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Taunton School Staff beat Doctors by 7 wickets


 

Doctors                        77 for 9

 

Taunton School            78 for 3

 

  The match started in drizzle and finished in heavy rain and proved to be equally depressing for Doctors who were thoroughly outplayed.  The School’s bowling was opened by leg spinner Simon Hogg (1-7) who had Alan Dunkley well stumped in his second over.  His partner A.Hallows (1-7) soon flattened David Gwynne Jones’ stumps and aggressive cameos from Nick Bray and Andrew Paisley were all too brief.  Even the normally assured Will Chandler looked scratchy to begin with and was fortunate to escape a series of inside edges past the stumps.  When Andrew Kennedy (3-9) bowled Dave Rooke and Ralph Hammond with successive balls retrenchment was needed, but although the batting order was potentially strong with batsmen all the way down to number nine wickets kept on tumbling.  On a low, slow pitch crying out for the use of a straight bat Doctors’ batsmen succumbed to a variety of unwise cross-batted shots with M.Jolliffe (2-22) and M.Ward (1-16) being residual beneficiaries.  At last Chandler found some support from Peter Reed and began to unfurl trademark straight and cover drives.  His undefeated 41 provided over half of his side’s total and without him there would have been no contest.

  Sam Powell’s opening spell was impressive but without reward and Barnaby Dowling obtained his usual inswing despite having to cope with a sodden, greasy ball.  Dowling (1-25) broke through when Gwynne Jones at square leg gathered in a steepling top edge and Peter Reed (1-13) and Phil Barker (1-14) came on and each took a wicket, the latter thanks to Nick Bray who held an even higher catch at mid on.   The match was taken away from the visitors by a swashbuckling innings from M.Cooke (30 n.o.) who defied the conditions and smashed the ball straight and through the covers.  The paucity of Doctors total soon became apparent and the School won with 3 overs to spare with Ward on 13 not out.