Match Reports




Doctors lost to Musgrove Park Hospital by 3 runs


MPH               135 all out


Doctors           132 for 8


    The Hospital’s openers F.Turlot and E.Saxby dominated the first half of the innings by practising the time-honoured virtues of hitting the ball hard and running well between the wickets.  They also profited from Doctors’ recently acquired habit of dropping catches.  Saxby retired and Doctors’ fortunes took a turn for the better when Keith Powell at long on accepted a steepling chance from Turlot (22) off Peter Reed and Phil Barker (2-33) weighed in with 2 quick wickets.  Barker’s second victim, Alan Dunkley was his 15th of the season (in 9 matches) and his 200th for Doctors.  He now holds the record for the fastest ‘double-double’ (2000 runs and 200 wickets).  Julian Webster (14) used his strong bottom hand to good effect until he was bowled by Shay Keohane.  Further successes for Reed (2-20) and Keohane (2-19) got their team back into the match but Saxby came back in to join S.Ingram and their partnership for the last wicket gave the Hospital an above-par total.  In the final over Ingram (20) tried one quick single too many to Reed and was run out by a direct hit.  Saxby was left on 49 not out.


   Doctors’ other new trait is a top-order collapse and true to form the score after 4 overs was 10 for 3, each of the top three in the order having scored just one run.  Webster (2-27) and H.Gann (1-15) did the damage.  There followed a fine stand between Graham Fergusson and Sam Powell which hauled Doctors back into contention.  Their euphoria was dampened by a fine spell from Dunkley who persuaded a miss-cue from Powell (28) to backward point.  Fergusson had to retire and Dunkley (3-24) continued to wreak havoc including a ‘revenge’ caught and bowled dismissal of Barker.  Keohane’s fine match continued with an aggressive cameo which inched Doctors towards their target.  Fergusson returned at the fall of Doctors’ penultimate wicket with 10 runs needed from 4 balls and hit the first of them for 4.  Sadly for Doctors the batsmen could not find the boundary again and, with Fergusson on 37 and Keohane on 17, they fell just short.