Match Reports




Taunton Deane Council lost to Doctors by 51 runs

Doctors                        134 for 4


Taunton Deane 83 for 8


  Doctors were put in to bat on a green Wyvern Club pitch which offered lateral movement and irregular bounce and made a cautious start against the accurate Paul Rayson (1-14) and J.Pike (1-14).  Alan Dunkley (17) played some crisp shots and was looking in good nick until he pulled a long hop from Simon Doyle (1-20) straight into the hands of Ayres who had been placed at midwicket just before the ball was bowled.  This left Doctors at 40 for 3 after 10 overs and in need of impetus.  It was duly provided by the Cannington Surgery duo of Charles Macadam with a chirpy cameo and John Ogle (32 n.o.) who played the innings of the day, spiced with sumptuous cover drives.  Ayres (1-34) accounted for Macadam (10) and the Council side were still ascendant with the score on only 103, but Sam Powell (27 n.o.) and Mike Sullivan (24 n.o.) applied the long handle with some violence and good shot selection to plunder 31 from the last 3 overs.

  As usual Sullivan and John Down were reliability personified; grudgingly permitting only 14 runs from the first 6 overs.  Down’s only fault is a habit of overstepping and for the second match running he was frustrated when, from one such no-ball, Pike gave an easy catch to cover.  Revenge was soon to come as Macadam held a swirling chance at point and soon afterwards Down (2-22) accounted for the dangerous Scot Weetch, lbw on the back foot.  Rayson and Ralph Willoughby-Foster countered this setback with attack and took the score onto 43.  Doctors’ answer was a beautifully crafted spell of flighted spin from Jeremy Budd (3-5), the highlight of which was a classical off spinner’s wicket when Rayson was lured down the wicket, beaten by the flight and well stumped by Dave Rooke.  Powell again bowled well but without luck, as did Doug Johnson, and although Willoughby-Foster (22) battled away, the match gradually slipped away from the Council.  Peter Reed (3-13) applied the coup de grace to ensure a comfortable win for Doctors.