Match Reports




Doctors beat Musgrove Park Hospital by 6 wickets


MPH               123 for 9


Doctors           124 for 4


    High summer was conspicuously absent as Doctors and MPH showed true British fortitude on a dark, rainy July evening.  There was still hardness under the damp wicket and Sam Powell once again bowled with pace and lift and again had no luck.  Phil Barker (1-16) also found enough bounce to have Alan Dunkley caught by keeper Graham Fergusson, standing up to the wicket.  Stefan Jones was in a class apart and made light of the conditions with a selection of perfectly timed cuts, drives and pulls.  When he retired the game changed as Peter Reed, enjoying a pitch made in heaven for a slow medium pace bowler, made inroads into the middle order.  Julian Webster (18) cracked four boundaries but then became the second of two express stumpings by Fergusson off Reed (3-18).  There followed something of a procession as John Harris was unable to prevent a good ball from Bertie Broughton (1-14) from spinning back onto his stumps, Justin Pepperell was bowled off his pads by Andrew Paisley and the ubiquitous Fergusson contributed two more stumpings off Paisley (2-14) and Oliver Budd (1-27).  Hywel Thomas (17) peppered the leg side until he tried one kamikaze run too many and was comfortably run out by Powell.  Eleven off the last five balls by the returning Jones (42 n.o.) made the score competitive.


  Harris was a constant menace in his opening spell but the nearest he got to a wicket was a rejected appeal for a caught behind when bowling to Keith Powell and a catch given by John Ogle off a no ball beamer.  Powell soon fell to Stevenson (1-15) but Ogle and Fergusson played perfectly, with minimal risk, in difficult conditions.  By the time that they retired on 31 and 32 respectively Doctors were on top.  A wicket for Kemp (1-16) only served to unite Broughton and Adrian Fisher and these two, in increasingly heavy rain, took Doctors to within sight of victory.  Broughton (16) was the first of two victims for James (2-6) but Fisher (24 n.o.) continued serenely and Paisley (14 n.o.) finished the job with panache.