Match Reports




Doctors lost to Taunton School Staff by 5 wickets


Doctors                        126 for 6


Taunton School            130 for 5



  Doctors’ openers were made to graft for every run against a classy opening spell by Jimmy Beale (4 overs, 1 maiden, 4 runs for 2 wickets) whose sharp, metronomically accurate seamers were impossible to get away.  Keith Powell, seemingly pleased to face less demanding bowling, compounded the problems by attempting a supremely optimistic second run to Beale at fine leg which left Doctors struggling at 29 for 3.  Andrew Paisley fell to a good catch by keeper Dave Tarr, standing up to the bowling of Declan Rogers (1-21) which left Graham Fergusson and Sam Powell in a familiar position of damage repairers.  Their stand was beginning to flourish when Fergusson (19) chased a very wide leg side delivery from L.Turner (1-21) and gloved it to Tarr.  Andrew Dodden joined Powell and these two young batsmen gave an exhibition of cultured strokeplay to their elders in a partnership of 60 that lifted the home side to a par total of 126.  With two balls left Powell (36) was stumped by Tarr off Simon Hogg (1-31) and Dodden finished on 33 not out.


  Sam Powell’s opening spell matched that of Beale in hostility and accuracy although he went wicketless.  At the other end David Gwynne Jones (2-16) produced four overs of guileful medium pace which accounted for Cyril Kelly and Chris Davenport (10), and when Dodden (1-36) bowled Newton (15) the match was in the balance.  Enter Tarr, who has been Doctors’ nemesis on more than one occasion, who embarked on a one man demolition job against all that Doctors’ bowlers could produce.  With negligible support from the other end Tarr’s mixture of audacious and classical hitting all round the ground propelled the School into ascendancy.  A run out and tight bowling by Fergusson (1-9) managed to temporarily stem the flow until Hogg (14 n.o.) joined the triumphant Tarr (71 n.o.) to finish the match with an over to spare.