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Doctors beat Goathurst by 12 runs


 

Doctors            123 for 7

 

Goathurst         111 for 6

 

    Doctors’ openers Robert Adcock and Keith Powell built a sound platform with a stand of 43 at five runs an over.  Powell (22) sacrificed his wicket in the quest for acceleration - run out by an alert pick up and direct hit from Tim Webster at short midwicket.   A stylish cameo from Ralph Hammond (13) was ended by a sharp, low catch by Angus McDonagh at short mid on off Sam Williams (2-14) and the same bowler acquired the prize wicket of Harry Lee who dispatched a long hop straight to backward square leg where Bertie Broughton plucked it out of the air.  Adcock played a solid anchor role, dealing mostly in ones and twos with the occasional thumping four, while batsmen came and went at the other end due to classy pace bowling by Will Webster (2-12) and prodigious leg breaks by Broughton (1-29).  Paddy MacLennan (1-15) lured Adcock (29) into a chip to square leg but Doctors’ captain Will Chandler (17 n.o.) and Ed Johnson (12) crafted the necessary runs from the final overs.

  Goathurst soon lost John Hardwick, bowled by a very slow slower ball from Peter Reed (1-15) but Will Hardwick and James Broughton played confidently until Broughton (10) was bowled by a fast off break from Lee.  The same delivery accounted for the dangerous Will Webster but then Hardwick and Andrew Clark staged a counter attack which brought their side back into the game.  Debutant Imogen Mann was hit for a big six by Hardwick (29) but the bowler exacted terrible retribution next ball with a yorker that ripped out middle stump.  Clark (30 n.o.) stuck a six and a couple of fours to keep Goathurst in the hunt despite a good spell from Ed Johnson but Mann (2-25) mesmerised and then bowled Tim Webster and the return of Lee (3-10) accounted for Bertie Broughton, well caught by Reed at point.  McDonagh contributed a quickfire 17 not out but scoring 24 from a fine last over bowled by Doug Johnson proved impossible.