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Spaxton beat Doctors by 9 wickets


Doctors            147 for 6

 

Spaxton            150 for 1

 

 

 

  Doctors chose to bat on a typically fast, bouncy Spaxton wicket but their batting lacked much of its usual lustre as Wayne Pither (2-22) made good use of the conditions with a rapid opening spell.  Richard Gower (1-15) was a more than able foil and it was he who exploited some unusual hesitancy from Graham Fergusson (10), bowled stepping away to leg.  The visitors were grateful to Justin Pepperell for a forthright 26 and to Alan Dunkley for a masterful innings of skilful placement and good running.  A merited wicket for Andrew Jeanes (1-29) brought in Will Chandler and he and Dunkley were building a substantial partnership until a fatal hesitation over a second run left Chandler (13) inches short of the crease when a radar-guided return from Guy Richards arrived at the stumps.  A good catch from Jeanes at short mid off from the bowling of Scott Bellinger (1-38) accounted for Dunkley (43) at a crucial stage but a late cameo from Harry Lee (14 n.o.) pushed the total to a respectable level.

 

  Spaxton’s Richard Rowe and Keith Bellinger made a brisk start and some kamikaze running and an occasional streaky shot kept Doctors’ fielders and bowlers on their toes, but when they settled in the picture changed.  Like their batsmen the visiting bowlers seemed to be lacking sharpness and Bellinger in particular began to find the short leg side boundary with some brutal pulls.  Rowe retired on 42 having given an exhibition of high class on driving and a sharp stumping by Fergusson off Jeremy Budd (1-28) gave Doctors their solitary success.  This brought in Jeanes to blast an uncompromising 22 not out and with Bellinger (56 n.o.) completing a well-deserved half century Spaxton’s comprehensive win came with an over to spare.