Doctors lost to Taunton School Staff by 68 runs
Weather: Overcast but dry, rain threatening
8 Taunton School staff arrived at Cannington at the appointed time to be greeted by only 7 members of BDCC’s penumbra, 3 others having need of their spectacles had gone to the wrong venue, and the skipper reported himself stuck in traffic. Tom Guppy, it has to be said, had travelled all the way from Denmark to be with us, and was probably a Club record commute.
Their skipper Alistair Hallows won the toss and elected to have a bat. It is worth recording that all their batsmen were in fine form, even the ever-green Simon Hogg (now retired) and despite some accurate overs from Steve King and Tom Adcock, the only question being asked with some regularity was whether the ball was actually landing within or beyond the boundary. One formidable blow from Mr Khan rattled the back door of the adjacent bungalow on the long-on boundary. Some testing overs from Sedge, Charles Macadam and Sam Powell helped a little in stemming the runs, but after their 18 overs they had reached a formidable total of 152 – 2.
Unlike BDCC the Staff held every single one of the catches they were offered including a stunner to backward square leg to dismiss Chris Cullum when he was looking good on 17. Rob Adcock ran out of steam and ran himself out, and Tom Adcock reached a patient 18. Jeremy Minchin was skittled by one that kept low, and John Ogle again holed out to long-on who never looked like dropping it. Andrew Paisley contributed some fine shots in his 19 not-out as the tail wagged in fading light. Alas, despite the best efforts BDCC were outplayed and could only muster a total of 84 – 7. Shortly afterwards the rain came in.
Thanks to Tom Guppy for packing the kit (one RH pair of gloves and one LH box recorded missing) and to Charles Macadam for taking the collection.