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Crowcombe lost to Doctors by 7 runs

Doctors 149 for 3

Crowcombe 142 for 7

Doctors got off to a flier as Will Chandler took 17 off the first over of the match and had retired undefeated on 31 before the fourth over had been completed. This brought in Graham Fergusson who smote his first ball from T.Knell (1-11) hard into the chest of Graham Lamacraft at short extra cover who reacted quickly and clasped the rebound to his wounded torso. John Ogle played a solid but enterprising anchor role while Dave Rooke (30 ret.) took up the Chandler role and after 12 overs the total had reached 90. Ogle (22) fell to a slip catch off Jake Smith (1-12) and there was a short hiatus as R.Foster and C.Smith (1-7) bowled economically. The impetus was regained by some outrageous strokeplay from Ian Stansfield (31 n.o.), highlighted by his one handed pull shots from balls well wide of leg stump. Charles MacAdam (19 n.o.) contributed his usual quota of useful runs and finished the innings with an exquisite leg glance for 4.

The home innings also began briskly despite the usual astringent spell by John Down. Lamacraft (11) was bowled by James Powell but S.Smith (32 ret.) and D.Lock (29) kept the scoreboard rattling until in the 12th over, with the score on 82, Lock was deceived by on offbreak from Jeremy Budd (1-20). The Crowcombe middle order went for their shots and R.Hay (12) was building a dangerous platform when he pulled Stansfield hard into the hands of MacAdam at square leg. Stansfield (2-17) bowled an eccentric and entertaining spell and the appearance of Peter Reed (1-10) and the return of Powell (3-15) meant that wickets fell at crucial intervals. Despite a final over which yielded 20 runs, mostly to Knell (19 n.o.) the result was never in doubt.