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Doctors lost to Pencombe by 115 runs


Pencombe        225 for 6

 

Doctors            110 all out

 

 

  Pencombe openers Owen Thomas and G.Price started watchfully in warm sunshine against the accurate attack of John Down and the evergreen Mike Sullivan.  Despite being waterlogged only two days before the Cannington pitch was in perfect batting order and Thomas soon began to open out.  Sullivan induced numerous edges and playing and missing but it was not his day and the stand was worth 81 when Thomas (53) unwisely tried a big drive at a leg cutter from Peter Reed (1-36) which plucked out his middle stump.  As often happens Price (26) was out almost immediately thanks to an electric run out by Matthew Ansell at square leg and then the return of Down (1-32) to the attack brought Doctors back into the game as he trapped Joe Bengry lbw to claim his 100th wicket for the team.  However after the drinks break the home side began to resemble England at Lords as their bowlers struggled to dismiss good batsmen on a flat wicket.  Alan Davies and Stuart Barrett took the bludgeon to good and bad balls alike and Doctors dropped three vital catches.  The score had risen to 193 when Davies (59) was run out by an excellent stop and direct hit by John Ansell at cover but Barrett continued to hit out until he finally paid the price and was caught at long off by Matt Ansell off Ali Witts.  Doctors young seamers Witts (1-24) and Matt Ansell (1-10) coped well with the pressure and both sides were reasonably pleased with the score at the halfway stage.

 

  The match was still evenly poised after an opening stand of 61 by Sullivan and David Williamson but the introduction of James Brown into the attack changed everything as his left arm away swingers accounted for Williamson (11) and then ripped through the top order.  Doctors’ batting line-up had been drastically weakened by the demands of the Jubilee bank holiday and its lack of depth was cruelly exposed by Brown (5-20) and Thomas.  Sullivan (56) played a virtual lone hand with some sparkling attacking shots until he was bowled through a tired shot by Thomas (2-7) and thereafter only Matt Ansell (16) provided any resistance as Bengry (1-1), Phil Brooke (1-5) and M.Phelan (1-9) polished off the tail.