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Doctors beat Drug Reps by 20 runs


Doctors                        189 for 3

 

Drug Reps                    169 for 5

 

  A flurry of pulls by Jeremy Budd and off drives by John Ogle got Doctors away to a flying start on another fine Kings Hall batting strip.  Their stand was worth 31 when Ogle (15) miscued a cover drive off Nick Adair (1-47) but Budd (29) and Alan Dunkley (14) kept motoring along at a healthy pace until both fell in successive overs from the lively Tom Hopkins (2-40).  The rest of the innings was a case of assault and battery by Graham Fergusson and Rob Driver who between them hit 10 fours and 5 sixes and inflicted grievous bodily harm on the ball and the fielders’ hands as they put on 110 in the final 9 overs.

 

  John Down (1-19) claimed his usual early wicket but the visitors’ partnership of Hopkins and “on loan” Dave Rooke galloped away in a stand of 65 at a rate well up with that required.  Hopkins (37) eventually top edged Steve Dorrett to Down at short fine leg but Rooke was still hitting boundaries and Graham Beard kept things going.  The game was evenly poised but the turning point came in the 16th over, bowled by the evergreen Dorrett (3-28), in which both Rooke (45) and Beard (11) were bowled by balls which were much too good for the attempted shots.  Incoming batsman John Mansbridge belted the ball to the boundary seven times in his 42 not out but he had no support.  Budd (1-19) bowled two crucial overs at the death and the task of scoring 40 from the last two overs proved far too great.