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Butterworth Jones lost to Doctors by 15 runs


 

Doctors           161 for 8

 

Butterworths   146 for 7

 

    The Staplegrove wicket showed unusual variability of bounce at one end which was well exploited by the tall figure of Simon Cattell as he and Andrew Mortimer (1-31) made early inroads.  David Williamson’s neat innings of 12 was ended abruptly by a ball from Cattell (2-23) which swung in and seamed away but then Graham Fergusson and Ed Johnson took charge in a rollicking 50 partnership.  Fergusson’s rifle-crack square cuts were the feature of his 34 (retired) and Johnson (30 retired) mixed sharp singles with powerful drives.  Sam Powell was the victim of a very sharp caught and bowled dismissal by Howard Pearson (1-33) and Charles Macadam was similarly dismissed by Robin Wood (1-19).  John Ogle and Phil Barker wrested back the initiative with a salvo of boundaries until Ogle’ exquisite knock was cut short by a remarkable one handed, overhead catch by Cattell at deep midwicket off D.Savill (2-32).  Barker finished on 26 not out.

 

  Butterworth’s reply was dealt a body blow when Larkman and Keith Wiggins fell for ducks to catches by Fergusson and Barker off Macadam (2-18) and it was put on the ropes when David Edworthy was safely pouched by Keith Powell at long off from the bowling of Johnson (1-14) and Miller (15) was caught at slip by Peter Reed off Fergusson.  Wood and Cattell rose to the challenge with aggressive strokeplay which hauled their team back into contention.  When Cattell (36 n.o.) and Wood both retired Fergusson (2-23), Sam Powell (1-4) and Barker (1-23) turned the match back in Doctors’ favour.  Wood was the pick of the Butterworth batsmen and when he returned to combine with Savill (18 n.o.) there was one last flourish.  Although the match had been lost by then Wood took 18 off the final over to bring up a well-deserved half century.