Match Reports




Doctors beat Butterworth Jones by 43 runs


Doctors                             153 for 5


Butterworth Jones             110 for 8


  Butterworth’s veteran Howard Pearson (2-13) used his experience and guile to good effect to snaffle two early wickets but then John Bishop and Graham Fergusson put together an excellent partnership full of enterprising attacking shots. Bishop’s straight driving was harsh on anything pitched up and Fergusson announced himself with four boundaries from the first four balls from Savill.  Both retired on 30 and 31 respectively and there was a brief lull when Steve Phillips took a wicket and Robin Wood’s sharply turning off breaks were hard to score off.  Sam Powell’s explosive hitting and John Ogle’s elegant timing broke the shackles and rapid progress was resumed. Powell (23) played one big shot too many and was bowled by Phillips (2-23) and Ogle (20) was run out, but more fine shots from Ed Johnson (21 n.o.) pushed Doctors to a formidable total.

  David Edworthy was undone by a ball from Powell (1-13) which ‘stopped’ and which he chipped to Fergusson at short midwicket but D.Savill (13) played comfortably until he succumbed to a fine yorker from Johnson (1-16).  The substance of Butterworth’s innings came from a fine stand, composed mainly of legside shots, between Wood and J.Bacon which put their side into the same position as Doctors after 13 overs.  When Wood (25) was bowled by Peter Reed (1-25) and Bacon (31n.o.) retired Butterworth’s middle order were not able to emulate their opponents’ late acceleration. Phil Barker bowled a good, containing spell, Powell effected a sharp run out and Fergusson (1-7) and Bishop (2-11) combined again to mop up the lower order in the growing darkness.