Match Reports




Doctors beat Bath & Wells Clergy by 24 runs

Doctors            130 for 7


Clergy 106 for 9



  The Clergy put Doctors in to bat and made early inroads thanks to A.Moore (1-21) and N.Corbin (1-20).  David Gwynne Jones, in his first innings of the season, had the scoreboard rattling along in a brisk innings of 24 punctuated with trademark clubbing pull strokes until a top edge off Andrew Spear (2-26) looped up to keeper D.Walrond.  This brought in veteran Jeremy Budd to join Andrew Dodden who was playing his first match for Doctors.  Youth and experience blended well with Dodden’s style and technique complemented perfectly by Budd’s handsome driving on both sides of the wicket.  The pick of the clergy bowling came from P.Winks’ looping off breaks and he broke the partnership when Dodden (24) nicked the ball to the keeper.  Further wickets fell to Winks (2-12) and B.Toseland (1-18) as Doctors pressed for quick runs but Budd (34 n.o.) remained to the end and his majestic strokeplay ensured his side a competitive total.


  A most unusual event occurred from the first ball of the Clergy innings when John Down was hit for 4 by Walrond.  Normal service was soon resumed as Down settled into miserly mode and Steve Witts bowled a thoughtful and probing spell from the other end.  Witts (1-11) cleverly changed his angle of approach and was rewarded with the wicket of Chris Turner, clean bowled but Walrond and S.Reed took the score on to 44 for 1.  Their stand was ended when Dodden and Budd formed another partnership, this time with the ball, and Reed (19) was well caught by keeper Dave Rooke off Budd and Walrond (14) fell lbw to Dodden (1-20).  Budd (2-24) then confirmed his status as man of the match by capturing the prized wicket of Keith Powell who was plumb lbw.  Two quick wickets for Peter Reed (2-24) had the Clergy reeling at 60 for 6 but the complexion of the match was changed by Moore who gave his side a glimpse of victory with a fearless exhibition of clean hitting.  With 28 needed off 16 balls Moore (37) was undone by his desire to keep the strike and was run out by 10 yards by alert fielding by the bowler Dodden.  Tail end wickets were plundered by the incisive Gwynne Jones (2-2) and the Clergy eventually fell well short.