Match Reports




Doctors beat South West Pharmaceuticals by 32 runs


Doctors                        122 for 3


Pharmaceuticals            90 for 5


  Doctors lost an early wicket when Matt House was bowled by a perfect off break from Tom Hopkins (1-25) but John Ogle and Graham Fergusson made light of the saturated pitch and ultra-slow outfield with a well judged partnership of 45.  Fergusson was caution personified at first but having seen off the dangerous pairing of James Harrington and David Holland he unveiled his familiar repertoire of elegant drives.  When Fergusson retired on 30 not out Ogle came out of his shell as he and Harry Lee produced a fusillade of pulls and cover drives.  Ogle (27) was run out going for an ambitious third run but Rob Adcock came in and blasted a quickfire 12 at just the right tempo before he too was run out, failing to ground his bat.  Lee (30 n.o.) stayed to the end and was instrumental in the addition of 50 runs from the last 4 overs.

  Holland and Graham Board opened the reply in carefree fashion.  Both rode their luck until the rollicking stand of 45 was ended when Board unwisely gave the charge to Lee (1-8) and was bowled by a topspinner.  Ryan Twinney and Holland kept motoring along and with four overs left the total of 75 for 1 was marginally better than Doctors at the same stage.  Hereabouts the pattern of the two innings diverged sharply.  Doctors’ fortunes had soared but when Holland (33 n.o.) retired and Twinney (11) was plumb lbw to Phil Barker the visitors’ innings plummeted.  Richard Budd turned the ball prodigiously and Barker (1-13) proved to be a real handful as the ball regularly beat the bat.  Fizzing leg breaks from Fergusson (1-6) did further damage and although Harrington (15) played a couple of handsome straight drives he soon found the safe hands of House at long off.  Tom Guppy (2-6) claimed this wicket and another next ball as the irrepressible Fergusson took a one-handed diving catch at point.  Hopkins resisted the hat-trick ball but by then the end was nigh.