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Spaxton beat Doctors by 6 wickets

 

Doctors            132 for 5

 

Spaxton            133 for 4

 

  Spaxton’s young side, whose average age must have been half that of their opponents, showed scant respect for their elders in inflicting a heavy defeat.  Their opening bowlers Scott Laird and Neil Peek were hostile and hard to get away despite a hard, true pitch.  Laird (1-9) made an early breakthrough and Ian Hooper’s aggressive cameo of 11 was ended when he was bowled by Peek (1-10).  Robert Seymour (1-6) came on to bowl and his good length bowling was rewarded in bizarre fashion when Adrian Fisher, going back to cut a full length ball clipped his off bail with his bat.  This paired Phil Barker and James Murdoch who provided the backbone of Doctors’ innings with a partnership full of flowing strokes and scintillating running.  Barker (43) pushed the limits too far and was run out but Murdoch (50) continued to dominate until he was well caught by Gary Diemart at deep extra cover off Darren Langlois (1-1).  Before the innings closed there was just time for Rob Adcock to call his partner Charles Macadam for a homicidal single which led to his run out without facing a ball.

 

  Langlois and Dave Pople opened for the home side and settled into a comfort zone of easy singles and a sprinkling of fours.  They had put on 50 from the first 7 overs when Langlois (28) was deceived by the loping stride and fast arm of Murdoch and was run out going for an ambitious second run.  This prompted Pople (52) to unleash an array of attacking drives.  The chief victim of his onslaught, Peter Reed (1-43) eventually dismissed him to a sharp catch by Barker at cover but Wayne Pither then came in to hit two fours and a six from his first three balls.   Skipper Jeremy Budd reined in the scoring and Macadam (2-17) bowled Pither (16) through a big heave and then trapped Diemart lbw.  Dan Rich (18 n.o.) had batted calmly though this turmoil and steered Spaxton to a comfortable win with 4 overs to spare.

 

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