Match Reports




Doctors beat Taunton Deane Council by 7 wickets

Taunton Deane 137 for 3


Doctors                        138 for 3


  The Council chose to bat on another beautiful batting pitch and made a positive start.  They were checked when Ralph Willoughby–Foster was slow in turning for a second run and was well run out by a fine throw from James Murdoch at deep cover, well gathered by the bowler Jeremy Budd.  Harry Lee bowled well without any luck and Budd produced a spell of probing off breaks, but the substance of the Council innings was a fine stand between Steve Hughes and Scott Weetch.  Their partnership put on 92 runs in quick time and was adorned by stylish cover driving and excellent running between the wickets and at 115 for 1 with 6 overs left Doctors feared a mammoth total.  The breakthrough came when Hughes gave the charge to Peter Reed.  The bowler saw him coming and pushed the ball wide and Hughes (50) was only able to toe end the ball to Harry Lee at cover.  By taking the pace off the ball and using variations of pace and flight Reed (1-21) and Joe Lee were able to throttle the scoring rate and Doctors cause was aided when Weetch (54) was well run out when attempting an ambitious second run to Tom Hopkins at mid on.

   Colin Trewren and Nick Collins bowled a tight line and length at the start of Doctors innings.  Dave Rooke played a handsome extra-cover drive off Collins (1-19) and played exactly the same shot again next ball.  Unfortunately for him this ball was a yard quicker and took out his middle stump.  John Ogle and David Williamson then batted well against tight bowling and athletic fielding in a stand worth 64 for the second wicket.  There was again much handsome straight and cover driving although their running was at times eccentric.  It was this that led to the downfall of Ogle, run out for 36, and when Williamson (20) thin edged Nigel Gundry (1-25) to keeper Weetch in rapidly fading light the Council were favourites to win.  Murdoch and Graham Fergusson had no time to play themselves in but Fergusson demonstrated night vision of a superior kind by hitting his first two balls for four and six.  Suddenly it was the fielders who were suffering from the bad light as the ball whistled past them before they had time to react.  Such was the batsmen’s dominance that, having needed 69 at more than 9 an over the target was achieved with 11 balls to spare.  Fergusson scored off every ball that he faced and the figures of Murdoch’s 26 not out off 17 balls and Fergusson’s 40 not out off 18 balls told their own story.  Fergusson’s batting average for 2003 is now 110.6. The quality of the Cannington wicket is illustrated by the figures from Doctors’ last two 20 over matches: a total of 587 runs scored and only 7 wickets taken by the bowlers.