Match Reports




Doctors lost to Taunton School by 26 runs


Taunton School            143 for 7


Doctors                        117 all out



  The School Staff started their innings at a blistering pace as Craig Williams (39) took advantage of attacking field placings to sprint to 39, an innings studded with high class driven boundaries.  Potter (12) played an exclusively leg-side innings until he top-edged Peter Reed (2-39) to keeper Graham Fergusson and the same bowler claimed another wicket thanks to a fine running catch by Ralph Hammond at third man.  Hammond and Andrew Jeanes apart, Doctors’ fielding was below par as catches were put down and the ground fielding was, at times, sloppy.  Tarr (40 n.o.) and Luke Waller (13) put the visitors into a dominant position at 108 off 11 overs with another blitzkrieg of boundaries until the latter was bowled by a classic off break by Jeremy Budd (1-8).  From this position Doctors did well to stem the run flow thanks to wickets from Jeanes and James Murdoch (1-15).  Jeanes (3-13) was also the pick of the bowlers and got the key wicket of Simon Hogg thanks to a good running catch at deep midwicket by Wayne Pither.


  Doctors’ reply began disastrously as Hammond was stumped off the second ball from Hogg (1-18) and Adrian Fisher was run out attempting a non-existent single.  Fergusson and Murdoch started the rebuild with well judged singles and Doctors were getting on terms when Fergusson (15) chased a very wide ball from Davenport (1-21) and was well caught by Tarr running back from cover.  Pither (13) came in and kept the score ticking over until the turning point of the match when he was brilliantly caught by Mellor at midwicket from a full blooded pull off Tarr.  In the deepening dusk and with thunder and lightening nearby the new batsmen found it impossible to score off Tarr’s quick and straight bowling and Doctors’ hopes centred on Murdoch.  His splendid innings of 53 was perfectly paced but there was a rattle of wickets at the other end as Hudson (2-10) and Cyril Kelly (1-21) exploited the gloom.  The pressure eventually told as Murdoch attempted an ambitious drive at Tarr and lost his off stump.   Man of the match Tarr finished with 3 for 14.