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Doctors beat Bridgwater Solicitors by 4 wickets


 

Solicitors         274 for 5

 

Doctors           275 for 6

 

    In perfect batting conditions on a firm, true Cannington wicket Doctors were pleased to make early inroads thanks to a wicket for Sam Powell and a comfortable stumping by Graham Fergusson off Robert Seymour (1-34) which dismissed Scott Briffett (11).  Tom Williams and N.Marsh then took control with shots all round the wicket and good running.  Marsh (17) was bowled by the deserving Shay Keohane (1-38) but Tommy Smith (21) fitted in seamlessly and the score had moved on to 118 by the time he was bowled by David Gwynne Jones (1-32).  Williams had, by then, reached a serene fifty and he was joined by the ageless John Sherwin for another excellent partnership which propelled the total past 200.  There was a brief lull when Williams retired, unbeaten on 100 and Powell (2-44) bagged another victim, caught by keeper Fergusson but then Sherwin (68 n.o.) and Nigel Yeo (24 n.o.) combined to ensure a formidable score.

 

   The Doctors reply was scarred by a horrible mix up which saw John Ogle haring down the wicket for a second run that Keith Powell had declined.  Powell sacrificed himself by leaving his crease and almost, but not quite, made it to the bowlers end before the keeper’s throw.  Ogle made handsome amends with a quite splendid partnership with Richard Budd in which they added 150 runs for the second wicket.  By the time that Ogle (55) was bowled by Williams through a tired-looking shot there were just over a hundred runs required and new batsman Fergusson announced his intentions immediately with a pulled four off his first ball.  Budd’s imperious, chanceless innings continued until he was on 96 when he was dropped at long off but there were no further alarms and he duly retired with a well-deserved, unbeaten hundred.  Marsh (1-46) took another wicket but Doctors were cruising home when Fergusson (41), facing Williams’ leg breaks, was out hit wicket – the first time that he has been dismissed in this fashion in his 32 year Doctors career.  From a position of comfort, requiring 30 runs at three an over, Doctors were jolted by two more wickets for Williams (4-31).  Fortunately skipper Sam Powell (18 n.o.) was still at the crease and his reassuring presence, with calm support from Jeremy Budd saw Doctors home with 45 balls to spare.