Match Reports




Doctors lost to Little Yeovilton by 9 wickets

Doctors 124 for 6

Little Yeovilton 125 for 1

Doctors fielded a weakened batting line-up for this match and were in some trepidation when they were put in to bat. Openers Graham Fergusson and Phil Barker eased the anxiety with a splendid partnership of 82 for the first wicket on a fine Wembdon batting surface. Eschewing all risk at first they took their singles well and then steadily increased the tempo with a flurry of boundaries. Barker was first to go, caught off P.Spendsblack (1-15) but Fergusson (78) merely accelerated again until in the 17th over he edged the persevering Lee Tucker to keeper Chris Allcock. Sadly no one else could keep up the initiative and only 5 runs accrued from the last 4 overs amid a shower of wickets to Lee (3-30) and B.Barnwell (2-21).

The Little Yeovilton batsmen soon showed how good the wicket was with 40 runs in the first 6 overs. Mark Trueman (1-21) had broken through in the third over but Barnwell and Allcock settled on a policy of counter attack which paid rapid dividends. Early on Barnwell (67 n.o.) escaped twice, dropped at mid on and given not out to a seemingly clear stumping, but with increasing confidence he began to drive on the up and with Allcock (47 n.o.) sweeping good length balls off middle stump the total rose inexorably. Doctors rotated their bowlers but were unable to stem the tide and the target was reached with 3 overs in hand.