Doctors 129 for 1
Surgeons 92 for 9
Doctors’ opening pairing of John Ogle and Rob Adcock tucked into the Surgeons’ opening attack with relish and rattled along at 6 an over. The visitors’ ground fielding was good but their catching was afflicted with an outbreak of dropsy - Adcock being the first beneficiary with missed chances at slip and by the keeper. Unabashed, he and Ogle feasted on any aberration in line and length and the drives and pulls flowed. Both batsmen retired in short succession on 40 not out and for a while the new batsmen struggled to accelerate on a turgid pitch and slow outfield. Colin Ogilvie, Prasanth and Andrew Clarke all bowled tightly and Ralph Hammond suffered the ignominy of being the only batsman to lose his wicket as Andy Heywood took a sharp, juggling catch at cover from the bowling of Prasanth (1-9). Andrew Paisley continued his run of good form with a valuable 25 n.o. which boosted Doctors to a par total of 129.
The Surgeons’ reply began with a
boundary by Paul Thorpe but then suffered from a dramatic collapse at the
hands of Steve Witts and Ian Jeanes.
Thorpe fell to a good, running, stooping catch by Wayne Pither at mid
wicket off the admirably consistent Witts (2-11) and Surgeons’ skipper
Alan Dunkley unwisely charged down the wicket to the 4th ball of
Jeanes’ third over and lost his leg bail. Jeanes (2-9) clean bowled Ogilvie with his
next ball and was promptly removed from the attack by his captain and thus
denied the chance of a hat trick!
Julian Webster (13) staged something of a recovery until he was pinned
down by Robert Seymour (1-15) and, attempting to break loose, skied a
steepling catch to