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Pacemakers tied with Doctors


 

Doctors†††††††††† ††††††††††† 125 all out

 

Pacemakers†††† †† †††††††† 125 for 7

 

The early stages of this match were entirely one-sided as Pacemakers excellent bowlers made good use of a slightly two-paced Kings Hall pitch and were backed up by some fine catching.Peter Sprague took two wickets for no runs and Julian Harlow (2-11) clipped Graham Fergussonís off stump with a beauty that came back up the hill.It seemed that every time a Doctors batsman played a good shot someone leapt through the air to catch it as the score limped to 24 for 5.Phil Barker (13) began the recovery but was bowled through the tiniest of gaps by S.Marshall (1-11) and when Micky Masters (1-5) and Tom Keeling (1-26) took further wickets Doctors were again on the back foot. Just in time the cavalry came to the rescue in the form of skipper Sam Powell and Harry Lee who took the attack to the bowlers with a volley of fours and sixes.Lee (25) eventually fell to another excellent catch by Justin Chippendale off B.House (1-22) but Powell (48) continued the assault until he was last man out, well caught at long leg by Marshall off Will McKegney (1-1).

Pacemakers began cautiously against Powell and Lee but it was the change bowlers Fergusson and Peter Reed who made the breakthroughs as both Sprague (10) and Harlow (10) were stumped by Georgina Adcock off Fergusson. Will Webster (11) hit his first two balls for four and six, both perilously close to the fielder at deep midwicket but then attempted a repeat shot to an even slower ball from Reed (1-25) and skied it to Adcock.T.Millard (25) fell in similar fashion with a top edge off Fergusson (3-26) to Charles Granville at mid on and the match was in the balance.The home team was indebted to a quickfire 30 from House which swung the match their way.When he retired the balance swung back to Doctors as Lee took two good catches to dismiss Tom Keeling off Barker (1-14) and J.Yeabsley (12) off Powell.Two tight overs from Powell (1-10) meant that 10 were needed from the last over bowled by Lee.A boundary from McKegney and scrambled twos and a single brought the scores level with one ball remaining.†† Lee (1-24) kept his nerve admirably and produced a quick, full length ball that McKegney (11) could only chip straight back to the bowler.