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Central Brittany lost to Doctors by 129 runs


 

Doctors                       268 for 7

 

Central Brittany          139 all out

 

Doctors started cautiously on a Silfiac pitch of uneven bounce and lavish seam movement.  Phil Pidgeon (13) received a short ball from Wayne Ackroyd (1-21) which shot along the ground and prompted an aerial riposte which was caught by Bala Ponduragan at mid-on.  Doug Johnson (25, including fours and 2 sixes) and Graham Fergusson (35, including 6 fours and a six) then launched a furious assault. The main victim was Tom Edmonds (2-77) but he gained some revenge by having both batsmen caught.   This did not spare the toiling attack as Keith Powell and Harry Lee took advantage of the short, square boundaries in another rollicking partnership. Powell (41) was eventually bowled by Tom Howson (1-25) and Biswell (1-30) and Lee Snelling (1-59) took further wickets but first Andrew Paisley (32) and then Ed Johnson took even heavier toll in the closing stages.  Lee (54) and Johnson (41) remained unbeaten.

 

The hosts' reply began disastrously as Rob Moore and Sam Powell each took wickets in their opening over.  Boswell (20) hit four boundaries but was then clean bowled by a beauty from Powell (2-13).  Brief cameos from Ackroyd (14) and Bala (14) were terminated by Peter Reed (2-33) and Doug Johnson (1-13) but Howson and Pat Darling came together to form a good partnership.  Darling led something of a charmed life but Howson (20) looked secure until the introduction of Richard Lee into the attack provoked a drive in the air which was well held by Harry Lee.  The end followed swiftly as the last four batsmen all made ducks.  Richard Lee (2-41) took another wicket, Harry Lee contributed a run out and Paisley (2-7) applied the coup de grace.  Darling was stranded on 43 not out.