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Spaxton lost to Doctors by 7 wickets


 

Spaxton†††††††††† 106 for 6

 

Doctors†††††††††† 110 for 3

 

Spaxton chose to bat first but took a long time to get going after the early loss of Barry Dobson, run out by a direct hit from Andrew Paisley.Accurate spells from Sam Powell (1-12) and John Bishop (1-9) on a lively Spaxton track meant that only 25 runs were scored off the first 8 overs, and when Peter Reed had Adrian Fisher caught by keeper Dave Rooke off the back of his bat and Charles Macadam (1-20) induced a nick from Scott Bellinger to Reed at slip Spaxton had declined to 31 for 5.Keith Bellinger (11) hit a couple of well-timed pulls for four but then holed out to Phil Barker at mid off to become the 500th Bridgwater Doctors victim for Reed (2-13).The substance of Spaxtonís innings came from an excellent partnership between Josh Butterfield (33 n.o.) and James Venton (29 n.o.) which was full of spirited hitting and good running.

Doctorsí reply stuttered with the loss of David Williamson, well caught by Fisher at mid off from the bowling of Callum Laird (1-23), proceeded cautiously against hostile pace bowling from Laird and Chris Powell, and then blossomed as Keith Powell and James Murdoch opened up.Powell (17) was reprieved when the Spaxton team sportingly withdrew their appeal after he had been given run out by the umpire but, having played exactly the role his team needed, was bowled by a full toss from Butterfield (1-26).Scott Bellinger (1-18) bowled a tight spell which included the wicket of Bishop who top-edged a pull to Venton at midwicket, but Murdoch drove and pulled serenely until he retired on 31 not out.The task was expertly finished by Will Chandler (18 n.o.) and Sam Powell (14 n.o.) with just the right mix of shrewd running and big shots.