Match Reports




Spaxton beat Bridgwater Doctors by 9 wickets

Doctors 127 for 7

Spaxton 128 for 1

Despite the loss of an early wicket to an inswinging yorker from Richard Gower (1-21) Doctors made a purposeful start and John Ogle and Graham Fergusson erected a solid platform with a stand of 30 at 7 runs per over. Harry Lee (1-24) bowled well and it was he who broke the partnership when Ogle (19) was well caught, low to his right at midwicket by Richard Rowe. Alan Dunkley (13) looked to be continuing his recent vein of good form but then smacked a good length ball from Joe Lee (1-25) straight to Harry Lee on the deep midwicket boundary. The key wicket of Fergusson fell to Ben Rich (3-16) who came on to bowl when the quest for acceleration was on and bowled fast and straight to good effect. Fergusson (39) miscued to the safe hands of Rowe and keeper Neil Richards capped an excellent display with two good catches. Rowe (1-21) contributed to the mini collapse and it was left to James Gass (14 n.o.) and Jeremy Budd (7 n.o.) to make the most of the last four overs and to post a respectable but below par total.

John Down led the attack with customary astringency but the breakthrough proved to be elusive as the Spaxton openers Rowe and James Venton survived a few early alarms and settled into a serene partnership of 37. Wicket keeper Gass took a very good catch off a bottom edged slash to dismiss Venton (13) off Down (1-17) but by now Rowe was well in, and with sound support from Harry Lee began to take the game away from the visitors. Both batsmen showed an impressive array of shots all round the wicket and they kept up with the required rate with the minimum of risks. When the target was reached with 7 balls in hand Rowe was unbeaten on 74 and Lee on 29.