a new, pink ball to aid visibility but it seemed to have the opposite effect as a succession of chances mysteriously went to ground.  Captain Sam Powell arrived late, having been stuck in traffic, and his first action was to demonstrate the basics to his team with a routine catch at cover to dismiss Edworthy (13) off Jeanes (1-12).  Savill and Smith then compiled a steady partnership of 30 until Savill retired on 27.  Peter Reed (2-22), having despaired of a wicket via a catch, restored control for the home team with two, clean-bowled wickets in 2 balls – and an lbw on the hat trick ball was avoided only by the thinnest of inside edges.  Despite an economical spell from Will Ogle a stand between Smith and Cadwaller pushed the score towards a hundred.  Doctors fallible catching meant that 7 chances were spurned and keeper Dave Rooke also felt that he had been denied a valid stumping.  Tom Adcock (1-11) and Phil Barker (4-21) restored order with a tidy spell of death bowling. Barker’s four wickets comprised three clean bowled victims including Smith (26) and Cadwaller (20) and a well-deserved stumping for the excellent Rooke.

 

   Powell began Doctors’ innings in brutal fashion with 17 off Mortimer’s first over.  By the third over he had retired on 25.  Rooke was unluckily run out after a slip by his batting partner Charlie Granville left him stranded and when Mortimer (1-26) came back well the innings temporarily went into the doldrums.  Granville (24 n.o.) and Tom Adams soon injected some urgency with some emphatic driving until Granville retired and Adams (10) was another run out victim.  A wicket for Phil Greenway (1-15) and rapidly deteriorating light threw the game into the balance but Doctors’ victory was assured by a highly impressive partnership from Hugh Ogle and Jeanes (19 n.o.).  Ogle (10 n.o.) is rapidly becoming an accomplished finisher in stygian gloom and it was fitting that he hit the winning boundary.