Match Reports




Doctors lost to Musgrove Park Hospital by 6 wickets

Doctors            129 for 9


MPH                132 for 4


  Doctors made a poor start against the accurate Julian Webster (1-14) and the very fast Simon Ogilvie (1-11) who reduced them to 4 for 2 after two overs.  Jeremy Budd led a partial recovery and was greeted with warm applause when he scored his 2000th run for Doctors, particularly so as last week he took his 200th wicket.  Alas he perished soon afterwards for 10, caught by Ogilvie at cover off Tim Porter.  Graham Fergusson contributed a whirlwind 31 (4 fours and 2 sixes) before top edging a hook at Porter (2-24) and with another wicket from Ron Biggs (1-22) making the score 65 for 5 it was left to Will Chandler to anchor the innings.  This he did with consummate style despite a run out and another wicket for M.Crowther at the other end.  When Chandler (33) had a most untypical rush of blood and was stumped two yards out off Ru McDonagh (2-15) Doctors strong batting line up had only amassed 109.  They were indebted to a bold 22 not out from Tom Hopkins who led them to a competitive total.


  The start of the Hospital innings mirrored that of Doctors as Fergusson (1-13) was at times unplayable on a turning, bouncing wicket and was given solid support by Mike Smart (1-19).  Alan Dunkley was looking very solid and was initially content to push ones and twos but when David Gwynne Jones accepted a straightforward chance off Hopkins (1-30) and Chandler took a much harder one off Peter Reed (1-28) Musgrove were 68 for 4 and well behind the clock.  At last Dunkley found a durable ally in T.Davies and they began the acceleration with two “big overs” which yielded 15 and 16 runs.  After this Doctors were always chasing the game and hard though the bowlers tried the desperately needed wicket failed to come.  Three half chances went to ground but by now Dunkley was in complete command and his majestic 68 not out contained 9 fours and 2 sixes.  Davies (22 n.o.) hit the winning boundary with 9 balls to spare.