Match Reports




Doctors beat Bridgwater Lawyers by 94 runs

Doctors            278 for 5


Lawyers           184 all out



  Doctors elected to bat at Cannington on a pitch freshened up by a pre-match downpour.  John Ogle (12) played some crisp shots but was undone by a top edged pull against James Mumford (1-41).  Mumford and David Chidgey bowled steadily without further luck as David Williamson and Keith Powell put 63, largely untroubled, runs until Powell (25) was bowled through the gate by Simon Brown (1-40).  Brown’s tidy spell had no further reward and James Murdoch joined Williamson in a delightful partnership of 75, full of flowing strokes on both sides of the wicket.  The Lawyers’ ground fielding was excellent throughout but they were wondering where the breakthrough would come from when Williamson, with his score on 99, walloped a wide long hop from Rob Parsons (1-30) straight into the hands of Kit Barrington at short extra cover.  Nigel Yeo (1-59) contributed a lively spell which gained just reward when Murdoch (38) edged an intended drive to Barrington, now at first slip.  Andrew Pawson (1-29) then took a valuable wicket as Harry Lee was well held by keeper D.Pawson standing up.  This brought together Graham Fergusson and Sam Powell who applied some violence to the last 6 overs in an unbeaten stand of 62.  Powell ended on 37 not out and Fergusson enhanced his impressive average with an unbeaten 42.


  The Lawyers began their reply at a canter despite fine opening bursts from Phil Barker and Joe Lee.  Barker bowled beautifully but it was not his day and it was Lee who struck first when John Barrington (10) top-edged him to keeper Fergusson.  Kit Barrington came in to join Malcolm Galloway in a dynamic stand of 104.  Galloway galloped on to 51 with a series of bold strokes but, having reached his half century, somewhat quixotically decided to retire.  Mumford came in and proceeded to play his shots and 132 for 2 the match was in the balance when Peter Reed (2-8) came on to bowl.  His second over swung the match as Barrington’s well crafted 41 was ended when he played over a slower ball which went on to hit leg stump, and Mumford (15) skied an attempted pull to Williamson, running back from slip.  Doug Johnson (1-18) bowled quick and straight and took a wicket with his first ball, thanks to a good catch by Barker at point.  Chidgey (23 n.o.) and Yeo (14) played attacking cameos but the end came soon as Keith Powell’s medium pace (2-17) and well-flighted off spin from Murdoch (3-1) polished off the lower order with aid from two fine stumpings by Fergusson.