Doctors lost to Spaxton by 21 runs
Spaxton 137 for 5
Doctors 116 for 7
Both Spaxton and Doctors were depleted by the lure of a Twenty 20
The visitors got off to a super start thanks to Dave Pople and Darren Langlois who played fearless shots, some of which fell into the gaps but many of which found the boundary. Both retired unbeaten, Langlois on 44 and Pople on 40, and with the total on 90 for 0 after 11 overs Doctors were in trouble. Great credit was due to Dan Andison and Graham Fergusson who led a good fightback. Ian Jeanes clubbed a quick 15 until he was well caught at long on by Ogle off Fergusson (2-27) but wickets fell quickly in the search for quick runs with Andison returning impressive figures of 2 for 15 and Steve Witts (1-26) getting a deserved reward when Fergusson held a steepling catch running back at cover.
The Doctors reply began emphatically with Ogle and Keith Powell taking 11 from the second over but Powell (10) fell in the next over, top edging a hook off Ian Jeanes to Keith Bellinger at square leg. Two quick wickets to Jeanes (2-23) and Bellinger (1-25) reduced Doctors to 44 for 3 but a fine stand of 60 between Andison and Ogle restored parity. The home team were harbouring thoughts of an unlikely win when the batsmen were parted by a disastrous mix up. Ogle (44) at the non-strikers end seemed to be regaining his ground when the bowler Langlois retrieved a wayward return and flicked the ball backwards between his legs to break the wicket. Andison (21) soon followed when his powerful drive off Langlois (2-24) eluded the hands of Bellinger at long on but the batsman was mortified when the ball lodged between the fielder’s thighs. Ben Writmark (1-14) bowled well in the final overs and took the wicket of Jeremy Budd, well caught by James Venton in the gully.