Match Reports




Doctors beat Goathurst by 5 wickets

Goathurst  123 all out


Doctors      124 for 5

Doctors’ perennial rivals Goathurst won the toss and batted under an overcast evening sky at Cannington. They made a brisk start thanks to young J Clarkson (37) despite Andrew Clark's departure, caused by a mix-up in which there could have been a run out at either end.  Clarkson and John Hardwick caused mayhem for a few overs, even treating the normally miserly Phil Barker (4-0-22-0) with no respect. Hardwick (25) departed, after playing across the line to Richard Gower once too often. Goathurst, at 75 for 3 after 10 overs still looked set for a large total, but now enter James Murdoch. With his deceptive action, likened by some to lobbing hand grenades, he blew the Goathurst middle order away with a spell of 4-0-21-5, including two stumpings by the fast hands of keeper Graham Fergusson. The latter was again in action at the other end, where aggressive tailender J Griffiths was saved from a third stumping off Jeremy Budd (2-8) by the umpire's somnolence. The two slow bowlers restricted Goathurst to 123 all out which their wily captain Paddy MacLennan (himself one of Murdoch's stumping victims after a rush of blood to the head) reckoned to be 20 runs too few.

Doctors' reply began badly with the loss of Powell for a duck, attempting a forcing stroke to off from a ball on middle stump too early in his innings. Two more wickets followed cheaply before a period of consolidation between in-form opener John Ogle and Charles Macadam. However, some accurate bowling by R Hardwick (4-15) and Tim Webster meant that when Macadam (7) was out, the score was only 72 off 14 overs, of which Ogle, at times deprived of the strike, had contributed 50. Now enter magical Murdoch. With crisp hitting and greyhound-like running from his first ball, he first rotated the strike to Ogle, and then moved up a gear himself. When Ogle (68) departed, the pair had plundered over 40 runs from 4 overs.   Barker accompanied Murdoch as he raced to 32no off only 18 balls to secure the win with an over to spare. Ashen faced MacLennan was to be heard later, trying to arrange a rematch during Murdoch's summer holidays.