Match Reports




Winsford lost to Doctors by 5 wickets


Winsford          79 for 9


Doctors            84 for 5


  Winsford were put in to bat on a green strip of variable bounce and Sam Powell (2-5) extracted life and movement off the seam to dismiss opener A.Williams thanks to a good catch by keeper David Williamson.  With the leg breaks of Graham Fergusson (2-12) biting and turning at the other end the home side nose dived to 14 for 4.  Opener A.Blackmore played a lone hand as Peter Reed and Oliver Budd (1-16) worked their way through the middle order thanks to a series of nonchalant catches by Richard Budd at mid off.  When Blackmore (24) clipped Reed (2-16) to the same fielder Winsford were in serious trouble and more excellent bowling from Phil Barker (1-17) and Keith Powell (1-9) maintained the pressure.  Helen Hayes (15 n.o.) gave the total respectability but received no support.


  Doctors made the game interesting by losing two quick wickets including the run out of John Ogle due to a calamitous misunderstanding with Rob Adcock.  Richard Budd (10) played fluently and hit one big six before top edging a repeat attempt off L.Webber (1-20) and Andrew Paisley was going well until he pulled a calf muscle and had to retire on 12 not out.  D.Phippen (1-14) caused another minor hiccup but some assured driving by Keith Powell and calm accumulation by Oliver Budd eased Doctors’ anxieties.  Powell (13) was bowled by A.Crispen (1-0) just before the end which allowed Sam Powell time to hit the winning runs with a six over midwicket.