Doctors beat King Alfred’s School Staff by 58 runs
Doctors 188 for 5
K.A.S. 130 for 3
King Alfred’s and Doctors resumed hostilities after a ceasefire that had lasted since 1995.
Doctors were put in to bat, and lost an early wicket to the pacey Dan Tippetts (1-17). Dave Rooke and Graham Fergusson then played with controlled aggression on a belter of a batting wicket against some short bowling to put on 52 from the first 6 overs. Rooke (27) holed out to a good diving catch by Julian Stearnes off Williams (1-27) but new batsman James Murdoch pulled his first ball for 6 and thereafter kept his foot hard down on the accelerator. The steadiness of Mike Smith (2-31) under fire was rewarded with the wickets of Fergusson for 43 and Murdoch for 34 and when Blumsun (1-33) took another wicket there was a temporary hiccup in Doctors’ progress until Justin Pepperell came in to hit the ball prodigious distances as he and Will Chandler (21 n.o.) blitzed the last 6 overs for 61 runs. Pepperell (32 n.o.) cockily turned down a run off the fifth ball of the last over and then calmly hit the last ball for 6.
The contest was effectively decided by a fine spell of accurate, hostile quick bowling by Sam Powell and Andrew Jeanes which allowed only 29 runs from the first 8 overs.
Powell (1-15) got the wicket he deserved but Jeanes was very unlucky, having two catches dropped off his bowling and hitting the stumps without dislodging a bail. Stearnes (24) played some quality shots before falling caught and bowled by Chandler who tied up the middle of the innings with a mesmerising spell of 2 for 16. Tippetts had opened the innings and played a sound anchor role for 53 not out but despite a belligerent 39 not out from Paul Tatterton the teachers never got within range of a win.