to Goathurst by 1 wicket
194 for 6
Goathurst 195 for 9
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.