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Doctors beat Bath & Wells Clergy by 8 wickets


Clergy 95 for 6

 

Doctors            96 for 2

 

  The Clergy won the toss and must have wished they hadn’t as John Down got to work on a desperately slow pitch but one that allowed just enough lateral movement.  Down’s impeccable opening spell of 3 overs 3 for 3 was all the more notable as the batsmen were all bowled and the only runs scored were from no balls.  When Steve Witts (12-1) chipped in with another wicket, also clean bowled, the visitors were reeling at 38 for 4.  Rob Graham had watched helplessly from the non strikers end but now he stepped into the breach with able support from T.Bowman.  Runs were still hard to come by but both batsmen improvised well and dispatched the occasional bad ball and it was almost entirely due to their efforts that their team posted a respectable score.  Bowman (26) was run out in the penultimate over when he was sent back after trying a non-existent run to Alan Dunkley at cover.  Graham (37) stayed to the end, finally perishing to the last ball of the innings when Phil Barker 1-22) bowled him attempting a big finale.

 

  David Gwynne Jones blasted a four from the first ball of Doctors’ reply but only lasted two more balls before being well run out by Keith Powell’s direct hit from square leg.  This brought in Graham Fergusson for his first innings of the season in partnership with Dunkley.  Bowman bowled well and demanded respect but Fergusson (35) as usual took the attack to the other bowlers and the score had rattled along to 65 when he seemed to get bored and casually lofted Graham (1-26) to long off.  Dunkley (33 n.o.) had played a supporting role until then but Fergusson’s departure brought him out of his shell and he and Harry Lee (16 n.o.) made light work of the remaining task with an array of cultured shots.