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Hereford Doctors lost to Bridgwater Doctors by 19 runs


  Bridgwater Doctors                239 all out

 

  Hereford Doctors                   220 for 5

 

  Doctors won the toss and had no hesitation in choosing first use of a flat batting strip.  Sykes struck in his first over as Keith Powell unluckily played on off an inside edge but this was a false dawn for the fielding side with Graham Fergusson and David Gwynne Jones settling in for a big partnership.  Their styles were contrasting with Fergusson hitting his second ball for 6 and Gwynne Jones striking the ball hard but along the ground and at one stage taking 24 consecutive singles.  Fergusson’s majestic 108 contained 14 fours and 5 sixes and over thirteen consecutive years touring with Doctors his batting average is 91.  The stand was worth 172 when Fergusson ran himself out and Gwynne Jones soon followed him, caught off the deserving Dan Simpkins (1-36) for an invaluable 52.  The punishment for the Hereford bowlers had not finished as Dan Jones (30) and Sam Powell (21) blasted stylish cameos.  Again both partners departed in quick succession, bowled by Sykes and J.Rivett (1-18) respectively and thereupon Doctors lower order seemed to feel that they had enough runs as Sykes (4-39) and Peter Richards (2-32) profited from a rash of over-exuberant strokes.  From 235 for 5 the innings subsided to 239 all out.

 

  By the start of Doctors innings there was steady drizzle and the bowlers’ footholds became treacherous.  John Down made light of the difficulties with a wicket from the innings’ first ball, well caught low down by keeper Dave Rooke.  Down and Sam Powell put a stranglehold on the Hereford batsmen and only 34 runs came from the first 12 overs.  Peter Reed and Jones kept the lid on and with only 82 on the board after 22 overs the pressure on the home side was immense.  Simpkins (19) was bowled by Jones (1-32) before there was some belated aggression from Matt Aubrey and Richards in a good stand of 76.  It was only a matter of time before one of the aerial shots went to hand and James Powell (2-47) was the man to do the trick as Richards (40) was held by Down at short midwicket and Aubrey (89) was taken by Fergusson in the covers.  Jeremy Budd bowled a controlled spell of off spin and despite enterprising stroke play from J.Lee (30 n.o.) and Rivett (15 n.o.) the Hereford side fell well short of the required total.