Match Reports




Doctors lost to Western Donkeys by 2 wickets


Doctors           146 for 7


Donkeys          147 for 8


    Doctors had first use of a slow but batsman-friendly wicket at Cannington and prospered thanks to their excellent openers Harry Lee and John Ogle who took on a very good visiting attack by rotating the strike and taking every available opportunity to find the boundary.  When Lee retired on 32 not out John Bishop (22) played his customary innings of audacious and brilliant strokes with its customary ending, bowled by A.Allen (1-21) attempting an outrageous ‘Dilscoop’ shot.  Richard Budd (18) provided an exhilarating cameo containing 4 cleanly struck fours but was then bowled by B.Curley (1-(1-21).  When Ogle retired on 30 not out the innings stalled as A.Belcher (2-10), J.Ahmed (1-11) and S.Capell (1-24) took wickets regularly to prevent any substantial partnerships.  Andrew Paisley (13 n.o.) and Phil Barker (11) made sure that the total reached par.


  Harry Lee (1-22) made an early breakthrough but a commanding innings from S.Green, with support from T.Court seized the initiative.  Court was bowled by Bishop (1-9)  bur S.Roberts (11) played aggressively until he was stumped by keeper Dave Rooke off Barker (1-6).  Green (31 n.o.) retired and Doctors took the chance to get back into the match as Peter Reed ran through the middle order. T.Dancey (17) hit out but when he was lbw attempting a reverse sweep against Reed (4-32) the match was evenly poised.  Lee effected a simple run out but S.Ahmed (28 n.o.) made the difference with elegant and wristy strokeplay and two sixes from Belcher (24 n.o.) sealed the win with 5 balls to spare.