Match Reports




Doctors lost to Spaxton by 3 runs


Spaxton            110 for 7


Doctors            107 all out


  On a slow, difficult wicket of variable bounce Spaxton’s Wayne Pither (18) got his side off to an explosive start until he was bowled by a fine inswinger from Phil Barker (1-23).  Barker bowled well but without further luck and Sam Powell’s impeccable line and length commanded respect.  Powell yielded only 8 runs from 4 overs as Will Robbins anchored the innings and Chris Powell took on the aggressor role.  The total had reached 50 when Robbins (18) was bowled by a slower ball from Peter Reed (1-24) and for a while Powell and new batsman Anthony Trollope were content to rotate the strike with well taken singles.  The innings stalled when Graham Fergusson joined the attack and, in his first over, bowled Powell for an excellent 27.  In his next over Trollope (14) lofted the ball to mid off where Ralph Hammond covered 30 yards to take a fine running catch.  The Spaxton lower order kept the scoreboard ticking with singles but a wicket for Hammond (1-12) via an alert stumping by David Williamson and two more victims for Fergusson (4-19) restricted the visitors to a modest total.


  Matt House looked good at the start of Doctors’ reply until a big forward stride failed to save him from an lbw decision against Trollope (1-27).  Gary Meadows bowled a fine spell of full length swing bowling which made run scoring almost impossible but, having seen him off, Harry Lee and Will Chandler then compiled what should have been a match winning partnership of 54, full of elegant strokes and intelligent running.  Lee (34) was undone by a ball from Ian Jeanes (1-22) that “popped” off the wicket and took the shoulder of his bat but at 88 for 2 and needing 23 from the final 5 overs Doctors were cruising.  The turning point of the match was a horrible mix up over a second run between Chandler (31) and Dave Rooke and Meadow’s accurate throw from long off was enough to beat Chandler’s despairing dive.  In fast fading light this dismissal triggered a catastrophic collapse at the hands of Pither and Powell (2-16).  Pither took two wickets in two balls with rapid off cutters and Doctors’ hopes rested on the shoulders of Sam Powell.  When Powell (10) hit Pither (3-25) into the hands of the ubiquitous Meadows the game was still in the balance but the return of the pacey Jeanes in deep gloom left the batsmen groping for the ball and two more run outs sealed Spaxton’s fine come-back.