Match Reports




Doctors beat Spaxton by 11 runs

Doctors            135 for 7


Spaxton            124 for 5


  Doctors chose to bat first and were forced into circumspection by accurate spells from Scott Bellinger and Andrew Jeanes.  At last Keith Powell (24) was able to loosen the shackles with a series of sumptuous drives through cover and extra cover until over confidence got the better of him and he was bowled by Ian Jeanes (2-27).  The same bowler then snaffled the highly prized wicket of Graham Fergusson, caught by Rob Prescott at point and Doctors, in the persons of Alan Dunkley and David Gwynne Jones, had to regroup.  Gwynne Jones (14) was starting to open out when he top edged a skier to bowler Gary Meadows (1-20) to give just reward for a good spell, bowled despite a finger injury sustained taking a hard return stop.  Dunkley (35) was batting beautifully when he was most unluckily run out while backing up as non-striker, the ball hitting the boot of bowler Rob Adcock (1-28) and ricocheting onto the stumps.  Adcock’s flighted deliveries were rewarded with a deserved wicket and Prescott (2-28) bowled well at the end of the innings but a well struck 19 not out by Dave Rooke ensured a competitive final total.


  Mr Reliable, John Down (1-26) bowled with his usual economy and had a fascinating duel with his friend and rival Meadows (15).  The batsman was initially ascendant with two fours to third man but the bowler triumphed in the end thanks to a top edge which resulted in a high return catch.  Fergusson (2-19), flighting his leg breaks into the wind, made two vital breakthroughs and Spaxton were struggling at 20 for 3 but Dave Pople and Andrew Jeanes responded boldly to the crisis and began a controlled onslaught.  They had profited from a couple of dropped half-chances off the unlucky Steve Dorrett (1-34) and had added a priceless 72 runs when Pople (33) went for one big hit too many and lofted the ball to long off where Fergusson took a remarkable catch diving forward.  Ali Hewson bowled a match-winning containing spell but the match was finely balanced up to the last two overs as Prescott (25 n.o.) joined Jeanes in another electrifying stand.  A fine over from Hewson and Peter Reed’s long experience of “death” bowling made the game secure.  A neat stumping by James Gass off Reed (1-15) removed the excellent Jeanes (34) in the final over and capped a flawless wicketkeeping display.