Doctors lost to
Doctors 96 for 9
Unison 97 for 5
Doctors won the toss and chose first use of a very slow, damp strip. Chris Upham (2-16) showed the virtues of line and length and made early incisions, one via a sharp, one handed return catch. Nigel Osborne (1-17) was his usual parsimonious self and profited when Mike Sullivan played too early at a rare long hop and top edged the ball to midwicket. Doctors were forced to graft for runs but from the nadir of 20 for 3 David Gwynne Jones and Sam Powell gradually loosened the shackles in a stand of 36. Just as they were getting on top Gwynne Jones (26) played round a straight ball from the accurate Peter Izzard (2-18). Powell (18) won his personal competition with Sullivan to see who could get out to the worst ball when he hammered a short ball from Chris Rossiter (1-19) into the hands of P.Nourse at square leg. The lower order had to scramble runs where they could and Duncan Harvey ((2-14) profited from their excesses. The innings ended on a comic note when John Down and Peter Reed ran 5 from the final ball.
John Down and Mike
Sullivan bowled a fine opening spell in harness. Gary Stone drove and pulled Down (2-24) for
fours from successive balls but the bowler showed his character with his next
ball which shattered the stumps.
Sullivan bowled three overs for a wicket and three runs but Steve
Rybaruk and captain Tim Mander put together a pragmatic response full of
judicious driving and sharp singles until Steve Dorrett (1-14) parted them by
bowling Rybaruk (13) off his pads.
Mander (29) played an archetypal captain’s innings with good
support from Nourse (14) but when Mander was run out by keeper Dave
Rooke’s athletic swoop and throw to the bowler’s end the match
was in the balance. Twenty six were
needed from the last three overs but the dependable