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Doctors beat Bridgwater Solicitors by 132 runs


Doctors                        224 all out

 

Solicitors                      92 all out

 

  Doctors had first use of a damp but true Cannington strip and frolicked away with an eventful opening stand of 57 between Keith and Sam Powell.  Sam, playing a shot a ball, was dropped three times and, having used all of the family luck saw Keith (12) well held at mid on by Chris Ansell off Dave Wilsdon (2-38).  It was Ansell the bowler who finally accounted for Sam (46) when he chased a very wide delivery and smashed it hard into the hands of Rob Parsons at mid off.  Alex Needs came on for a much needed containing spell of accurate fast medium seam bowling and was rewarded with two wickets but John Ogle played a key innings of 44 marked by trademark cover drives and leg side deflections.  The drinks interval broke the batsmen’s concentration and the veteran Bob Bradley (2-40) was the man to profit as Ogle got a leading edge when attempting to turn the ball to leg and Mike Sullivan (11) fell for the oldest trap in the book and was well caught by Needs at deep square leg.  Nigel Yeo (1-50) got a well deserved wicket but just as the fielding side began to feel that they were back in the match Doctors’ premier duet of Graham Fergusson and Harry Lee came to the wicket for a dazzling partnership of 69.  Needs (3-27 returned and again bowled well but had apparently finished his spell without further success.  The umpire however allowed him an extra ball in his final over and with it he broke the stand as an attempted straight drive by Fergusson (33) played over a perfect yorker.   Lee (46) kept going until he was caught off Ansell (2-39), going for another big strike, by which time the total had assumed daunting proportions.

  If the Solicitors were not already daunted at the start they must have been at 20 for 4 after 8 splendid overs from Ryan Biddiscombe (2-14) and Steve Dorrett (2-6).  Biddiscombe’s first ball of the innings was a fabulous inswinger which hit the top of Bradley’s middle stump.  His every ball looked likely to take a wicket and he hit the stumps again in his third over.  At the other of the age and experience scale Dorrett was no less effective.  An excellent reflex catch by keeper Fergusson, standing up to the wicket gave him his first victim and when he bowled Needs the visitors were reeling.  James Coulson despite watching the devastation from the other end was far from intimidated. With a sound defence and a range of scoring shots in the arc between extra cover and third man he played the solid innings his team desperately needed.  Wilsdon (13) gave him support for 8 overs until he was scooped up at first slip by Peter Reed off Sullivan (1-10).  Reed (1-25) took the sixth wicket with a sharp leg cutter but Ansell entered the fray with positive intent and scoreboard began to click rapidly.  The last thing that Solicitors needed at this stage was a run out but Coulson (25) rashly took on Biddiscombe for an unwise second run and had not grounded his bat when the wicket was broken.  As if in sympathy Ansell (19) finally dashed his team’s hopes when did the same thing to Sam Powell and was two yards short.  Yeo (14) played a spirited cameo in a losing cause until Lee (1-1) and Keith Powell (1-17) wrapped things up.