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Pencombe lost to Bridgwater Doctors by 83 runs


Bridgwater Doctors                  173 for 7

 

Pencombe                                90 all out

 

  Pencombe’s wicket was wet and green and Doctors’ decision to bat first under cloudy skies looked seriously flawed when Tim Brooke and Tony Davies used the variable bounce and lateral movement through the air and off the pitch to make early breakthroughs.  In truth Doctors’ top order did much to get themselves out, the first four all perishing to ill-judged attacking shots.  David Gwynne Jones (20) was the only front line batsman to show the requisite discipline but he unluckily played on to Brooke (3-13) and when Dan Jones (14 off 9 balls) was bowled by Davies (2-36) the score was 56 for 5.  Fortunately for the visitors Dave Rooke hit prime form when it really mattered.  With capable support from James Powell he saw off Brooke and the dangerous Allan Davies and then launched a judicious counter attack.  Powell (18) fell to Owen Thomas (1-31) but Joe Lee came in to play fluently and his fruitful partnership with Rooke prised out a vital 63 runs.  Rooke’s match winning innings ended frustratingly when he was pinned lbw by a shooter from Phil Brooke (1-25) but there was still time for a cameo 11 not out from Jeremy Budd and another salvo of shots from Lee who finished with a well crafted 27 not out.

 

  When Pencombe replied John Down and Mike Sullivan spearheaded a full-on assault for Doctors with five maiden overs at the start and the vital wicket of Thomas, lbw to Sullivan (1-6) in his first over for a duck.  When they came off, with Down’s figures 1 for 4 off 6 overs, Sam Powell and Jones took up the reins.  Jones was clobbered for 19 off his first two overs by Stuart Barrett but then stepped up a gear and began to hit a good length on off stump.  His persistence was rewarded in his fourth over as Barrett (31) was beaten for pace and played over a straight ball which shattered his stumps.  Powell was desperately unlucky as he consistently beat the batsmen’s edge but runs were in short supply and the pressure told on the middle order as Jones (3-38) claimed two more quality wickets and effected a superb run out from the deep long on boundary.  The demise of Bob Townsend (19) and another run out by keeper Rooke exposed the tail and Jeremy Budd (2-8) did the necessary.  The coup de grace was administered by James Powell (1-10), courtesy of a good catch in the gully by Peter Reed.