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Musgrove Park Hospital lost to Doctors by 5 runs


 

Doctors†††††††††† ††††††† ††† 151for 8

 

MPH†††††††††††††† ††††††††††† 146 for 6

 

Doctors made an appalling start as their hitherto prolific top three of Andrew Paisley, Keith Powell and Adrian Fisher were all dismissed for ducks.The openers were bowled by full tosses from Steve Harris and Leo Martin-Scott (1-31) without a run on the board and when Fisher nicked Harris (2-19) to the keeper and walked the score was 9 for 3.Tom Eve and Sam Powell, having adjusted to the slow Taunton Vale pitch and sluggish outfield, counterattacked with a mixture of big shots and good running.Eve soon reached the retirement figure of 30 but Richard Budd (32 n.o.) came in to play a controlled innings of timing and power.When he and Powell (31 n.o.) both retired there was a flurry of wickets to Simon Ingram, Guru Karnati (1-12) and Jimmy Barnes (1-2) which allowed Eve to come back for a final flourish with Phil Barker.Eve (53) was bowled off the penultimate ball by Ingram (2-19) and Barker remained unbeaten on 22.

Imogen Mannís controlled spell of 2 for 13 stifled the start of the Hospitalís reply and included the wicket of Richard Jones (11) to a running, diving catch by Eve at square leg.Peter Reed (1-22) took another quick wicket but Alan Dunkley and Martin-Scott put together the first partnership of the innings, which ended when Martin-Scott (14) was run out by a bullet throw by Oliver Budd, expertly guided onto the stumps by Jeremy Budd.Ingram (14) came in to continue the recovery but when he was bowled by Sam Powell (1-15) and Dunkley (27) was bowled by a doosra from off spinner Jeremy Budd (1-22) there was still much for the new batsmen Edwards and Harris to do.By now it had been raining steadily for some time and the greasy ball and an outfield which had, paradoxically, quickened up made life hard for the bowlers and fielders.Edwards survived a loud snick off Paisley and the batsmen dealt mainly in twos and singles as the target came nearer.Oliver Budd bowled a fine spell of wrist spin with a horrible slippery ball and with 12 required from his final over, kept his nerve and conceded only 6.Edwards finished on 31 not out and Harris on 15 not out.