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Over Stowey beat Doctors by 6 wickets


 

Doctors†††††††††††††††††††††† 130 for 3

 

Over Stowey†† †† †††††††† 135 for 4

 

On a hard, dry Stowey pitch of variable bounce Graham Fergusson and Andrew Paisley made an excellent start, taking full advantage of a fast outfield with well-placed pulls and deflections.Fergusson (32 n.o.) retired and the innings was becalmed for a while as Paisley and Harry Lee could only deal in singles against accurate seam bowling from Mike Barrow, D.Sheppard and N.Buller.Skipper Jack Rich (1-40) brought himself on to bowl and caught a skier off his first ball to dismiss Paisley (19).This brought in Sam Powell to increase the run rate.Using his familiar technique of dancing down the wicket and employing a full swing of the bat Powell blasted 35 (retired) in no time.None of his fellow batsmen could match this aggression and the return of Barrow (1-11) and Sheppard (1-17), who accounted for Lee (19) dried up the runs and left Doctors feeling that they had scored 20 runs too few.

Buller and Rich rattled off 29 from the first 4 overs and it took a stunning catch by Lee, hurtling around the long off boundary, to dismiss Buller (11) off the bowling of Robert Seymour ((1-37).†† A brief cameo from Sheppard (12) was ended by a calm stumping by Georgina Adcock off Peter Reed (1-20) but Rich (32, n.o.) and M.Sortwell (30 n.o.) picked off runs at will.When they both retired there were good, containing spells by Powell and Lee that hinted at a Doctorsí recovery until an innings of 21 by Barrow put the home team back in the comfort zone.Tom Adcock (2-23) profited from two excellent catches by Fergusson at long off but Over Stowey eased home with 5 balls to spare.