Match Reports




Doctors beat South West Pharmaceuticals by 80 runs


Doctors                        148 for 2


Pharmaceuticals            68 all out


  Doctors were put in to bat on a Cannington wicket softened by recent rain and were initially tied down by the loop and accuracy of Robert Seymour (1-17) and clever variation of pace and bounce by Matt House.  John Ogle broke the shackles with a series of elegant pulls and drives and when he retired on 30 not out Will Chandler and Robert Adcock were able to consolidate without taking undue risks.  Adcock (14) having run countless singles and a number of threes and having survived three run out scares was eventually dismissed – by being run out.  Chandler (30 n.o.) retired after a perfectly paced innings and Phil Barker (30 n.o.) and Sam Powell (18 n.o.) applied the long handle to good effect to add 36 runs from the last 4 overs.  On such a slow wicket, offering lateral movement, the total of 148 was formidable.

  It became even more daunting as, with steady rain falling, Doctors’ guileful, off spinning opening attack of Powell (2-8) and Jeremy Budd (2-19) shot out the top four Pharmaceuticals batsmen with only 16 runs on the board.  There was a pleasing symmetry to the scorecard as both of Powell’s wickets were neat stumpings by Graham Fergusson and both of Budd’s were from catches at mid on by Will Chandler, one a stunning, diving, one-handed effort.  Peter Reed (1-18) contributed his customary wicket via a catch by Fergusson as Doctors’ ground fielding was excellent.   The only worthwhile stand in the innings by Richard Budd and Tom Hopkins ended when Hopkins (11) was smartly caught at slip by Powell off Tom Chandler who once again showed rich promise with a classy spell of 2 for 11.  The innings subsided with a run out by Will Chandler and another when Budd’s excellent innings of 32 in atrocious conditions was ended by a bullet throw from Powell.