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Bridgwater Doctors lost to Butterworth Jones by 2 runs

Butterworths 105 for 5

Doctors 103 for 4

The visitors won the toss and, having chosen to bat made a slow start against Peter Reed (1-17) and the unlucky Gavin Mansfield. Steve Witts (1-20) made another incision and a direct hit run out by Will Chandler applied further pressure but three dropped catches and some playing and missing allowed a recovery by D.Marsh (24) and J.Brakewell (20). When they were dismissed by Alan Dunkley (1-27) and Jeremy Budd (1-19) there was another hiatus in the scoring but P.Warren (26 n.o.) and Howard Pearson (10 n.o.) hit out at the death to ensure a challenging total in difficult conditions.

Doctors’ skipper Andrew Paisley started in blistering fashion but soon top edged Pearson (1-24) to cover. Dunkley (27) and Chandler (25) then batted beautifully and would have won the match easily had both not been required by the match rules to retire. If there had been lights on the scoreboard all five would have been on, and the middle of the innings suddenly went quiet as S.Gamblen (1-27) took a wicket and Brakewell and Justin Burke bowled fast and short of a length. David Gwynne Jones, batting with a runner having torn a hamstring in the field, looked to be regaining the initiative and the match was finely poised with 15 needed off the last two overs. The penultimate over was bowled by Marsh (1-1) and proved decisive when Gwynne Jones (15) was brilliantly caught by Pearson at short midwicket. Budd was run out and only one run was scored which meant that 14 were required from the last over. Despite heroic attempts by Witts and James Gass it only yielded 11 runs and Butterworths emerged victorious.