Match Reports




Pacemakers lost to Doctors by 17 runs


Doctors            151 for 4


Pacemakers      134 for 4


      Pacemakers landed the first blow when Rob Adcock was caught by Peter Sprague off R.Payne but then had to wait a long time for further success as Keith Powell hit boundaries all round the wicket and Ali Witts showed off his trademark whiplash, back foot cover drives.  When both retired on 30 not out Graham Fergusson and Sam Powell continued in the same vein and even the quality finger spin of Sprague and Tim Webster went for 7 an over.  As the end of the innings approached the batsmen sacrificed their wickets in the quest for acceleration, Fergusson (28) caught by James Murdoch off the returning Payne (2-21) and Powell (17) caught by Pat Tomlinson off Cheetham (2-41).  John Ogle (15) and David Williamson kept the momentum going to the end and, given the short boundaries and fast outfield, both teams were reasonably happy with the total.


  Opening bowlers Witts and Sam Powell pursued a tight line and length and the need to rotate the strike led to the downfall of M.Bloor who was unable to beat a fast pick up and throw from Keith Powell at mid off.  Andrew Paisley and Phil Barker maintained the constriction and after 10 overs the total was 51 for 1, leaving Pacemakers needing 10 an over to win.  Tomlinson and Andy Nash rose to the challenge, as did M.Winsey when Tomlinson retired on 31 not out.  As the pressure mounted Nash (27) was run out going for an optimistic two as Keith Powell fired in the ball to keeper Williamson who gathered well and threw down the stumps.  Webster came in and hit two legside sixes before holing out to Fergusson off Peter Reed (1-32), and hard though Winsey (22 n.o.) and Murdoch struck the ball they were contained by excellent bowling from Fergusson (1-28) and David Gwynne Jones.  Fergusson’s fine spell was rewarded with the wicket of Murdoch (21) stumped by Williamson off the last ball of the match.