Doctors 125 for 4
Surgeons 88 for 9
Doctors won the toss, chose to bat, and flew out of the blocks as David Gwynne Jones took 10 from the first over. The Cannington wicket had been rendered slow and low by heavy morning rain and anything short of a length was murdered by Gwynne Jones and the in-form John Ogle, whose partnership alternately smashed and caressed 87 runs from 13 overs. The stand was broken by a short ball from Sanjit Mehendale (1-28), brilliantly caught by a diving Julian Webster at midwicket from a full blooded pull by Ogle (34). Gwynne Jones continued unabated despite both a hamstring strain and his cracked bat sounding as if it would disintegrate every time he hit the ball. It was the introduction of Webster as a bowler that stemmed the torrent of runs. Gwynne Jones played across a straight ball for an invaluable 60 that would have been worth a century on a faster outfield and with a decent bat. Webster (3-9) then played havoc with a middle order in search of quick runs and, with good support from Colin Ogilvie, made sure that the total was less daunting then had seemed likely. Only Graham Fergusson (15 n.o.) made any impact.
The Surgeons’ reply was thrown into
disarray by the excellent opening bowling partnership of Fergusson’s
leg spin and Richard Gower’s pace.
Supported by good catching from keeper Dave Rooke and close fielders
Andrew Paisley and Gower himself, Fergusson (2-9) and Gower (2-3) reduced the
visitors to 14 for 4 from 6 overs. The
Surgeons’ player of the match, Webster, was the only top order player to
show any resistance as