Match Reports




Bridgwater Doctors beat South West Pharmaceuticals by 100 runs

Doctors 203 for 3

Pharmaceuticals 103 all out

Neil Harris and Tom Hopkins (1-8) formed a very quick and hostile opening attack and when John Ogle chased a ball from Hopkins that would have been called a wide and edged it to the keeper Doctors were 8 for 1. David Gwynne Jones and Gary Meadows weathered the storm and when the change bowlers came on began to tuck in to the easier fare. The next 15 overs were a story of terrible carnage as they put on a record partnership of 146 for Doctors second wicket in a 20 overs match. The visitors vainly rotated nine bowlers until at last Meadows (64) blasted Simon McKenna to Harris at cover. Harry Lee (11) hit out in the team’s cause and sacrificed his wicket to the persevering McKenna (2-28) in similar fashion, but Gwynne Jones majestic 87 not out steered Doctors to a record total in an evening match.

The visitors faint hopes of victory rested firmly on the shoulders of Graham Fergusson who they had "poached" from their opponents for this game. John Down had other ideas and steamed in to have Fergusson caught at short midwicket – off a no ball. The next ball was pitched up and invited the drive which, alas for Pharmaceuticals, went straight into the hands of Mike Smart at mid on. Another wicket for the rampant Down (2-9), a run out by Lee at point, and a strike by Smart (1-24) had the visitors rocking. Skipper Harris stemmed the tide with a series of cracking cover drives and pulls and with support from Hopkins took the score to 84. Harris hit Jonathan Down (1-33) for a six and a four from successive balls but the young bowler kept his cool and produced a perfect ball which Harris (53) could only steer it to Lee at midwicket. A cool run out by Meadows and a fine, diving caught and bowled by Ian Stansfield (1-6) hastened the end, which was clinically administered by Michael Harrichand. A good catch by Smart and the customary pair of catches by Alan Dunkley at slip gave Harrichand the excellent figures of 3 for 7 in 10 balls.