Match Reports




Doctors beat Taunton Orthopods by 32 runs

Doctors            128 for 7


Orthopods        96 all out



  Doctors chose to bat against the team of Orthopaedic surgeons from Musgrove Park on a bone dry Cannington strip and had to weather a fiery opening salvo from the Ogilvie brothers Simon and Jonathan.  Simon (2-12) swung the ball at high pace and at 9 for 2 the home side were grateful for the reassuring presence of Graham Fergusson at the crease.  James Murdoch looked comfortable until he suddenly charged down the wicket to Mark Crowther (1-32) and missed a straight ball, and when Andrew Paisley chased a very wide ball from Craig Jones (1-25) Doctors were wobbling again at 55 for 4.  Fergusson survived a difficult chance to deep midwicket off Crowther and at last found a stable partner in David Williamson with whom he added 49 in 8 overs.  Williamson (10) was lbw to Andrew Clarke which allowed time for a pugnacious cameo from Sam Powell, but the innings was totally dominated by Fergusson (92) whose immaculate defence was more than matched by his clean striking and deft deflections all round the wicket.  When he, most untypically, fell in the nineties, top edging a hook against Clarke, he had scored 72% of his side’s total with 12 fours and 3 sixes. Powell (10) succumbed to the next ball and Clarke (3-12) just missed a deserved hat trick when the diving Crowther was unable to hold on to a fierce straight drive from Jeremy Budd.


   The Orthopods made an equally bad start as Alan Dunkley was smartly snaffled in the gully by Budd off Sam Powell’s first ball and Jonathan Ogilvie was run out having played a crisp shot off his toes.  Unfortunately he had played it straight to Murdoch who pinged the ball back to keeper Fergusson before the hapless Ogilvie had a chance to turn back.  The speed and strength of Powell (2-11) and the nagging accuracy of John Down (1-10) made a formidable combination and at 15 for 4 the Orthopods’ chances of winning had virtually gone.  Steve Witts (1-6) made their plight worse with a miserly spell containing a fine, diving caught and bowled and when Julian Webster (11), who had played some handsome extra cover drives, was caught and bowled by Budd (1-12) off his first ball the game was up.  Crowther struck out defiantly and hit two glorious straight sixes to give his side respectability and found aggressive support from Clarke ((14) and Jones (13 n.o.).  When Crowther (35) was lured into an injudicious shot by Keith Powell (1-12) the end came quickly at the hands of Peter Reed (1-14) and John Ogle (1-10).