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Doctors beat South West Pharmaceuticals by 63 runs


 

Doctors                        137 for 6

 

Pharmaceuticals            74 all out

 

  The trust of Doctors’ openers Keith Powell and John Ogle in an under-prepared Cannington pitch was seriously undermined by the pace of James Harrison and the accurate wrist spin of Chris Coles.  Doctors’ circumspect start was underlined by Tom Hopkins who persuaded Powell to hit his slower ball to mid on.  Ogle (34) and Phil Barker (25) gradually wrested the initiative in an enterprising stand full of good running and improvisation, laced with handsome boundaries.  As often happens both batsmen fell in quick succession, in this case to good catches in the covers off the bowling of Stuart Kemp (2-21).  Andrew Paisley was unlucky to be lbw to a ball from Ian Hooper (1-17) that may or may not have pitched outside leg stump and it fell to Adrian Fisher and Graham Fergusson to build an imposing total.  Their initial steady accumulation of ones and twos blossomed into a burst of fours before Fisher (18) succumbed to Matt Dunn (1-9) and Fergusson (36) was caught and bowled by the returning Hopkins (2-42).

  Doctors opened with an all spin attack and it was the fizzing off breaks of Harry Lee (1-13) that struck first as the bowler accepted a sharp return catch.  Coles (24) decided on a policy of attack and was looking good with 4 fours off the left arm spin of Ashley Knowles when the bowler took revenge with the perfect ball, a prodigious turner that removed off stump.  A steepling catch by Fisher and another snorter that bowled Harrison behind his legs sealed Knowles’ comeback with figures of 3 for 20.  Hopkins (13) played positively but when he provided Lee with another good catch at extra cover and Hooper was well taken at midwicket by Ogle, both off Peter Reed (2-22), the game was effectively over.  Keeper Fergusson stamped his mark on proceedings with a smart stumping and a run out as ripping leg breaks from Paisley (2-3) and Powell (1-0) docked the tail.