Match Reports




Doctors beat Taunton Orthopaedic Surgeons by 1 run

Doctors            141 for 5


Surgeons          140 for 6



  Doctors were put in to bat against the team of Orthopaedic Surgeons from Musgrove Park on an excellent Cannington batting wicket and were soon in trouble when Andrew Paisley and James Murdoch lost their off stump to airy drives at Andrew Heywood (2-10).  John Ogle (24) had been hit on the hand by a beamer first ball but showed admirable composure to steady the innings and was just beginning to unfurl his trademark elegant driving when a top-edged pull off Colin Ogilvie (1-22) found the hands of Heywood at square leg. A wicket for P.Patil (1-18) had Doctors back in the mire at 69 for 4 with only 7 overs left but a fine innings of aggressive driving mixed with watchful defence by Dave Rooke set up the perfect platform for the final assault.  When Rooke (32) was lbw to Andrew Clarke (1-28) Harry Lee (22 n.o.) and Graham Fergusson (10 n.o.) were able to plunder 35 from the last 3 overs to make sure that Doctors’ final score was challenging.


  The Surgeons were given the prefect start by Rob Adcock and Alan Dunkley who placed the ball well and ran intelligently in an opening stand of 41.  They were parted when Adcock underestimated the youthful exuberance of Andrew Dodden who chased a ball out to deep midwicket and returned a powerful throw to keeper Fergusson that left Adcock (15) sprawling in the dust in a vain dive for the crease.  The next batsman R.Jones cannot have been watching as he tried and failed to beat Dodden’s arm and fell in exactly the same way, but Dunkley found a worthy ally in John Ogilvie and Doctors were desperately looking for a wicket when Dunkley (33) hit a fierce drive and was brilliantly caught by the bowler Murdoch.  Julian Webster announced his arrival with two fours but was out in spectacular fashion as Murdoch pulled off another superlative caught and bowled, diving to take a blistering drive inches from the ground.  Doctors were briefly on top as Lee, who had fielded supremely well in the covers, bowled a rapid and accurate containing spell but Ogilvie (37) then launched a furious assault on the bowling of Peter Reed with four successive fours.  Alas for him the adrenaline rush proved too much as next ball he advanced down the wicket to a quicker ball from Reed (1-36), failed to make contact, and was deftly stumped by Fergusson.  Still the Surgeons refused to bow and an attacking innings from Heywood with solid support from Colin Ogilvie swung the pendulum again.  Dodden came back to bowl a fine penultimate over and fourteen were needed from the last over, bowled by Murdoch.  With single, followed by a six, a four and a wide the Surgeons looked to have won it, but with only two needed from 3 balls Heywood (26) went for another big hit and found the hands of Paisley at mid on.  Murdoch (3-36) bowled a priceless dot ball and although Ogilvie (11 n.o.) made good contact with the last ball it flew straight to star fielder Lee with enough power to prevent any chance of a run.