Match Reports




Doctors beat Goathurst by 72 runs

Doctors            141 for 3


Goathurst         69 all out



  Doctors were put in to bat and had to overcome the early handicap of losing John Ogle caught at slip off Angus McDonagh (1-14).  For the first 6 overs the run rate remained at 3 an over as McDonagh and Will Webster maintained good control of line and length.  A mixture of youth and experience was applied to break the shackles by Andrew Dodden and Adrian Fisher who both drove the ball well and unerringly found the gaps in the field.  When they retired on 34 and 31 respectively the reins were handed to Ian Hooper and Sam Powell.  Both were uncharacteristically circumspect to begin with but when the shots began to flow the visitors were indebted to Richard Scarborough (1-20) for a fine spell of controlled spin bowling that bottled up one end.  Powell (19) went for a big straight drive and was bowled through the gate by a Scarborough off break and the pace of the returning Webster (1-12) gained a deserved wicket.  Hooper (30 n.o.) remained unbeaten and the total of 141 was reckoned to be about par on a good Cannington wicket with a fast outfield.


  This calculation was rendered meaningless by a superb opening spell by Powell (4-12) who swung the ball both ways and tore through the Goathurst top order to effectively decide the match by the 5th over.  The only batsman to look comfortable was Andrew Clark but Joe Lee (1-8) was also bowling well and when Clark (15) lofted him to the safe hands of Dave Saunders at mid off the score was a miserable 21 for 5.  Saunders (2-12) bowled usefully and, having taken two wickets with the last two balls of an over, was cruelly denied the chance of a hat trick by his captain who took him off!  Geoff Shaw’s typically lusty cameo of 12 was ended by a catch to Powell at mid on and the innings went into terminal decline with wickets for the medium pace of Rob Bartlett (1-18) and the off spin of Harry Lee (0-1).  Paddy MacLennan (16 n.o.) was inexplicably kept back to bat at number 8 and he battled well in a lost cause until the innings was wrapped up by Richard Budd (1-5) bowling testing left arm chinamen that extracted sharp turn from the dry pitch.  Hooper at short midwicket took a stinging catch to dismiss the last man.