Match Reports




Doctors beat North Petherton by 74 runs

Doctors                        158 for 5


N.Petherton                  84 for 7


  A youthful North Petherton team ran up against one of Doctors’ more powerful batting line ups and soon found that bowling at Kings Hall can be very hard work.  Even on a previously used and worn pitch the batsmen were able to play through the line with confidence, and with short boundaries and a very quick outfield the scoreboard was soon rattling.  James Baker (1-14) bowled a good containing spell and was rewarded with the wicket of Phil Barker, caught at mid off for 10, but a succession of straight and cover drives from the old hands Keith Powell and John Ogle kept finding the boundary.  Powell (28) was caught at mid on off Phil Stanley (1-14) but there was no respite from the new batsman Harry Lee who compiled a cultured 53 off only 30 balls.   James Wyatt (3-20) bowled well at the death and dismissed both Lee and Ogle, whose 55 was equally accomplished.


  Petherton’s innings got off to a disastrous start as Wyatt was run out by the full length of the pitch in the second over.  Stanley (14) played three handsome shots but like many other batsmen found that hitting John Down to the boundary can be soon followed by losing your off stump.  Down (2-22) and Joe Lee (1-6) bowled probing and accurate spells and the visitors chances were virtually extinguished as they subsided to 29 for 4.  A good catch by Tom Hopkins at short midwicket off Peter Reed (1-16) added to the misery but sensible batting from Keith Robertson and Lloyd Irish resulted in a stand of 43 which made the score respectable.  Robertson (23) was the victim of a slick James Gass stumping off John Ogle (1-4) and then a tidy catch by Harry Lee in the covers gave due reward to Powell (1-4).  Irish remained unbeaten at the end for a well-constructed 21.