Match Reports




Doctors beat Bath & Wells Clergy by 6 wickets

Clergy 108 for 5


Doctors            114 for 4



  The Clergy team chose to bat and started briskly as David Williamson and S.Read took 11 from Graham Fergusson’s first over.  The innings soon hit a wall when Fergusson (1-16) took revenge with a sharp, low caught and bowled to dismiss Read.  John Down should have already claimed his wicket but the ball that bowled him off his pads was a no-ball.  This so annoyed the bowler that he determined to give the batsmen nothing and only conceded 2 further runs from his next three overs.  Williamson (11) and P.Peterson (16) did their utmost to raise the tempo until both fell at the hands of Harry Lee (1-1), the former lbw and the latter unwisely taking on Lee’s arm in the covers.  The middle of the innings stagnated as Mike Smart (1-14) bowled a testing and accurate spell and took a wicket thanks to a brave diving catch by Fergusson at short midwicket.  The Clergy were rescued from a miserable score by a swashbuckling innings from Keith Powell.  Initially he was unable to lay bat on ball but suddenly everything clicked and the last 4 overs yielded 41 runs as Powell flayed 8 fours and a six with his powerful bottom hand.  He was finally bowled by the last ball of the innings from Peter Reed (1-35) for a richly deserved 51.


  Sam Powell (2-20) bowled a particularly good spell at the start of Doctor’s reply and when James Murdoch fell to a low diving catch by Williamson off D.Spear (1-29) they were struggling at 17 for 3.  This was as god as it got for the ecclesiastical team as Fergusson was joined by Lee.  Nothing dramatic happened at first as they played themselves in but then the fireworks started.  Lee was happy to play the anchor role as Fergusson raced to fifty in 49 minutes off 41 balls.  The critical moment of the match came when he hit a soaring pull shot to deepest midwicket.  Keith Powell took a brilliant catch with the ball coming at him out of the blinding sun but in doing so stepped back over the boundary to concede 6 runs.  When C.Turner (1-21) bowled Lee the Doctors had no need of the usual heroics from the incoming batsman Phil Barker who was content to provide sensible support.  In no time the game was over and there was no doubt who was man-of-the- match.  Fergusson’s unbeaten 80 contained 12 fours and 2 sixes.