Doctors beat North Petherton by 74 runs
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.
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.