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British Telecom lost to Doctors by 7 wickets


 

Br. Telecom     116 for 8

 

Doctors            118 for 3

 

  Telecom chose to bat first and their innings never really recovered from a lively opening spell by Peter Reed (2-9) and Ralph Hammond who were pleased to find lavish seam movement from a green-tinged Civil Service Ground wicket in Taunton.  D.Rowarth (25 retired) and S.Edmonds restored some order with uncomplicated leg-side hitting until Edmonds (24) was bowled by the evergreen David Gwynne Jones (1-24) who was playing his first match since completing an arduous “iron man” event.  With Gwynne Jones bowling in tandem with Keith Powell the combined age of the bowling attack was an improbable 111 and Powell (1-17) celebrated with a peach of a ball to bowl C.Lewis and take his long-awaited 51st wicket for Doctors.  Steve Constable (30 n.o.) played the best innings for the home side but fine spells from Andrew Paisley, Phil Barker (2-7) and Andrew Rock (1-8) kept the total in check.  Doctors’ ground fielding was typified by a sharp run out by Powell, and Wayne Pither and Charles Macadam both took excellent catches diving forwards.

 

  Steve Kyte (1-17) exploited the helpful pitch well but Pither and Barker (11) took the attack to the bowlers and after 9 overs the score was on 62.  Barker’s innings of deft placement ended when he struck T.Bottomley (2-7) straight to Steve Constable at deep midwicket.  Pither continued to hit the ball with immense power and his innings of 30 (retired) contained three soaring straight sixes, one of which looked destined for a house window beyond long on until a tree branch prevented disaster.   From a position of strength Rock (25 retired), and Adrian Fisher (19 n.o.) were able to manoeuvre singles and the occasional boundary against accurate Telecom bowling.  Powell (12 n.o.) appeared late in the innings to apply the coup de grace with successive fours.