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Doctors beat Taunton Orthopaedic Surgeons by 37 runs


 

Doctors            129 for 1

 

Surgeons         92 for 9

 

  Doctors’ opening pairing of John Ogle and Rob Adcock tucked into the Surgeons’ opening attack with relish and rattled along at 6 an over.  The visitors’ ground fielding was good but their catching was afflicted with an outbreak of dropsy - Adcock being the first beneficiary with missed chances at slip and by the keeper.  Unabashed, he and Ogle feasted on any aberration in line and length and the drives and pulls flowed.  Both batsmen retired in short succession on 40 not out and for a while the new batsmen struggled to accelerate on a turgid pitch and slow outfield.  Colin Ogilvie, Prasanth and Andrew Clarke all bowled tightly and Ralph Hammond suffered the ignominy of being the only batsman to lose his wicket as Andy Heywood took a sharp, juggling catch at cover from the bowling of Prasanth (1-9).  Andrew Paisley continued his run of good form with a valuable 25 n.o. which boosted Doctors to a par total of 129.   

  The Surgeons’ reply began with a boundary by Paul Thorpe but then suffered from a dramatic collapse at the hands of Steve Witts and Ian Jeanes.  Thorpe fell to a good, running, stooping catch by Wayne Pither at mid wicket off the admirably consistent Witts (2-11) and Surgeons’ skipper Alan Dunkley unwisely charged down the wicket to the 4th ball of Jeanes’ third over and lost his leg bail.  Jeanes (2-9) clean bowled Ogilvie with his next ball and was promptly removed from the attack by his captain and thus denied the chance of a hat trick!   Julian Webster (13) staged something of a recovery until he was pinned down by Robert Seymour (1-15) and, attempting to break loose, skied a steepling catch to Hammond at short fine leg.  Richard Jones and Heywood did further repair work until Phil Barker tore the heart out of the innings with a fine spell of 3 for 13, aided by a good catch by Seymour at mid on to remove Heywood (10) and alert stumpings by Dave Rooke off successive balls.  Peter Reed (1-13) chipped in with a wicket courtesy of a well judged catch by Ogle at extra cover, but Jones survived some hair raising running between the wickets to be unbeaten on 33 at the close.