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Bridgwater CC Midweek XI lost to Doctors by 6 wickets


Bridgwater Midweek XI           115 for 4

 

Doctors                                    118 for 4

 

  Doctors’ cricketing senior citizens took on a very youthful Bridgwater team at the Parks and were asked to field first.  John Down (1-6) made an immediate impact with a wicket from his first ball but Nathan Barnard and Mark Troman settled into a productive stand of 58 for the second wicket, countering the swinging ball well and making good use of the even bounce and fast outfield.  Troman (18) was the first to accelerate, advancing down the wicket to drive Peter Reed (1-22), but then tried the same shot again and was bowled.  Tom Hopkins bowled a good spell but Barnard was unfazed and found a durable ally in M.Windsor.  Mike Sullivan, who as youth cricket coordinator for Bridgwater coaches many of the Midweek side, came on to bowl at his protégés and was treated with appropriate respect but Barnard began to pepper the leg side boundary and brought up a well deserved fifty with a glorious six over mid on off Jeremy Budd (1-29).  The next ball was courageously flighted and slower and the bowler was avenged as Barnard (56) was bowled going for another big shot.  There was time for a short spell of tight leg breaks from Graham Fergusson (1-15) before the innings closed with Windsor undefeated on 12.

 

  Doctors’ openers were given a torrid time by A.Halleran (1-8) and P.Skidmore (1-22) with both bowlers swinging the ball at pace and after 50 balls the score stood on 26 for 2.  John Ogle (13) survived the onslaught but then skied a top edge to the keeper off A.Skidmore (1-19) who was getting prodigious turn from his off breaks.  Fergusson came in to replace him and played with his usual authority and the score began to catch up with the required rate.  The introduction of Barnard (1-23) to the attack brought a crucial wicket set up by an inswinger followed by a perfect outswinger that Fergusson (26) could only edge to keeper Stuart Standerwick.  Phil Barker, having hit his first ball for four, had played watchfully until now and as the light faded fast the new batsman Dave Rooke could hardly lay a bat on his first few balls, but with 57 required off the last 36 balls the need for runs galvanised both players into action.  The ball began to fly off the middle and the edges of their bats and there was some furious running between the wickets.  The equation came down to 16 from the last 8 balls and the match was effectively decided by a soaring Barker six over cover off a no ball.  The issue was not however concluded until the penultimate ball when Rooke punched another four through mid off.  Doctors’ heroes were both unbeaten, Rooke on 29 and Barker on 34.