Match Reports




Doctors beat Butterworth Jones by 60 runs

Doctors                        156 for 4


Butterworths     96 all out


  Doctors made a positive start on an excellent Kings Hall batting track as Dave Rooke and David Gwynne Jones put bat to ball with a certainty that contrasted sharply with their somewhat eccentric running between the wickets.  Gwynne Jones (11) fell to N.Gamblen (1-26) but David Williamson came in keep the singles ticking over and when Rooke (19) was caught off Bill Annis (1-21) an imperious innings from Graham Fergusson made the bowlers look anaemic.  When Fergusson retired on 30 the Butterworths accurate bowling and athletic fielding made runs harder to find as Williamson (13) and James Gass (15) played a series of fine shots which mainly resulted in singles.  With four overs to go Doctors’ total of 103 was looking quite ordinary and both batsmen sacrificed their wickets to run outs in the quest for faster scoring.   The incoming batsmen Ali Hewson (26 n.o.) and Charles Hoveman (18 n.o.) played some breathtaking shots as a further 53 runs were accrued.


  The visitors reply started quietly as Peter Reed and Steve Dorrett found that variations of pace were an effective method of control.  A caught and bowled effort by Reed (1-19) and two deserved wickets for the admirable Dorrett (2-9) put Butterworths on the back foot and left the father and son partnership of D.Edworthy (13) and A.Edworthy with much to do.  The younger partner took the lead with two sixes and two fours in a volcanic innings of 23 but the advent of Hewson (1-16) and the master craftsman Mike Sullivan (3-6) triggered an avalanche of wickets which threw the innings into disarray.  Howard Pearson (20) strove hard to repair the damage but he played a lone hand as Jeremy Budd (2-20) and Gwynne Jones (1-10) mopped up the tail to seal an emphatic victory.