Match Reports




Doctors beat Bridgwater Solicitors by 65 runs


Doctors           217 for 6


Solicitors          152 all out


  Doctors were put in to bat and made a cautious start in humid conditions and on a Cannington pitch that permitted swing and movement off the seam.  Only 8 runs came from the first 5 overs as Nigel Yeo and Daniel Pawson exploited the conditions well and the score had moved on to 35 in the 10th over when Jeremy Budd (11) was deceived by a clever slower ball from Pawson (1-45).  Simon Brown (2-17) came into the attack and his nagging accuracy was rewarded with two quick wickets but by then Keith Powell was into his stride and was battering the boundary with characteristic cover and straight drives.  He brought up his 50 with a straight driven six and was motoring inexorably towards a century when heavy rain drove the players into the pavilion.  The rain caused the match to be shortened to 35 overs per side and on the resumption the Solicitors got a much-needed breakthrough as Powell (67) hit the second ball from Chris Ansell (2-31) straight to Yeo at point and in the same over Andrew Dodden was caught by wicketkeeper Ian Denley.   Sam Powell and Phil Barker then played with great good sense in a stand of 50 for the 5th wicket until Barker’s innings of 21 was ended by a catch by Ansell off the returning Yeo (1-33).  Powell then farmed the strike intelligently and hit some blistering boundaries to finish on 70 not out.  Keith Powell’s yelp when Sam was the beneficiary of 2 overthrows was partly parental pride and partly mortification as his son passed his own total.


  A brilliant pick up and lightening throw from Dodden at midwicket accounted for Denley and put the Solicitors on the back foot and another astringent opening spell from Phil Barker and Peter Reed sent the required run rate spiralling upwards.  John Sherwin (20) tried to break the shackles with some success until he was the victim of a super, left-handed reflex catch by Richard Lee at slip off the bowling of Barker (1-19).  Julian Browning and Kit Barrington did some repair work in a stand worth 30 but Browning (21) was bowled by Sam Powell (1-6) and Barrington (13) soon followed well caught off a top edge by keeper Graham Fergusson to give Dodden (1-20) a well deserved wicket.  The slide was now on as the ageless Lee (1-20) accepted a caught and bowled chance from Parsons to record his 50th wicket for Doctors.  Mike Smart (1-39) then accounted for Ed Boyce and Daniel Pawson was beaten in the flight by Richard Budd (1-35) and was expertly stumped by Fergusson.  Andrew Pawson had witnessed the mayhem from the non-striker’s end while playing a valiant lone hand.  He eventually found support from Brown by now it was too late and their lusty hitting was in vain.  The belated appearance of captain Jeremy Budd (3-13) wrapped up the innings as Pawson (42) top edged to slip, Ansell skied to Dodden at midwicket and Brown (12) was lbw.