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Spaxton beat Doctors by 24 runs


 

Spaxton            175 for 4

 

Doctors            151 for 3

 

 

 

  First blood in the match went to Doctors as Sam Powell found the faintest of edges from Keith Bellinger’s bat and the batsman most creditably ‘walked’ without waiting for the umpire’s decision.   The next phase of the match definitely belonged to the home team as the broad bats of Dave Pople and Gary Meadows propelled the score along at eight an over and the total was 74 when Meadows (37) tamely chipped Peter Reed (1-33) to Sam Powell at mid off.  A tidy spell from Charles Macadam (1-11) was rewarded with the wicket of Andrew Jeanes, lbw, and Pople survived a very confident shout for a stumping by Graham Fergusson, but Richard Rowe’s aggressive 39 took the initiative back for Spaxton.  Rowe was eventually bowled by Sam Powell (2-29) who was the pick of Doctors’ bowlers but a rapid 12 not out from Tom Davies helped to push the Spaxton total to a daunting level.  Pople was undefeated for an excellently compiled 66.

 

  With short boundaries, a true wicket and a fast outfield Doctors felt that the total was by no means unreachable and Keith Powell and John Ogle set off in the required manner with 24 runs from the first 3 overs.  Scott Bellinger’s first over had come in for rough treatment but he came back strongly to have Powell (13) caught by Davies and finished with creditable figures of 1 for 22.  When Ogle (14) was bowled by a shooter from Wayne Pither (1-18) Doctors’ hopes rested on the third wicket partnership of Fergusson and James Murdoch.  For a while they were in command until Murdoch (12) was undone by a good ball from Ian Jeanes (1-11) which also kept a touch low.  Robert Adcock (14 n.o.) strove manfully to accelerate and the limping Fergusson (56 n.o.) played some glorious shots off one leg but he had too little of the strike and Doctors fell well short of their target.