Exeter Medics lost to Doctors by 10 wickets
Exeter Medics 101 for 5
Doctors 104 for 0
doctors from Exeter were soon in trouble on a rough-looking pitch at Knightshayes in Devon. Andrew Paisley’s leg breaks and Mike
Smart’s bounce and seam movement exploited the conditions well and
Smart (2-6) was rewarded with a fine, low, sliding, caught and bowled wicket
and another via a good catch by Keith Powell at square leg. Despite a good deal of playing and missing
Raj Dharmarajan and Srinivas Arun counter-attacked effectively until Arun
(15) chipped Peter Reed (1-15) tamely to Harry Lee at mid on. Lee (1-5) was himself a wicket taker thanks
to another Powell catch and although Rob Weir (24 n.o.) drove boldly Phil
Barker (1-11) and Graham Fergusson bowled constricting spells to keep the
scoring in check. Dharmarajan (25
n.o.) was the pick of the Royal Devon batsmen.
H.Richards accurate seamers and Ravi Dharmarajan’s wrist spin
posed problems for Doctors’ openers but Powell and Rob Adcock countered
with a policy of aggression that yielded 59 from the first 7 overs. Both players drove and pulled mercilessly
at anything short or wide and before long both had retired on 27 not out,
Adcock having hit 6 fours and Powell 4.
John Ogle (19 n.o.) commanded the rest of the innings with lordly
authority and Fergusson (20 n.o.) proclaimed his arrival with boundaries from
his first three balls. Doctors’
victory was completed with a whopping 7 overs to spare.