Doctors 119 for 5
P.M.S. 90 all out
Doctors were inserted on a damp and slow wicket and made a sprightly start in the hands of Dave Rooke and John Ogle. Rooke (10) played one flashing on drive too many but Wayne Pither came in and pulled his first ball for a big six over midwicket. Both Ogle and Pither played some handsome shots but the ball was not coming on to the bat and the slow outfield and athletic student fielders restricted the scoring rate. Pither (21) broke the shackles with a four and another six but then top edged A.Chambers (2-33) to keeper T.Bourne. The PMS captain James Taylor (3-21) was the pick of the visiting bowlers and his introduction to the attack accounted for Ogle (22) and Graham Fergusson for an all too brief 10. The responsibility of guiding Doctors to a respectable total fell on Andrew Paisley and Andrew Jeanes and they rose to the challenge in splendid fashion with a flurry of late boundaries and some electric running. Paisley top scored with a well compiled 24 not out and Jeanes (12 n.o.) belted the last ball of the innings for four.
Last year’s encounter between these sides was a close-run, high scoring match and the target looked well within the visitors’ capacity but Pither’s opening spell of 3 for 20 rocked them back on their heels. Local boy Doug Johnson (16) used the long handle to good effect but sadly fell to Jeanes, caught off a thin edge by keeper Fergusson. Jeanes (1-13) was parsimony personified and Robert Seymour (1-13) produced a mesmeric spell of off spin, but it was Steve Witts (2-6) who put the match beyond the students’ reach when he bowled star batsman Taylor with his first ball. Eddy Anomelechi (24) and D.Morrell (18 n.o.) hit a collection of boundaries in a defiant seventh wicket stand until, in deepening gloom, Mike Smart (2-26) and Peter Reed (1-4) wrapped things up.