Doctors 112 for 6
Surgeons 108 for 7
Doctors made a horrible start on an untypically green-tinged, soft Cannington wicket where the ball kept low and moved off the seam. Kevin Harper was the early assassin with a fine spell of 3 for 14, which could have been even better but for two dropped chances. Ali Witts observed the mayhem from the other end while making batting look easy on the treacherous track. Watchful in defence and merciless on any aberrations in length or width Witts found a durable ally in a 50 partnership with David Williamson (23) which was only ended when Witts (41 n.o.) was obliged to retire. There was a quiet period in the middle of the innings when McLaren (2-24) used the conditions well by bowling straight and on a full length and Colin Ogilvie (1-19) got considerable turn with his off breaks. Williamson’s excellent anchor role was well supported by John Ogle (12) and Andrew Jeanes (12) until all three batsmen were undone by the vagaries of the bounce as they tried to accelerate.
The Surgeons reply began confidently as Lockyer and Alan Barnes played a shot a ball and the batsman ran enthusiastically between the wickets. Wayne Pither was unlucky as two top edges dropped short of fielders and it was Graham Fergusson (1-14) who made the breakthrough when his excellent bowling gained the wicket of Lockyer, well caught low down by Andrew Paisley running in from mid on. Jeanes came on and a quick, straight ball induced a faint edge from Alan Dunkley to keeper Dave Rooke, the batsman walking without waiting for the umpire’s decision. The match swung when Barnes (31), having correctly survived two close run out decisions was third time unlucky thanks to a powerful throw from Pither at deep midwicket, straight into the gloves of Rooke. An ice cool spell of left arm finger spin from Ash Knowles (2-29) tightened the noose until McLaren and Craig Jones eased the pressure with a flurry of four boundaries. There was another change in fortune when McLaren (13) unwisely gave the change to Peter Reed and Rooke had ample time to come up to the wicket to complete the stumping. Seventeen runs were needed from the final two overs and Colin Ogilvie found a perfect straight drive for four off the first ball of the penultimate over. The next ball from Reed (2-19) was a straight yorker which defeated an attempted repeat shot and took out middle stump. Despite a valiant innings from Jones (19 n.o.) the task of scoring ten from the last over by the impressive Jeanes (1-16) proved impossible.