Match Reports




Doctors beat Goathurst by 13 runs


Doctors           147 for 6


Goathurst        134 for 5


  Doctors could make little headway in the first 3 overs from Dominic Bracher and Will Griffiths but when Keith Powell obtained the strike the scoreboard began to rattle along.  Powell had reached 11, and in doing so had become Doctors second highest run scorer, when he holed out off Bracher (1-10).  Andrew Paisley (11) straight drove Bertie Broughton inches from the ground and the bowler hung on to a super catch but then Harry Lee and Tom Eve compiled a rapid 50 partnership by virtue of clean striking and good running.  Lee (33 retired) signed off with sixes off successive balls and Eve (30 retired) soon followed him back to the pavilion.  Graham Fergusson was not to be outdone and struck another clinical 30 not out which took him past 9000 career runs for Doctors.  Broughton ((2-12) and Paddy MacLennan (2-26) took wickets at the death but Doctors total of 147 was better than par on a very slow wicket.

  Sam Powell and Jeremy Budd gave nothing away at the start of Goathurst’s reply and the pressure eventually told as Budd (2-20) dismissed Will Griffiths lbw and had John Griffiths (15) caught by Richard Budd at mid on.  Will Hardwick (30 retired) and Andrew Clark (30 retired) profited from some profligate Doctors’ catching but both hit some good boundaries to keep their team in contention.  When they both retired Bracher and Angus McDonagh played pleasing cameos until McDonagh (10) was run out by a good chase and throw by Eve, and Bracher (10) became Fergusson’s 12th stumping victim of the season off Sam Powell (1-27).  Richard Budd (1-21) contributed a useful spell of wrist spin.  Broughton (16 n.o.) and Chris Griffiths played well at the end but were never going to score the 40 needed off the last 2 overs.