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Doctors lost to Goathurst by 4 wickets


 

Doctors           99 for 9

 

Goathurst        101 for 6

 

  Doctors regretted taking first use of a Cannington wicket, previously rock hard but with the top made ’sticky’ by overnight rain.  Tyler Buller (2-11) bowled both openers and Graham Fergusson got an unplayable ball from Will Griffiths (1-13) which pitched on middle and hit the top of off stump.  Keith Powell and John Bishop mixed sensible strike rotation with controlled aggression until Tim Webster tempted Bishop (25) into a reverse sweep which went straight to gully and then lured Powell (17) into a top-edged pull.  Sam Powell followed quickly, bowled off an inside edge by an inswinger from Dom Bratcher (1-21) and there were gratuitous wickets for Andrew Clarke (1-11) and Angus McDonagh (1-3).  Adrian Fisher (11) was the only beacon of resistance until he became the third victim for Webster (3-17).

  Sam Powell (1-21) bowled with real fire and little luck save for the wicket of J.Griffiths who was lbw.  Liam Kitch played and missed a few times against Powell but also played some handsome shots and, with able support from Bertie Broughton, kept the score rattling along.  Kitch (30 n.o.) retired and the game changed with the advent of Oliver Budd’s wrist spin.  Broughton (19) was well stumped by Fisher who gave a faultless exhibition behind the stumps, Charles Macadam accepted a sharp chance at short extra cover and Budd’s four overs resulted in the excellent figures of 3 for 7.  Clarke (12) played confidently until he was well held by Richard Budd at deep square leg off Alan Dunkley (1-26) and the game was evenly poised when Webster was pouched by Keith Powell, running in from long on off the bowling of Bishop (1-23).  This parity was abruptly dispelled by Bracher who had survived an apparently obvious caught behind off Bishop when on nought.  He plundered 20 from the 17th over and that was that.