Match Reports




Pacemakers beat Doctors by 8 wickets

Doctors                        157 for 2


Pacemakers                  161 for 2


Doctors’ were put in to bat and lost an early wicket to Martin Short (1-20) but thereafter bat completely dominated ball on a featherbed Kings Hall wicket.  Pacemakers rotated their bowlers in vain as Keith Powell and Will Chandler took them apart and both spin and seam disappeared to the short square boundaries with increasing frequency.  The batsmen put on 97 and were in absolute control when they were parted by a freak dismissal as Powell (49) pulled a thigh muscle attempting a short single and was clutching his groin in midwicket when he was easily run out.   Andrew Paisley provided good supported in the final overs as Chandler (82 n.o.) continued in imperious vein, advancing down the wicket and straight driving all comers.

  Doctors’ total was no more than par on such a small ground with a fast outfield and Pacemakers’ Donovan King and Nigel Preston set off in impressive style.  John Down (1-14) was the best bowler in the match and having found the edge of the bat twice eventually gained due reward when he bowled King (15).  This brought in James Murdoch, who also plays for Doctors,  and his intense desire to do well against his usual team-mates catalysed the Pacemakers innings.  Preston (35) was bowled by an off cutter from Peter Reed (1-30) but Tim Webster (24 n.o.) played a sensible innings in support of Murdoch’s increasingly fluent front foot strokes.  There was the odd play and miss and two difficult chances went to ground but by the end Murdoch (64 n.o.) had mastered the bowling and he finished the match in style with a handsome drive past the bowler with 3 balls to spare.