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Pacemakers beat Doctors by 6 wickets


Doctors                        87 for 7

 

Pacemakers                  88 for 4

 

  Doctors’ unfamiliarity with playing in warm dry conditions was no excuse for an all round poor performance.  Their innings got off to a weak start on a damp pitch of unpredictable bounce as two of the top three were dismissed for ducks by N.Short (1-17) and Rob Rowles (1-4).  David Gwynne Jones and Andrew Paisley got things on track, exploiting the short square boundaries with hefty pull shots until Gwynne Jones (19) was criminally run out, called for a short single when the ball was already in cover’s hands.  Paisley (19) soon followed him after pulling Tim Webster to Rowles at deep midwicket and the vagaries of the pitch, another silly run out and some careless shots against Webster (2-19) and Mike Wright (1-18) meant that the visitors were never able to set a challenging total.

  Mike Sullivan (1-19) struck an early blow but a stand of 63 between Rowles and Rob Adcock demonstrated what could be done with aggressive strokeplay.  Rowles (28) benefited from a dropped chance off Sullivan and then gave a display of unorthodox, bottom handed pulling and cover driving until he was well caught and bowled by Harry Lee.  Adcock pulled a hamstring and needed a runner and his belligerent driving in the air offered Doctors four chances which were spurned until, on 26, he was finally held at mid on by Lee off Peter Reed.  Despite another wicket for Reed (2-18) and a tight spell by Lee (1-9) Andrew Clarke (16 n.o.) had no difficulty in seeing Pacemakers home with 3 overs in hand.