Match Reports




Doctors beat Pacemakers by 23 runs


Doctors            212 for 8


Pacemakers      189 all out


  The match was played on the beautiful Bridgetown ground but was blighted by persistent heavy rain which made the pitch sticky and the ball greasy.


  Pacemakers gained an early advantage as C.Langdon (2-32) made the ball shoot off the wet wicket to claim two early victims and Matthew House was unluckily run out.  Keith Powell struck the ball towards the midwicket boundary and both batsmen thought that the ball had crossed the line.  House was making his way back to the non-strikers end when the ball was returned and the wicket was put down which made him unfortunate but out.   Powell and Paddy MacLennan made good the loss with an excellent stand of exactly 50, notable for some high-class pull shots.  MacLennan (29) fell to an excellent shot off N.Smyth (1-32) which soared toward the pavilion only to be intercepted by a one-handed salmon leap by Langdon.  Powell and Andrew Paisley kept up the momentum in the face of good, tight spin bowling from Alex Penn and Peter Sprague but when Powell (36) was bowled by Penn (1-32) and Paisley (16) was lbw to Sprague (1-28) Doctors had slumped to 130 for 6 and were in danger of underachieving.  Sam Powell (56) and Charles Macadam dispelled the worries with a fine stand of 52 in which resolute defence was laced with a mixture of delicate and powerful scoring shots.  Powell’s display of forceful cover driving came to a sad end when a wide legside ball from Andrew Clark hit his pads and trickled onto his stumps.   Clark (2-29) then removed Macadam (13) through a James Murdoch catch but there was time for captain Phil Barker (18 n.o.) to take his team past the two hundred mark.


  Penn made a statement of intent in the first over with an exquisite pull for 6 off Sam Powell but then illustrated the dangers of cross batted shots on damp wickets with an attempted repeat off an altogether faster ball which found the hands of Keith Powell at mid on.  Powell (1-22) and House (1-10) made life awkward for the batsmen and House clean bowled V.Chambers which left Clark and D.Botha little choice but to retrench.  With the batsmen declining risks and change bowlers Bertie Broughton and Peter Reed bowling a good line and length a stalemate ensued and with 20 overs remaining Pacemakers needed 150 more runs.   The breakthrough came when Reed effected a good pick up and throw at short midwicket to run out Botha (31) and a bowling change brought on Barker (1-8) to dismiss dangerman Murdoch thanks to a superb diving catch at extra cover by House.  Clark went on to a well deserved half century.   He had eschewed his usual aerial driving but with his score on 52 the need to push on lured him into a cover drive off Broughton which was caught by Barker.  Langdon (44) replaced him and hit a barrage of shots into and over the river on the boundary but, having hit Broughton (2-28) for two sixes in an over, the temptation for a third was too much and he lost his middle stump.  Jeremy Budd (2-7) took two wickets including a very sharp caught and bowled and thereafter only A.Nash (12) reached double figures as the wizardry of MacLennan (3-17) did the rest