Doctors 77 for 9
The match started in drizzle and finished in heavy rain and proved to
be equally depressing for Doctors who were thoroughly outplayed. The School’s bowling was opened by
leg spinner Simon Hogg (1-7) who had Alan Dunkley well stumped in his second
over. His partner A.Hallows (1-7) soon
flattened David Gwynne Jones’ stumps and aggressive cameos from Nick
Bray and Andrew Paisley were all too brief.
Even the normally assured Will Chandler looked scratchy to begin with
and was fortunate to escape a series of inside edges past the stumps. When Andrew Kennedy (3-9) bowled Dave Rooke
and Ralph Hammond with successive balls retrenchment was needed, but although
the batting order was potentially strong with batsmen all the way down to
number nine wickets kept on tumbling.
On a low, slow pitch crying out for the use of a straight bat
Doctors’ batsmen succumbed to a variety of unwise cross-batted shots
with M.Jolliffe (2-22) and M.Ward (1-16) being residual beneficiaries. At last
Sam Powell’s opening spell was impressive but without reward and Barnaby Dowling obtained his usual inswing despite having to cope with a sodden, greasy ball. Dowling (1-25) broke through when Gwynne Jones at square leg gathered in a steepling top edge and Peter Reed (1-13) and Phil Barker (1-14) came on and each took a wicket, the latter thanks to Nick Bray who held an even higher catch at mid on. The match was taken away from the visitors by a swashbuckling innings from M.Cooke (30 n.o.) who defied the conditions and smashed the ball straight and through the covers. The paucity of Doctors total soon became apparent and the School won with 3 overs to spare with Ward on 13 not out.