Match Reports




Pacemakers lost to Doctors by 7 wickets


Pacemakers      110 for 6


Doctors            115 for 3


  Pacemakers have been a bogey side for Doctors in the last three seasons and there were those who questioned the wisdom of giving their strong batting line up first use of the good wicket and fast outfield at the small Kings Hall ground.  Doctors opened with Robert Colledge’s ageless left arm spin and the ploy was instantly successful thanks to a sharp catch by keeper David Williamson.  Robert Adcock, a sometime Bridgwater Doctor, was the Pacemaker’s opener and he took the attack to his erstwhile colleagues but when Colledge (1-15) gave way to fellow slow bowlers Phil Barker and Robert Seymour the ball was equally hard to get away and boundaries were at a premium. Barker (2-10) bowled the spell of the day, removing dangermen Andrew Clark and Martin Short via a good stumping and an even better catch by Williamson.  This brought in another moonlighting Doctor, James Murdoch, and he and Adcock upped the tempo with a handful of boundaries but throughout the innings Doctors took key wickets at regular intervals and Adcock’s excellent innings of 30 ended when he chipped Peter Reed (1-14) to Barker in the covers.  The departure of Murdoch (27), well held by John Ogle at long on off Harry Lee (1-15), was the turning point and another fine spell by Steve Witts made sure that Pacemakers lower order was kept in check.  Rick Terhofven looked as though he might break free but was only able to lob a fine ball from Witts (1-10) to the safe hands on Seymour at mid on.


  Charles Macadam launched Doctors’ reply in helter-skelter fashion until he was narrowly run out looking for a sharp single but Ogle played with his usual calm authority as his new partner Lee took an instant liking to the short legside boundary.  When Ogle (18) was well caught by Ellis running back from extra cover off the bowling of Tim Webster (1-37) the score had moved on to 59 off 8 overs but this was merely the prelude to 5 overs of mayhem as Lee and Wayne Pither despatched some very respectable bowling for another 44 runs.  Although Lee finally missed a full toss and was lbw to Pacemakers’ captain Will Gates (1-6) for a match-winning 56 two more sixes from Pither (31 n.o.) finished the match with 6 overs to spare.