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Doctors beat Spaxton by 24 runs


 

Doctors                       131 for 4

 

Spaxton                       107 for 8

 

  There was little excitement at the start of Doctors innings as Tom Woodhouse and Scot Bellinger bowled accurately on a very dry and bouncy Cannington wicket.  Sam Powell (11) began to open out but was bowled off an inside edge by Woodhouse (1-20) and David Williamson and Harry Lee had to graft for runs against Nigel Davey and Tom Bellinger.  Williamson’s determined innings of 22 ended when he was bowled by Davey (1-22) whereupon Lee and John Bishop increased the run rate with an array of attractive and inventive strokes, played without taking any undue risks.  Both batsmen retired, Lee on 31 and Bishop on 32 which left time for an attacking cameo from Richard Budd (10) who was the first of two late victims for Josh Butterfield (2-11).

 

  Powell’s quick and hostile bowling was well suited to the wicket and captured the wickets of Adrian Fisher and Gary Wales, the latter off a slower ball resulting in a cool catch by Richard Budd at deep square leg. Imogen Mann kept up the pressure at the other end with an excellent spell of accurate swing bowling and when she and Powell (2-10) came off the Spaxton middle order were in urgent need of quick runs against Charles Macadam and Peter Reed.  Butterfield (15) and Andrew Thomas (20) did what was necessary but the bowlers’ ploy of bowling straight and taking the pace off the ball paid dividends as both fell to Reed and Macadam (2-31) had Barry Dobson lbw and bowled Scot Bellinger off his thigh.  Davey and Woodhouse kept Spaxton in with a shout but when Davey (19) picked out Lee at deep midwicket off Reed (3-26) and Woodhouse (10) was stumped by Jeremy Budd off Oliver Budd (1-16) the game was up.  Tom Bellinger’s well-made 11 not out contained some good shots in a lost cause.