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Doctors beat Bridgwater Solicitors by 5 wickets


 

Solicitors†††††††† 169 all out

 

Doctors†††††††††† 172 for 5

 

The Solicitorsí decision to bat first did not pay immediate dividends as the veteran duo of Jeremy Budd and Peter Reed (combined age 116!) applied a stranglehold to the batsmen on the slow Cannington wicket. A wicket apiece helped the constriction, Budd (1-28) benefiting from a fine diving catch by Ed Johnson at cover and Reed from yet another sharp stumping by Graham Fergusson. When Reed (2-18) bowled Briffett (12) the score was 30 for 3 and the visitors were in need of retrenchment.Edmonds had played with commendable restraint and was joined by Tommy Smith who took the opposite approach.Smith survived what would have been a stone dead lbw off his first ball thanks to a faint edge from the toe of his bat and after 3 overs of circumspection put on a fine display of hitting.When drinks were taken the partnership had put on 100 and with ten overs left and only 3 wickets down the Solicitors were in the ascendant.Soon after the break Smith (58) was bowled by Andrew Guppy and when Edmonds (43) was lbw to Fergusson who had relinquished wicketkeeping duties the balance of the game changed.Bullerís elegant cameo of 17 was ended by a nonchalant catch by Bertie Broughton at long off and Guppy (4-8) and Fergusson 92-13) cut a swath through the lower order.

 

Buller and Smith (1-33) bowled well at the start of Doctorsí reply and only 20 runs came off the first 6 overs with each bowler taking a wicket.The change bowlers were easier to get away and Johnson played with customary brio, his 28 containing a six and 4 fours.When he top-edged a delivery from Briffett (1-29) Fergusson and Broughton put together a match winning stand full of neat strokes and taking full toll of the bad balls.It was a surprise when Fergusson (58) was beaten in the flight and bowled by Josh Froud (1-24) but Chris Griffiths aggressive knock of 24 (5 fours) kept up the momentum.Even when he was bowled by Buller (2-34) there was ample time for Broughton (38 n.o.) to see Doctors home with 8 overs in hand.