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Doctors beat Bridgwater Solicitors by 52 runs


Doctors            244 for 5

 

Solicitors          192 for 8

 

 

  Doctors were put in to bat on a blisteringly hot afternoon at Cannington and made a stuttering start as Keith Powell played on to Chris Ansell (1-79) and Rob Adcock (17) perished in similar fashion to Nigel Yeo when he tried to kick away a ball trickling towards his stumps and scored an “own goal”.  John Ogle and Harry Lee had to do some serious retrenchment against accurate bowling by Nick Haydon and Johnson White but both played solidly and showed great acumen by pushing the ball into the gaps and rotating the strike.  Their stand was worth 98 when Ogle (32) clipped the returning Yeo firmly off his legs, only to see White at midwicket leap athletically to his right to take a stunning catch.  Yeo (3-31) struck again with his next ball as the unfortunate Ian Hooper, having waited 90 minutes with his pads on, was bowled by a full toss.  The next batsman Phil Barker played the hat trick ball with aplomb but then had to scratch for runs in his first few overs.  Happily for Doctors Lee was now in full flow and with Barker finding his touch the boundary count rose exponentially as their stand of exactly 100 came in just 12 overs. Incredibly for a batsman of his class Lee had never before scored a century but this time he made no mistake in a superlative innings of 129 including 18 boundaries.  He fell in the penultimate over, a tired shot resulting in a caught and bowled dismissal to Dan Pawson (1-45), but Barker remained on 35 not out and Doctors’ 244 was an imposing total on a sluggish pitch.

 

  The Lawyers’ reply was purposeful but Sam Powell and Mike Smart kept the scoring in check and eventually “scoreboard pressure” led to the breakthrough when Powell induced a top edge from Bruce (15) which was caught by Peter Reed at slip.  Not for the first time this season Powell (3-18) went on to destroy the opposition top order and, with Phil Barker getting bite and deviation at the other end, the score dipped alarmingly to 56 for 5.  Kit Barrington used all of his experience and skill to right the ship and Ansell (13) leant support with some muscular blows.  Inevitably he was caught at long on by Ogle from the bowling of Adcock (1- 26) but Pawson came in to support Barrington and both batsmen began to open out.  A succession of fours was punctuated by shots that dropped tantalisingly into the gaps with Hooper in particular seemingly doomed not to take a wicket.  The partnership of 85 was finally broken by Scott Bellinger (1-26) whose excellent spell of seam bowling gained due reward when he took a fine, diving caught and bowled chance to dismiss Barrington (46).  The asking rate climbed steadily as Reed (1-32) took another wicket and despite the valiant efforts of Pawson (40 n.o.) and Ed Boyce (10 n.o.) the Solicitors fell well short of their target.