Match Reports




Doctors beat Goathurst by 97 runs


Doctors            159 for 5


Goathurst           62 all out


  Doctors’ John Ogle and Rob Adcock were largely untroubled in a well paced 50 partnership for the first wicket.  Against steady bowling by Rob Hardwick and Angus McDonagh they accumulated mainly in ones and twos and had built a sound platform when the introduction of Paddy MacLennan into the attack induced Adcock (22) to offer a catch to Andrew Clarke at midwicket.  Clarke came on at the other end and was unlucky to have two catches dropped in his first over as Ogle looked to accelerate.  Soon afterwards Ogle retired for a cultured 40 not out and MacLennan (3-30) used the opportunity well, his skill in moving the ball both ways being rewarded with two quick wickets.  Sam Powell came in to join his father Keith and these two played in the only way they know how, taking the attack to the bowlers.  There was a plentiful supply of big, booming drives as boundaries flowed and the scoring rate soared.  Keith Powell (26) eventually fell to a catch by MacLennan off Clarke (2-36) but Sam Powell’s fine, unbeaten 40 propelled the final score to a very challenging 159.

  The visitors’ response started disastrously as Jeremy Budd’s perfectly pitched off break bowled Dan Clarkson and then Adcock took a truly remarkable one-handed catch to dismiss McDonagh off Andrew Paisley (1-17), the fielder falling full length onto the neighbouring concrete artificial wicket in taking the chance.  MacLennan and John Hardwick set about repairing the damage and were looking good when MacLennan (10) inexplicably charged down the pitch at Budd (2-18) and lost his off stump.   In the next over Hardwick (19) attempted a non-existent second run as the ball was in the hands of Paisley at cover and thereupon the innings fell apart.  There was a wicket each for Matt House (1-0) and Peter Reed (1-4), the latter courtesy of an extraordinary over-the-shoulder catch, taken behind his back by David Gwynne Jones at midwicket, and the match was soon over as Phil Barker (4-13) clinically docked the tail.