Taunton Deane Council lost to Doctors by 3 runs
T.D.B.C. 154 all out
chose to bat first and had to overcome an early setback at the hands of Nigel
Gundry (1-40). This they did in some
style as Andrew Dodden and Graham Fergusson made full use of a ridiculously
short boundary on one side of the picturesque Wyvern Club ground. With Dodden pulling sixes and fours from
one end and Fergusson elegantly cover driving at the other the score rocketed
to 90 for 1 from the first 9 overs, whereupon Fergusson (27) was run out by
an excellent direct hit by South African import Nico. New batsman Adrian Fisher (14) looked
comfortable until he was bowled by Nick Collins with a ball going well wide of
leg stump which unluckily ricocheted off his pads. His wicket started a spectacular collapse
against Collins (4-17), John Pike (1-11) and Nico (1-17) which plunged the
visitors to the depths of 105 for 8.
Mercifully for Doctors Dodden was still at the crease and with staunch
support from Ashley Knowles (8 n.o.) he set about repairing the damage with
an array of fine shots all round the wicket.
Their unbroken stand off the last 7 overs was worth an invaluable 52
with Dodden’s undefeated 71 containing 9 fours and 4 sixes.
The Council wasted no time in pursuit of their challenging target,
taking 60 runs from the first 6 overs despite Knowles (1-36) bowling D.Cook
for 10. Fergusson was introduced into
the attack and, despite the short legside boundary, settled into a top class
spell of 2 for 13 containing the wickets of Pike (15) and D.Sizer (12). Wayne Pither (1-29) made a valuable
contribution with a fine, swooping pick up and direct-hit run out plus a tight
and hostile second spell which removed the dangerous Gundry (11). With the run chase accelerating again
Robert Adcock was called upon to bowl and produced the goods with the fine
figures of 1 for 3 which left the home side’s hopes resting on the
capable shoulders of Nico and P.Andrews.
The irrepressible Dodden was now bowling and made a vital breakthrough
as Andrews (39) smashed the ball straight back to him for a stinging two
handed catch. Nico (38 n.o.) continued
to play his shots until only five runs were needed off the last two
balls. The next ball was belted to
long off and the batsmen hared off after a desperate two. Alas the number 11 Collins strained too
hard, slipped in mid pitch, and could only watch helplessly from a prone
position as the wicket was put down.
Man of the Match Dodden finished with figures of 3 for 33.