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Doctors beat Musgrove Park Hospital by 6 wickets


 

MPH                137 for 5

 

Doctors            138 for 4

 

  The Hospital elected first use of a good cricket wicket at Cannington.  There was even pace and bounce but enough lift and purchase to interest the bowlers and the all-spin opening attack of Ash Knowles and Harry Lee used it well despite a minor epidemic of dropped catches in the outfield.  Alan Dunkley and N.Prabhu rode their luck and kept the score rolling at 5 an over until a sharp turner from Knowles (1-16) induced a spiralling top edge from Dunkley (11) into the gloves of keeper Graham Fergusson.  Jon Ogilvie announced his arrival with a series of elegant straight drives but soon lost Prabhu (21) to a skyscraping catch off Ed Johnson which was very well held by Rob Adcock at short midwicket.  Ogilvie and Julian Webster then formed a partnership which threatened to take the game away from Doctors and the home side were relieved when Ogilvie (29) arrowed a full length ball from Johnson (2-23) straight into the safe hands of John Ogle at long off.   Wickets for Peter Reed (1-23) and Andrew Dodden (1-33) applied a temporary brake but some audacious shots from Webster (43 n.o.) in company with R.Jones (14 n.o.) ensured a challenging total.

  Kevin Harper and Simon Ogilvie bowled well at the start of Doctors’ innings but Ogle and Dodden are a class opening pair and set up a solid platform in a stand of 43, notable for some exquisite cover driving.  Ogle (21) was run out by a direct hit from mid on, aiming at one stump, but in-form Andrew Paisley came in and he and Dodden upped the tempo at just the right pace with good running and a steady stream of boundaries.  When Dodden (41) was athletically caught off Rob Moore by the diving Dunkley at square leg the score had risen to 97 and the asking rate had come down to six an over.  Keith Powell (11) joined Paisley in an enterprising partnership but, having played one glorious hook shot off Moore, was run out going for an ambitious second run.  Moore (2-28) gave his side a glimmer of hope when Paisley (43) top edged a short ball to keeper Jones but Doctors were in the happy position of having expert finishers Lee and Fergusson to see them home with two balls to spare.