Match Reports




Pacemakers lost to Doctors by 5 wickets


Pacemakers     106 for 7


Doctors           108 for 5


  On a good but rather slow Kings Hall pitch Sam Powell’s pace and Andrew Paisley’s leg breaks kept Pacemakers’ openers Nigel Preston and Robert Adcock in check so that only 32 were scored from the first 8 overs.  The batsmen were under pressure to increase the run rate when Peter Reed and Phil Barker took over and wickets began to tumble.  Preston (17) fell victim to a characteristic lightening stumping by Graham Fergusson off Barker and Adcock (12) obligingly lobbed a ball from Reed (2-17) straight into the hands of John Ogle at mid on.  Three key wickets followed as captain Barker (3-9) bowled Jack Botha off his pads, held a stunning, left handed, running catch on the deep midwicket boundary to dispose of Andrew Clarke and then clutched a stinging return catch to dismiss Tim Webster.  Andy Nash and Lee Tomkins put together a useful stand to repair some of the damage and take the score past a hundred. Both batsmen perished at the death, Nash (21) was run out by Paisley and Tomkins (27) well caught at square leg off Jeremy Budd (1-25).

  Pacemakers showed that they could match Doctors’ catching as Keith Powell’s cracking drive over extra cover was plucked out of the air by Clarke and Ogle’s square cut off D.Redgate (2-12) was well taken by Botha at point.  Justin Pepperell (12) hit three whiplash cover drives but was then bowled by Martin Short (1-23) and Doctors were in danger of messing up what should have been a straightforward run chase.  Fergusson and Alan Dunkley steadied the ship with a controlled partnership featuring sound defence and good running laced with exquisite boundaries.  Fergusson retired on 30 but Sam Powell was a more than adequate replacement with an aggressive but well-judged innings of 23, ended by a good catch at deep midwicket by Clarke off Webster (1-35).  Botha (1-12) looked to have gone unrewarded for a good, quick spell and Dunkley (20) looked to have seen his side home until he got a fine edge from Botha’s final ball onto his stumps.  Making light of his bruised left hand, Barker sealed his man-of-the-match display with two fours to secure the win with over 3 overs to spare.