Unison 115 all out
Doctors 116 for 3
Unison opted to bat in energy sapping heat and humidity and suffered early setbacks as Tim Mander unluckily played on and Martin Griffin was caught off a top edge from the dangerous John Down (2-23). Gary Stone and Mark Foster repaired the damage as Stone showed his class with good footwork and deft placement. Two wickets in two balls from Graham Fergusson (2-21) put Doctors back in the driving seat when Foster was well taken by keeper Dave Rooke who was standing up, and Duncan Harvey pulled his first ball straight into the hands of Sam Powell at deep midwicket. Powell (1-5) then bowled the spell of the match, his fast, late-swinging deliveries deserving more than his one wicket. With well flighted off breaks from Jeremy Budd (1-11) at the other end the flow of runs was reduced to a trickle and when Peter Reed (3-27) came on to bowl he was able to profit from the batsmen’s desperate need to accelerate. At last Stone found a robust partner in Nigel Roderick and their aggressive hitting put on 32 from the last 3 overs. Roderick (20) was bowled by Will Chandler (1-16) with the last ball of the match and Stone was left unbeaten for an excellent 49.
Keith Powell and
John Ogle began Doctors reply at a canter and their stand was worth 33 when
Powell (19), having played an exquisite cover drive from the previous ball,
chased a wide one from