Match Reports




Doctors beat Taunton Deane Council by 92 runs

Doctors                        165 for 3


Taunton Deane 73 for 5


  Doctors were put in on another excellent Cannington batting wicket and made a circumspect start against N.Collins and the miserly Colin Trewren who conceded only 6 runs in his 4 overs.  Paul Rayson also bowled tidily and with Keith Powell searching for his usual fluency Doctors were indebted to Alan Dunkley’s elegant stroke play on both sides of the stumps and to some top class running between the wickets.  Dunkley showed that he has now left the “promising young player” class with a polished 56.  His first fifty for Doctors ended in a mild anticlimax when he was run out going for a bye to keeper Bruce Carpenter but by then the total was handily placed on 87 from 15 overs with 9 wickets in hand.  Just as Powell (27) rediscovered his timing he was out to Chris Gunn but the incoming batsmen John Ogle and Graham Fergusson did not wait to play themselves in and launched a furious assault on the visiting bowlers.  Fergusson’s 25 came off 10 balls and was ended just before the innings closed by a top edge off Gunn (2-54) to Carpenter.  Ogle (28 not out) was equally punishing and the final score must have looked very far off to Taunton Deane’s weakened batting line up.

  After a steady start against good line and length bowling from John Down and Tom Hopkins the wheels began to come off when Trewren chipped Hopkins (3-10) tamely to Powell at cover. In his next over Collins was snapped up at gully by Peter Reed, then Gunn played on, and Taunton Deane were 21 for 3.  Rayson and Ralph Willoughby-Foster staged a mini revival until Rayson (13) was run out by the irrepressible Hopkins.  P.Andrews and Willoughby-Foster looked sound but were unable to raise the run rate as Doctors were afforded the rare luxury of rotating three spinners in Jeremy Budd, Rob Driver and Graham Board, all of whom bowled well.  John Down (1-12) showed his versatility by returning in the guise of an off spinner to have Andrews (11) well stumped by Fergusson and despite Willoughby-Foster’s sound 38 not out his side were well beaten.