Match Reports




Doctors beat Peninsula Medical School by 23 runs


Doctors            132 for 6


Goathurst         109 for 8


  Doctors chose to bat on a damp, grey evening and encountered problems with a soggy pitch and saturated, slow outfield.  It was almost impossible to find boundaries along the ground and John Ogle perished to a catch at square leg off Haigh (1-14) while attempting the aerial route.  Andrew Dodden was in imperious form but he and Robert Adcock had to rotate the strike and score in ones and twos.  Adcock (11) tried to force the pace and fell to a catch behind the wicket by Harry Lee off a full length ball from Dave Saunders (2-24).  Dodden was now in full flow and formed a powerful alliance with Keith Powell (13) who played responsibly until Ed Johnson found the edge of his bat and Lee took a stunning, diving catch.  Dodden had hit 2 sixes and 3 fours when he was obliged to retire on 41 not out and there was a temporary setback when the Lee/Saunders combination disposed of Sam Powell.  It was now raining hard and Ali Witts and Dave Rooke came together in a vital stand which pushed Doctors to an above-par total. Witts (17) was unlucky to get a ball from Johnson (2-24) which ‘stopped’ and found a top edge that went straight up in the air but Rooke hit the ball aggressively and ran hard to finish with 27 not out.

  The students made a terrible start as Robert Seymour (2-22) first lured Saunders out of his crease for Rooke to make an elegant stumping and then took a wicket with his next ball.  The combination of Seymour’s witchcraft and Sam Powell’s pace was vice-like and Sam Kenwood was the only top order player to show attacking intent.  When Kenwood (14) mistimed a drive off Powell (2-6) to Ogle at mid off and the bowler struck again in the same over the visitors were in trouble.  Andy Darch dropped anchor while Ed Johnson played his shots but Charles Macadam and Steve Witts bowled 8 overs without conceding a boundary and just as the batsmen were clawing P.M.S. back into the game Johnson (18) was bowled by Macadam (1-24) and Darch (13)  was bowled by Peter Reed.  There was a flicker of hope as Lee and Doug Johnson raised the scoring rate with carefree strokeplay and exuberant running but the asking rate was now above ten an over and when Lee (24) was lbw and Johnson (16) was bowled, both by slower balls from Reed (3-21) the end was nigh.  Richard Gower (14 n.o.) kept going to the end but the task was too great.