Match Reports




Doctors beat Bridgwater Solicitors by 4 wickets


Solicitors         179 all out


Doctors           180 for 6

  The Solicitors chose to bat first and their brisk start was interrupted by wickets for Doug Johnson (1-25) and Robert Seymour (1-29), the latter thanks to a good, running catch at deep square leg by John Bishop.  The evergreen John Sherwin was in commanding form in a rapid 50 partnership with James Mumford which was only broken by a dreadful mix-up.  Both batsmen ended up at the bowler’s end as Peter Reed made a good stop at short extra cover and his easy return to the keeper saw Sherwin (31) run out by 15 yards.  Reed ((1-28) then dismissed Mumford (20) as keeper Jeremy Budd took a very good catch, standing up to the wicket, which appeared to come off the toe of the bat.  The rest of the innings was given substance by Chris Ansell who played with characteristic vim and Taylor Buller whose top score included quality straight-batted striking.  Ansell (20) was bowled by Tom Eve (1-13) and the rest of the innings belonged to Doctors’ skipper Sam Powell who won his duel with the excellent Buller (58) thanks to a catch by Richard Budd at square leg, one-handed and high above his head.  Eve took a very sharp chance at midwicket to give Powell figures of 4 for 14 and Bishop (1-10) weighed in with a remarkable leaping, twisting caught and bowled effort.

  Nigel Yeo (1-35) reaped an early reward when John Ogle mistimed a pull to Mumford but Eve (26) set off like an express train, only to hole out to Edmonds at deep midwicket off D.Perry (1-26).  After this wobble Doctors needed stability and it was supplied handsomely by Powell and Oliver Budd in a rock-solid stand of 80 in which good balls were defended, the strike was rotated well and bad balls were dispatched to the boundary.  Buller’s good spell demanded respect but went unrewarded and it took a ball from A.Lamkowski (2-16) which just brushed the leg stump to dismiss Budd (49).  The next ball was plonked straight into the hands of Sherwin at long on by Bishop for a golden duck and when Powell (42) was well held by Buller at deep midwicket off Ansell (1-10) the game was suddenly open.  Johnson (15) and Richard Budd (15 n.o.) dispelled Doctors’ qualms with controlled aggression.  Their fine partnership was only spoilt by Johnson’s needless run out which gave Seymour the opportunity to hit the winning runs.