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St Martins lost to Doctors by 51 runs


 

Doctors           179 for 7

 

St Martins       128 all out

 

  St Martins’ opening bowler James Morton (2-21) made early inroads with 2 wickets, including that of Charles Macadam which was obtained by a novel interpretation of the lbw law.  Graham Fergusson and Harry Lee made good the damage with an excellent partnership of 54 during which the spectators spent much of the time searching for balls lost over the boundary.  Fergusson was trapped lbw by T.Goddard (1-29) but Lee continued in fine form until he retired on 51.  There followed a short hiatus in which Doctors lost 3 wickets to J.Smith (2-41) and a suicidal run out but Doug Johnson (44) and Phil Barker (17 n.o.) staged a glorious finale of six hitting and more lost balls.

  Father and son Jeremy and Oliver Budd bowled fine spells of contrasting spin bowling without getting the rewards they deserved.  Goddard’s patient knock of 22 was ended by a good diving catch by Barker at mid on off Reed (3-11) and the same bowler, having spurned two caught and bowled chances off J.Pee (11) finally nailed his middle stump.  An excellent spell of medium pace from Joe Lee (2-21) yielded two clean bowled victims to reduce St Martins to 62 for 5.  J.Haggarty (19) stopped the rot for a while until he became the first of two victims to Macadam (2-16) thanks to a brilliant reflex catch by keeper Fergusson.  A wicket for Richard Budd (1-30) aided by a Fergusson stumping and a cool run out by Joe Lee put the home side in deep trouble and a highly entertaining last wicket stand between Morton and Chris Alcock (18 n.o.) was only good for consolation.  Barker (0-1) ended the fun when his first ball bowled Morton for 18.