Match Reports




Doctors beat Spaxton by 6 wickets


Spaxton           103 for 9


Doctors           107 for 4



   The omens for Spaxton were not good when the first ball of the match from Sam Powell bit into the soft Cannington wicket, cut in and struck the top of Adrian Fisher’s off stump.  Jack Rich and Gary Wales adapted well to the slow pitch and counter-attacked so that after 7 overs the score was 43 for 1.  This was as good as it got as another off break from Powell (2-13) bowled Rich (19) and started an avalanche of wickets.  The Spaxton middle order’s tactic of advancing down the wicket to Pater Reed (2-16) and Andrew Paisley (2-13) proved to be suicidal as Graham Fergusson picked up 3 sharp stumpings and had another ruled out.  Wales had retired but more quick wickets for Charles Macadam (1-10) and Keith Powell (2-16), who bowled admirably full and straight, meant that he was soon recalled to the crease.  Young batsmen Tom Bellinger and Harry Fisher played well and ensured that their team passed the hundred mark and when the overs ran out Fisher was 7 not out and Wales 40 not out.

  Doctors used 7 bowlers who all took the pace off the ball and bowled a full length.  Spaxton opted for quicker bowlers and a shorter length. There was also a contrasting start to the innings as Harry Lee pulled the first ball for 6.  As usual Lee oozed class and was in total control until he retired on 30 not out.  Things were not quite as calm at the other end as Rod Parish (1-28) adopted the slower, fuller method and was rewarded with a wicket and Nick Smyth hit a good cover drive straight to Scott Bellinger and was left stranded when sent back by Lee.  Rich was the pick of the Spaxton bowlers and was the only one to get the ball to lift but even he bowled too short and he was capably resisted by Keith Powell (20) and Andrew Paisley.  Powell’s excellent, combative knock was ended by a top edged pull off Keith Bellinger (1-6) and Paisley (16) was lbw to a flighted delivery from leg spinner Tom Bellinger (1-17) but by then Doctors were well on top.  Despite the increasing gloom a volley of four boundaries from Fergusson (26 n.o.) applied the coup de grace with 3 overs to spare.