Winsford lost to Doctors by 4 wickets
Winsford 71 for 5
Doctors 72 for 6
Both teams showed considerable fortitude as steady rain fell throughout the match on the picturesque Winsford ground.
Winsford batted first and lost an early wicket as Andrew Paisley’s smart return from midwicket to keeper David Williamson comfortably ran out opener J.Richards. Sam Powell, operating off a short run up in the slippery conditions, clean bowled the other opener R.Binding in a super spell of fast line and length bowling and finished with 1 wicket for 8 runs from 4 overs. Fred Hayes played one audacious reverse- batted deflection off Powell but succumbed to the wrist spin of Oliver Budd (1-18) and D.Bowley was bowled attempting a cross-batted shot to ease the pressure exerted by Mike Smart (1-16). Winsford was indebted to A.Neal for a patient knock of 29 not out which provided the backbone of the innings. A.Blackmore’s aggressive cameo of 12 was ended by a top edge off Peter Reed (1-9) which was well taken by Harry Lee at square leg.
Lee began Doctors’ reply with a quickfire innings of 24 including a pulled six into the adjoining river which was only ended when he was caught off Bowley (1-22) in the sixth over. D.Phippen (1-13) took another wicket and suddenly runs were hard to come by. John Ogle had played supporter to Lee but now
became the senior partner in a vital
stand with Williamson. The lush grass
and sodden outfield meant that boundaries were scarce but good placement and
intelligent running inched Doctors towards their target. Ogle (17) fell to C.Morgan (1-13) and