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Doctors beat Taunton Deane Council by 107 runs


 

Doctors           204 for 2

 

T.Deane             97 all out

 

  The Council got off to an excellent start as Robert Adcock, having seen a simple caught and bowled chance spurned from the first ball of the match, was comprehensively bowled off the second by a fine yorker from Nigel Gundry (1-31).  Father and son Keith and Sam Powell then joined in a comfortable partnership of 45 and it was a surprise when Sam (19) chipped the persevering Luke Willoughby-Foster (1-42) to gully.  From 45 for 2 it was all downhill for the visitors as Willoughby-Foster strained his back and had to bowl at half pace and Keith Powell and Harry Lee peppered the short leg side boundary and ran quick singles at will.  By the end of the 10th over the score was 100 with both having retired, Powell on 30 and Lee on 32.  Justin Pepperell is big and strong and in typical fashion hit his first ball out of the ground, from where it was never found.  He and the cultured Andrew Dodden kept the score rolling along at 10 an over until they too were both forced to retire on 30.  The pain for the Council fielders was to continue as Dave Rooke (23 n.o.) and Phil Barker (21 n.o.) hammered the tired bowlers and the final total of 204 was a record for Doctors in a 20 over match.

 

  Sam Powell (1-8) has found an extra yard or two of pace this year and his torrid opening spell was rewarded when Gundry was smartly held by Dodden at midwicket.  Gareth Clifford and Ralph Willoughby-Foster played a handful of attractive boundary shots until Clifford (14) was bowled by a perfectly pitched inswinger from Mike Smart (1-23).  The advent of Barker (3-12) and Peter Reed (2-7) in rapidly fading light provoked a collapse as Willoughby-Foster (20) was caught by Harry Lee and four other wickets fell in quick succession.  Dave Sizer (19 n.o.) could only watch the disaster unfolding at the other end as comeback-king Richard Lee (1-5) marked his return with a customary wicket.  Doctors’ fielding was sparkling with Richard and Harry Lee starring, and was exemplified by a radar-guided direct hit run out by Dodden at deep square leg which finished off the innings.