Council beat Doctors by 6 wickets
Doctors 87 for 9
Taunton Deane Council 91 for 4
The Doctors made a dream start with 35 from the first 5 overs and it was a surprise when Alan Dunkley (15) gave the charge to Colin Trewren (1-12) and nicked the ball to keeper Steve Hughes. There was then a quiet period in which S.Doyle claimed a wicket before the visitors innings was torn apart by the quick bowling of Matt Hincks (4-9) who took 4 wickets for no runs in his first two overs. Three of Doctors main batsmen collected ducks as their team subsided to 53 for 6. The carnage had been watched from the non-strikers end by captain Keith Powell (33 n.o.) who continued his run of fine form with some powerful offside drives and cuts. His only significant support came from the unorthodox strokeplay of John Down (19) until he drilled a ball from Doyle (2-12) straight at Hincks. A late wicket for Pat Wright (1-12) helped to restrict Doctors to a below par score.
By the end of the first innings the evening had turned thoroughly miserable and Doctors were condemned to bowl in steady rain. Down responded magnificently with a double wicket maiden in his first over. Hughes played attractively for 19 until he too fell lbw to the rampant Down (3-16) but Doctors hopes were frustrated by the ubiquitous Hincks. Two chances went begging as the greasy ball proved hard to hold and numerous edges went in the air to vacant spaces as the total crept up. Peter Reed (1-19) took a wicket but Hincks (31 n.o.) found an equally adhesive partner in Ralph Willoughby-Foster (23 n.o.) and the winning run was struck with 7 balls to spare.