Match Reports




Doctors lost to Taunton School Staff by 8 wickets


Doctors                        61 all out


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.