Match Reports




Doctors lost to Goathurst by 1 wicket

Doctors         194 for 6


Goathurst      195 for 9

Doctors’ were inserted and suffered an early setback when Ralph Hammond underestimated the speed over the ground and accurate throwing of Phil Jay at cover.  Rob Adcock (19) led something of a charmed life against Will Webster and Rob Hardwick but with John Ogle put on a valuable 40 for the second wicket until he finally fell lbw to Will Hardwick.  Ogle joined forces with Harry Lee in a stylish partnership that provided the backbone of Doctors’ innings.  They both peppered the short straight and legside boundary and at one stage four balls had been lost in the hedges.  Will Hardwick (2-32) bowled tidily throughout and made the breakthrough when Ogle (51) was caught by Sam Williams at deep square leg.  Lee and Andrew Dodden kept attacking but the run rush was checked by Jay (2-8) who ended Lee’s fine knock of 52 via a catch in the deep and bowled Dodden (11).  Charles Macadam (14 n.o.) had time to play an attractive cameo before the overs ran out.

Goathurst's reply began shakily as Dan Clarkson was bowled behind his legs by a wicked away swinger from
Peter Reed (2-46) and the same bowler took a caught and bowled chance to dismiss Jay.  John Griffiths (30) lived dangerously but harvested a crop of boundaries until he was bowled by Dodden and Tim Webster (12) threatened mayhem until he got the ball of the day from Lee which swung in and removed his off stump.  Goathurst were never behind the asking rate and there followed a breezy stand between Geoff Shaw (16) and Andrew Clark which was ended only when Oliver Budd at short midwicket took a brilliant diving catch from Shaw’s full blooded pull off Charles Macadam (1-40).  Dodden’s top class spell of left arm finger spin produced two further wickets thanks to good catches by Macadam and Oliver Budd and ended with figures of 7 overs 2 maidens, 14 runs for 3 wickets.   However Clark was still in residence and with Rob Hardwick proceeded to lay into Doctors’ bowling.  The visitors were in the ascendant when captain Jeremy Budd called up Lee and as usual when a crucial wicket was needed Lee (2-31) produced the goods.  Ogle’s fine catch at long off sent Clark (45) back to the pavilion and with Goathurst on 150 for 8 Doctors seemed to have won - even more so two overs later when Lee took a catch to grant Richard Budd (1-19) the wicket of Hardwick (14).   This possibility did not seem to occur to Will Webster and Will Hardwick who used their feet well to the spinners and found gaps in the field into which to hit boundaries.  The match had one more twist when Webster was dropped at deep midwicket off Richard Budd but the two young players went on to deservedly steer their side home.  Webster finished on 30 not out and Hardwick on 10 not out.