lost to Taunton School Staff by 8 wickets
Taunton School 62 for 2
Doctors have become used to slow starts to
the season but after being put in to bat on a soggy Cannington track their
batsmen showed signs of remaining in deep hibernation. The School team sheet was packed with young
bowlers with the ability to bowl length and line and the low bounce and
excruciating slowness of the pitch did the rest. Will Chandler was
caught and bowled by T.Abell (1-10) and Graham Fergusson was bowled by a
shooter from R.Debenham (1-14). Luke
Waller (4-10) came on to bowl off breaks and although the turn was slow it
was prodigious enough to account for a succession of middle order batsmen
whose footwork resembled that of a bear emerging from a long winter
sleep. The only batsman to play well
was Andrew Dodden (23) whose clean striking eventually proved his downfall
when he picked out the lone deep midwicket fielder with a shot which if had
not been caught would have gone for six.
The lower order fared no better as C.Chalcraft (1-8) chipped in with a
wicket and W.Abell (2-5) used his low trajectory well to exploit the lack of
bounce. Simon Hogg (1-3) took the
tenth wicket with the last ball of the final over and seven Doctors batsmen
were clean bowled.
As is often the case when sides are chasing a low total the demons in
the pitch seemed to vanish as M.Abell stroked the first two balls of the
innings to the mid off boundary. His
partner B.House used up a bit of good fortune but with both batsmen hitting
boundaries at will the score raced to 40 off 6 overs and both batsmen retired,
Abell on 25 and House on 27. Doctors
thereupon took two quick wickets courtesy of a run out by Keith Powell and an
act of charity by batsman Nick Bray who smashed down his stumps when
defending a ball from Phil Barker (1-8).
Chalcraft sealed victory with successive fours as Doctors were
thrashed by their bogey team for the fifth time in a row.