Taunton Deane Council lost to Doctors by 9 wickets
TDBC 125 for 8
Doctors 127 for 1
chose to bowl first and were indebted to their opening bowlers Peter
Gillanders and Mike Smart for a tight start.
Despite short boundaries on three sides of the Wyvern Club pitch the
opening batsmen struggled to get the ball away and there was a mini collapse
when both fell to good balls from Smart (2-21) in the 4th
over. In the next over there was a
wasteful run out when the ball was hit straight to Alan Dunkley at cover and
he had only to lob the ball back to keeper Graham Fergusson. Ralph Willoughby Foster and John Pike
launched a bold recovery worth 35 runs which was ended when Pike (27), having
hit a six off the previous ball, careered wildly down the wicket to James
Murdoch (1-16) and was comfortably stumped.
Willoughby Foster (14) chipped
Dunkley was soon in action again opening the batting with Keith Powell against the accurate Rayson and the fast but erratic Pike. Runs came slowly off the bat but a succession of wides and byes found the boundary to keep Doctors up with the scoring rate. Powell (11) hit two excellent fours but was then bowled off his pads by Rayson (1-15). Rob Adcock (12 n.o.) came in to play a sound supporting role as by now Dunkley, having taken the sting out of the attack, had opened out with a flurry of boundaries. When he retired on 31 he had played the perfect opener’s innings and his man of the match accolade was well deserved. The Deane bowlers kept the pressure on, with Gundry in particular being unlucky, and when Colin Trewren bowled a maiden in the 16th over it was still nip and tuck. 5 balls later the game was over as Fergusson (28 n.o.) showed his class with a clinical execution, finishing the match with two fours and three sixes.