Match Reports




Cricket Club de l’Ouest lost to Doctors by 67 runs


Doctors                       177 all out


CC de l’Ouest             110 all out


The Doctors arrived to find a strip being mown on another floodlit football pitch and once again were put in on a grassy wicket. Charles Macadam and Keith Powell opened the innings with some frenetic running which belied their age, but the pace could not be sustained and Keith was run out. Dave Williamson joined Charles, but they were tied down by some accurate bowling and variable movement and bounce off the pitch, and both lost their wickets trying to increase the tempo. Harry Lee came in at 34-3, but after a brief flurry of boundaries also became pinned down and fell to a superb diving catch by the keeper Walton. Ed Johnson and Sam Powell then set about repairing the innings with a fine stand of 62, before Ed fell for 35 leaving the Doctors 109 for 5.This became 110 for 6 when Doug Johnson could not resist an over ambitious drive and was bowled. Thankfully Andrew Paisley showed great sense to defend the straight balls and lash anything wide to the boundary as he initially supported Sam who finally fell for 36 and was then joined by Nick Smyth in a partnership of 31 before Nick became the 2nd victim of spinner John Ward. Ward then removed Andrew for 35 and a brief cameo from Phil Barker took the doctors to 177 all out, with Ward finishing with 6.3-18-4. 


Once again the opening partnership of Ed Johnson and Phil Barker were able to move the ball off the pitch, and the pressure lead to an early run out after a fine pick up and throw from Harry Lee. Phil Barker then bowled the other opener, and Nick Smyth took a stunning one handed catch to give Ed (7-18-1) a deserved wicket. Phil (7-32-2) continued to apply pressure to the new bat and was rewarded with his wicket when he top edged a catch to Doug Johnson to leave the French team on 45 for 4. Tim Brown, the l'Ouest's no 3 continued to score freely on the leg side and at the half way mark they had recovered to 84 for 4. Sam Powell then joined the attack and the extra pace proved too much, two batsman falling in consecutive balls and the hat trick ball flying over the slips. Harry Lee then removed Brown for 54, and the tail swiftly subsided with Sam finishing on 4-6-3 and Harry on 1-1-2 to give the Doctors victory.