Match Reports




Doctors beat Butterworth Jones by 3 wickets


Butterworths               126 for 8


Doctors                       129 for 7


  Edmonds and Peter Warren cantered along in a brisk partnership of 35 for Butterworth’s first wicket but neither was able to get on top of a spell of excellent wrist spin from Oliver Budd (2-13) and he accounted for Edmonds (16) clean bowled and Warren (24), caught by the diving Will Chandler at midwicket.  Miller (17) played some nice shots in company with Scarborough but there was a collapse when Keith Powell (1-25) bowled Scarborough (13), Budd ran out Howard Pearson with a direct hit, and Phil Barker’s lavish swingers yielded figures of 2 for 23.  Keith Wiggins (16) and Stephen Phillips (20) response to the crisis was to hit out and run well until both were bowled in a classy penultimate over by Chandler (2-2).

  Charles Macadam opened and played the anchor role for doctors, rotating the strike with 14 consecutive, hard-run singles despite the hot and humid conditions.  James Murdoch (15) played the aggressor with classical straight-bat driving, including one elegant, soaring six, but then was run out attempting a suicidal single when the ball was already in Wiggins’ hand.  The slowness of the pitch meant that boundaries were hard to find and Chandler and Macadam had more hard running to do in a fine partnership which meant that halfway through the innings Doctors were exactly half way to their target.  Chandler (28) was caught at mid on from a very high full toss from Scarborough (1-28) and Macadam (26), having upped the tempo, was also caught at mid on off the excellent David Marsh.  This triggered a major wobble as Marsh (2-17) and Wiggins (2-21) kept their line and length tight and allowed Doctors’ middle order to get themselves out.  When Barker was run out by a splendid direct hit from Miller at deep midwicket Doctors needed 30 from the last 4 overs with 3 wickets left and Butterworths were on top.   Enter Budd and Keith Powell for bravura performances of controlled power and placement which won the match with 4 balls to spare.  Both batsmen finished on 15 not out.