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Doctors beat Spaxton by 7 wickets


 

Spaxton            111 for 6

 

Doctors            117 for 3

 

  Spaxton won the toss and made an excellent start with a partnership of 60 in 9 overs as Mike Robbins creamed the ball through extra cover and Ian Jeanes pulled powerfully to midwicket.  Change bowlers Phil Barker and Robert Seymour put a stop to the frivolities as the batsmen struggled to get the ball away on a damp, slow Cannington track.  Robbins retired for a classy 32 not out and Jeanes (29) was caught at cover by Ed Johnson off Seymour (1-13).  Barker (2-16) lured Andrew Jeanes into an indiscrete lofted drive, very well held by Richard Budd at long on and then trapped Luke Hawkins lbw.  Thereafter the innings fell away to the contrasting combination of sharp pace from Simon Hicks (1-6) and Peter Reed’s slow medium pace.  Reed (2-18) was aided by another good catch from Johnson at cover and a comfortable stumping by Graham Fergusson.

  Doctors’ openers Fergusson and David Williamson put together a solid start at five an over against a good spell from Callum Laird and hostile and accurate bowling by Gary Meadows.  Williamson played the anchor role as Fergusson (30 n.o.) showed off his rifled straight driving and pulling.  When Fergusson retired there was time for one glorious pulled six from Sam Puddy followed by a steepling top edge which led to a fine, over-the-shoulder catch by Ian Jeanes off the bowling of Hawkins (1-23).  Jeanes came on to bowl and his accuracy and speed in fading light, plus the run out of Budd, caused Doctors to fall behind the required run rate.  Ralph Hammond joined Williamson and his positive strokeplay was just what was needed.  Williamson upped his tempo and their aggressive running put pressure on the fielders.  An exhausted Williamson was finally run out for an invaluable 28 and Keith Bellinger bowled a tight and canny 18th over but Hammond had found a likeminded partner in Barker and the target was whittled down to 12 from the final two overs.  Hammond struck a crucial boundary over the head of extra cover to crown a match-winning innings of 23 not out and Barker (12 n.o.) finished the match in style with a soaring straight six.