Match Reports




Taunton Deane Council lost to Doctors by 29 runs


Doctors           146 for 3


Spaxton           117 for 7



   Taunton Deane’s opening bowlers gave Andrew Paisley and Adrian Fisher enough scoring opportunities to get the scoreboard rattling and both cashed in on the available four balls in an admirable 50 partnership which was only broken when Paisley retired on 30 not out.  Fisher (30 n.o.) soon followed and Josh Wood and Graham Fergusson had a great platform on which to build. Wood (11) struck a stylish straight six and then received a fine ball from Peter Weaver (1-32) which spun in sharply, kept low and hit off stump.  Ed Johnson was given out in bizarre circumstances when facing Colin Trewren (1-16) as the ball passed harmlessly outside off stump as the bat hit the ground with a thump.  The leg bail fell off, presumably due to vibration and the umpire’s finger went up.  While this was going on Fergusson had a quiet look at the bowling and, liking what he saw, began depositing the ball into the neighbouring gardens.  His quickfire 35 n.o. contained 3 sixes, a five and 2 fours.  Sam Powell sacrificed his wicket, bowled by Matt Wilde (1-23) looking for quick runs but Phil Barker (15 n.o.) and Nick Smyth were able to manoeuvre the bowling skilfully to push the total to an above- par score on a wicket of variable bounce and a little lateral movement.

  Ed Johnson (1-18) provoked a top-edged pull from Cook in his first over which was well caught by substitute fielder Nick Collins, running in from deep square.  The second over was bowled by Charles Macadam and yielded the prize wicket of Louis Knight, athletically caught at short midwicket by Smyth.  Macadam (2-25) went on to bowl a fine spell and claimed the wicket of Wilde, caught by Powell at mid on.  Powell bowled an electric maiden over at Chris Cox, the sixth ball of which removed his middle stump and there were two quick wickets for Peter Reed (2-26).  Despite the fall of wickets the scoring rate had remained high, not least because opening batsman Peter Andrews had played calmly and solidly despite the mayhem at the other end.  He retired on 30 not out and Powell (2-2) took a good return catch to dismiss Trewren so a spirited knock from Bruce Carpenter (25 n.o.) ultimately counted for nothing.