Match Reports




Doctors beat Taunton Deane Council by 50 runs

Doctors                        119 for 5


Taunton Deane   69 for 4


  Heavy downpours before and during the match made the green-tinged Cannington wicket unusually bowler-friendly and Doctors, having chosen to bat first, found the going tough as the ball bounced unpredictably and moved off the seam.  D.Cherry (2-11) produced the ball of the day which came back sharply off the seam to bowl Alan Dunkley and the same bowler accounted for Andrew Dodden (10) who had looked in good nick with two rasping boundaries.  Nick Willoughby-Foster (1-35) induced a miss-hook from Will Chandler and then Adrian Fisher played a textbook forward defensive shot to Colin Trewren (1-13) only to see the ball trickle back onto his stumps. This left Doctors staggering at 33 for 4 from 10 overs and John Ogle and Graham Fergusson with much repair work to do.  Happily they were up to the job with Ogle striking the ball sweetly and compiling an impressive 30 (retired).  Fergusson (15) was run out attempting an unlikely bye to the keeper Bruce Carpenter who was standing up to the wicket but Ian Hooper took on Ogle’s role with a barrage of attacking shots.  When he too retired on 30 not out Phil Barker (14 n.o.) and Sam Powell (13 n.o.) launched a blazing assault on the last two overs which yielded 31 runs.

  Powell kept up his fine work with an excellent spell of hostile seam bowling that yielded only 2 runs from 4 overs.  Joe Lee (2-23) was the perfect foil as he bowled Cherry and had Moore caught by Ogle at silly mid off from successive balls, but Trewren defended the hat trick ball with ease and settled in to play some useful leg side shots.  A sound partnership with Ralph Willoughby-Foster was worth 24 when Willoughby-Foster (14) chipped Barker tamely to mid off where Fisher took a good catch running in.  Barker (1-17) gave an exhibition of class slow left arm bowling in horrible, wet conditions and deserved more than one wicket as Trewren survived two apparently certain stumping appeals by keeper Fergusson.  Will Chandler (1-1) contributed a wicket in his one over and Carpenter (10 n.o.) survived two very confident lbw appeals but even though he and Trewren (32 n.o.) remained unbeaten the Council never looked like getting close to their target.