Doctors 123 for 6
MPH 89 all out
Batting was never easy on a slow, damp Cannington pitch and Doctor’s openers were made to graft by the accuracy of Greg Lewis and A.Barnet. Keith Powell (19) broke the shackles with a six and a four off consecutive balls but then became one of three victims in an excellent spell of 3 for 16 by first change bowler M.Kemp. Rob Adcock was run out going for an optimistic second run and when Lewis (1-12) dismissed the dangerous Matt House it was left to Harry Lee to provide the substance of their innings. Lee (30 n.o.) obliged with another top class innings aided by some clean striking from Sam Ursell. When Ursell (12) was bowled off his pads by Andrew Clarke (1-36) Doug Johnson (20 n.o.) played with just the right blend of confidence and aggression to give Doctors a respectable total.
The Hospital’s reply got off to the worst possible start when R.Jones was run out off the first ball by a good throw from Ursell at midwicket which was well collected by keeper Powell. Kemp and Alan Dunkley put on 20 for the second wicket at a good pace until Kemp (12) was comprehensively bowled by a ripping off break from Jeremy Budd (1-21). Dunkley (11) fell to an amazing, back pedalling, one-handed catch at full stretch by Ursell as the pace and tight line of House (2-8) and Johnson choked the middle of the innings. Another superb throw by the irrepressible Ursell from the longest boundary on the ground hit the stumps to run out Barnet and thereafter Julian Webster (32 n.o.) played an excellent lone hand as Phil Barker (3 for 4) and Peter Reed (1-23) ran through the tail.