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Doctors beat Butterworth Jones by 8 wickets


 

Butterworths     118 for 7

 

Doctors            120 for 2

 

  Butterworths suffered an early setback when Ali Witts dived forwards at point to dismiss D.Marsh off Tom Guppy (1-29).  Steve Witts’ typically tidy spell went unrewarded despite beating the bat on numerous occasions as David Edworthy and Keith Wiggins restored equilibrium with a selection of pleasant drives and pull shots.  Skipper Phil Barker brought himself on and his lavish inswing accounted for Edworthy (15) clean bowled.  Wiggins’ retirement on 31 triggered a mid innings collapse as a promising knock of 17 from Phillips was curtailed by a sharp run out by Andrew Guppy at short leg and the batsmen found it hard to lay a bat on the bowling of Barker (3-19).  Howard Pearson (14 n.o.) and D.Savill (14) showed aggressive intent at the death but the leg breaks of Graham Fergusson (2-16) were no easier to get away and the visitors total was less than they would have hoped for.

  Robert Adcock wasted no time when Doctors replied with fours from the first two balls of the innings.  David Williamson gave sound support as usual while Adcock blazed away in an innings of 30 (retired) which took only 24 balls.  There was no respite for the bowlers as Ali Witts took over with a classy and equally punishing 30 (retired).  Pearson (2-22) bowled through the middle of the innings and looked a class above the other bowlers, and it was he who got through the defence of Williamson (15) and then snared Barker lbw for 0.  This brought in Fergusson (12 n.o.) to join Andrew Paisley (29 n.o.) and these two experienced campaigners were particularly severe on anything short or overpitched, so much so that they eased Doctors home with three overs to spare.