Match Reports




Bridgwater Doctors lost to Musgrove Park Hospital by 8 wickets

Doctors 138 all out

Musgrove Park 141 for 2

Doctors frittered away the advantage of winning the toss as their first three batsmen threw away their wickets with careless shots to Kumar (2-10) and Ru MacDonagh ((1-15). Andrew Paisley (22) and John Ogle (22) played handsomely and took the total to 75 for 3 whereupon both fell to caught and bowled chances to Julian Webster (1-13) and Simon Ogilvie (1-18), the latter a sharp catch, well taken by the pick of the hospital bowlers. The scoring rate then changed from rapid to supercharged as Graham Fergusson got to work in familiar style, his 49 containing only five singles. His demolition act was ended when, attempting a comfortable-looking second run, his bat stuck in a divot hole when he was running it in and threw him off balance, leaving him fractionally short of his ground. Phil Barker (10) had already been run out going for an impossible single on Fergusson’s call and the rest of the batting subsided lamely to Alan Dunkley (2-8) and Biggs (1-21).

The Hospital made a careful reply as Sam Powell (1-16) made an early breakthrough and he and John Down commanded their customary respect. Once they had been taken off the second wicket pair of Dunkley and Jones batted with great good sense, looking to score off every ball but taking no risks and running like hares between the wickets. Their stand was worth 92 when Jones (36) was well stumped by Brian Buckhurst off Paisley (1-20). With 43 still needed at 7 an over the game was still in the balance but Doctors’ fielding, like their batting, was a touch too carefree with 5 catches going begging, including a vital one off the pivotal Dunkley. With Down not recalled to the attack until only 3 runs were needed and Powell inexplicably not recalled at all, the outcome was decided by a brutal assault by Webster (41 n.o.) who finished his work with 11 balls to spare. Man of the match Dunkley (51 n.o.) was fittingly at the crease at the end.