Match Reports




Doctors lost to Goathurst by 6 wickets

Doctors            102 for 4


Goathurst         105 for 4


  Doctors were inserted on a damp and very lively Kings Hall wicket and struggled for runs against penetrative bowling from Bruce Richardson and Tim Webster.  Only Graham Fergusson was able to counter Webster’s spin and bounce and Richardson’s seam movement and when he had to retire on 30 not out the runs almost dried up completely.  David Gwynne Jones was well caught by Webster running back from mid off Richardson (1-15) and David Williamson (26) made valiant attempts to push up the run rate until he was stumped off Webster (2-14).  Andrew Clarke (1-20) and Paddy McLennan kept the pressure on the batsmen, aided by razor sharp fielding, and only a late blast from Dave Rooke (15 n.o.) and James Gass (12 n.o.) gave the bowlers something to defend.  The shot of the day was a soaring six over extra cover by Gass in the penultimate over.


  John Down (1-11) was hit for a four off his first ball but showed his annoyance with a wicket two balls later.  He and Fergusson made sure of a quiet start to the Goathurst innings but soon afterwards the rain began to fall and Clarke and Jacob Clarkson began to take control.  Doctors’ fielding deteriorated in the wet and Clarke went on the offensive.  He needed some luck as he was dropped three times but his 30 (retired) released the tension from the other batsmen.  Clarkson (25) was the ideal foil with quick running and rotation of the strike until he was run out attempting a risky second run to Charles Hoveman at long on.  Webster (11) hit a couple of boundaries but was then bowled by Jeremy Budd (1-29) and when Mike Smart (1-3) took another wicket with a fine off cutter Doctors were in with a slim chance.  McLennan (26 n.o.) soon snuffed this out as he finished the match in style with three fours and a six from successive balls.  Goathurst were worthy winners having been superior in batting, bowling and fielding.