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Doctors lost to Western Donkeys by 21 runs


 

Western Donkeys††††††† 146 for 5

 

Doctors††††††††††††††††††††††† 125 for 8

 

Western Donkeys were anything but asinine and somewhat to Doctorsí surprise turned out to have a team packed with quality batsmen and bowlers.

Graham Fergusson (1-16) opened the bowling in tandem with fellow wrist spinner Oliver Budd and for the first over all was quiet.Off the first three balls of the second over Robin DíSouza (16) stroked a lordly six and two fours but then fatally underestimated Budd (2-24), sauntered down the wicket and was well beaten by a sharply turning ball which left keeper Dave Rooke ample time for a neat stumping. The same combination accounted for Dancey, and fine bowling from both bowlers and a wicket for the miserly Fergusson (1-16) reduced the visitors to 32 for 3.That was as good as it got for Doctors as wristy placement from Anup (26, retired) and Ahmed (25 n.o.) was complemented by muscular aggression from Belcher (21) and Gary Morgan (25.no.).Matt House (2-33) bowled a good spell in mid-innings but the visitorsí boundary count and excellent running between the wickets led to an above-par total.

A zippy leg break from Morgan (1-12) found the leading edge of John Bishopís bat and another quick wicket for Roberts (1-12) had Doctors wobbling at 24 for 2.John Ogle and Andrew Paisley adopted an attacking strategy which repaired much of the damage and Doctors were back in the game when Stacey Caple bowled Paisley for 22.Ogle retired which left Fergusson (28 n.o.) to play a lone hand as Caple (2-24), Curley (2-13) and DíSouza (2-11) breezed through the middle and lower orders.The return of Ogle to extend his excellent innings to 33 not out came too late to give Doctors a chance.