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Western Donkeys beat Doctors by 48 runs


 

Western Donkeys††††††† 150 for 5

 

Doctors†††††††††† †††† †††††† 102 all out

 

After their first four matches of the season were cancelled because of wet wickets Doctors found themselves on a plastic pitch, buffeted by a chill wind and facing a high quality team from Weston-Super-Mare Cricket Club.At first things went well as Imogen Mannís fine opening spell was rewarded with two wickets at the cost of only 8 runs. Phil Barker (1-22) leant solid support.Keeper Graham Fergusson had effected a fortuitous stumping and then took a fine catch standing up to Barkerís bowling.S.Ahmedís cultured strokeplay and A. Allenís rustic methodology turned the match around in a stand of 60 which was only ended when both retired on 30 not out.Two wickets for Andrew Paisley (2-27) provided a temporary check but a blistering 32 (retired) from S.Curley and 14 runs from R.Crocker posted a daunting total.

 

The visitorsí reply began badly when Fergusson was bowled by Crocker (1-16) for 0.Harry Lee and John Ogle played comfortably without ever quite timing the ball on the artificial strip.Lee (13) fell to a fine running catch by S.Ahmed on the distant midwicket boundary off the bowling of B.Curley (1-14) and Ogle (23) blasted a full toss from J.Ahmed (1-6) which nestled into the bowlerís midriff.Tom Guppy and Ed Johnson took the attack to the bowlers and were getting Doctors back on terms when Guppy (11) was stumped off T.Dancey (1-20).When Allen (1-15) had Sam Powell (11) caught by Curley at long off Johnson was left to play a lone hand.He was eventually caught off W.Huxtable (1-7) and then S.Ahmed (4-5) capped a fine performance by running through the lower order.