Match Reports




Spaxton lost to Doctors by 19 runs


Doctors                       153 for 4


Spaxton                       134 for 3


  Doctors survived a hostile and accurate opening spell from Chris Powell and a wobble when John Ogle and Richard Budd ran themselves out by underestimating Dave Pople and James Venton respectively.  Keith Powell’s vital innings of 30 (retired) contained his customary mixture of aggression and stylish cover drives but when Graham Fergusson’ sweetly-struck pull a full toss from Rob Parish (1-29) found the safe hands of Scott Bellinger at deep midwicket Doctors were 68 for 4.  Will Chandler (19) played exactly the right innings for a number 4, rotaing the strike and punishing any bad balls until his defence was breached by an excellent ball from Bellinger (1-23) which moved off the seam.  Sam Powell took the game away from Spaxton with a blistering 30 (retired) off only 16 balls which contained three fours and two sixes, one of which smashed a tile on a distant roof beyond long on.  Andrew Paisley (32 n.o.) and Ed Johnson (13 n.o.) rammed home the advantage with an excellent stand full of hard hits and good running.


  Spaxton’s bright start was stymied by very good spells from Phil Barker (1-15) who lured G.Wales into a top edged pull, well caught by Budd running in from mid wicket, and Johnson (1-19) who bowled Barry Dobson (14).  Pople and Adrian Fisher came together in a partnership in which plenty of attacking shots were played and in which the ball never beat the bat but which never seemed to engage top gear.  Man of the match Sam Powell bowled three astringent overs for 11 runs.  Pople (27 n.o.) never gave a chance and Fisher (28 n.o.) survived 3 dropped catches but by the time they had both retired the required run rate had soared to 25 an over.  Cavalier innings of 29 not out by Bellinger and 17 not out by Mike Robins made the score respectable but by then it was too late.