Match Reports




Taunton Deane Council tied with Doctors


T. Deane                      130 for 7


Doctors                       130 for 6


  The Council won the toss and, having chosen to bat and survived a challenging opening burst from Josh House, lost the dangerous Louis Knight to a good catch at long off by Will Chandler off the canny bowling of Robert Seymour (1-21).  Steve Hughes (21) played with authority until he hit Jeremy Budd (1-28) straight to House at point and two wickets in two balls for Peter Reed (2-24) reduced the home side to 51 for 4.  Captain Jon Pike and Kevin Dunn repaired the damage with an excellent 50 partnership compiled in steady rain but when Pike retired on 30 not out Dunn (21) promptly pulled a ball from Phil Barker to Alan Dunkley at deep square leg.  Nick Collins (12) hit out boldly until the final over when he became one of two stumping victims by Graham Fergusson off Barker (3-19).


  Doctors came out of the stalls at a gallop as Dunkley and Adrian Fisher drove and pulled their way to 48 off 6 overs.  The partnership ended when Dunkley (29) fell to a super ball from Pike which cut away off the seam to hit off stump.  Knight (2-5) was a real handful, bowling fast left arm in gloomy light on a pitch freshened by the rain, and his two wickets included that of Fisher (26) well held at point by Pike.  When Pike took another wicket Doctors were struggling but a bright cameo from House (10) lifted their spirits until his soaring pull to deepest midwicket was held by the ubiquitous Pike.  Another wicket for Collins (2-28) had the visitors in trouble at 88 for 6 whereupon Andrew Paisley was joined by skipper Barker for a most enterprising fightback. Boundaries and quick singles began to flow and the equation became 22 off 2 overs to win and then 10 from the final over, bowled by Pike (2-18).  All looked lost when only singles came from each of the first five balls but a commanding pull to fine leg by Paisley (25.n.o.) off the last ball meant that the match was tied.  Barker finished on an invaluable 15 not out.