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Taunton School Staff lost to Doctors by 21 runs


 

Doctors                       141for 2

 

Taunton School           120 for 7

 

  Doctors’ openers John Bishop and Andrew Paisley had to be very watchful as Angus and Andy Ratcliffe extracted sideways movement, the former at some pace, from the normally batsman-friendly school wicket.  Having collected 16 from the first two overs, mostly via the aerial route, Bishop was too early on a drive to Ratcliffe (1-22) and was well held by the back-pedalling Simon Hogg at mid off.  Paisley and John Ogle then compiled what turned out to be a match winning partnership in which due caution was leavened with the occasional stylish boundary.  Luke Waller (1-10) made light of a knee injury to bowl a tight spell of off spin and when Paisley (30 n.o.) retired he struck with his next ball when Harry Lee was unluckily bowled off an outside edge.  Ogle soon retired on 31 not out and Keith Powell (20 n.o.) was able to celebrate his 59th birthday in style as, in company with the youthful Ed Johnson (14 n.o.), he added 34 from the last 3 overs.

  Craig Williams’ classical method and M.Abell’s less orthodox technique put on 26 effortless runs until Abell (10) lofted Phil Barker to mid on where Richard Budd took a good catch running in.  Sam Powell (1-20) claimed the prize wicket of Williams (22), bowled by a quick ball of full length and when Barker (2-19) took another well-deserved wicket the pressure was on the home team. It showed when keeper Bishop threw down the stumps at the bowlers end to run out Cyril Kelly but Hudson and Hogg (22) staged a spirited fight back.  Hudson mixed sweetly struck blows with some less well timed efforts and was perhaps slightly fortunate to return to the pavilion unbeaten on 31 when his last shot was dropped at deep midwicket and the ball plopped over the boundary for six.  Hogg’s familiar mixture of placement and running was ended by a fine ball from Bishop (1-9) who had now relinquished wicketkeeping duties to the birthday Powell.  The need to score 51 from the last 4 overs led to some kamikaze running as Angus made the fatal error of taking on Lee and Waller was run out by a fine throw form Ed Johnson at deep midwicket. Radcliffe (13 n.o.) whacked a couple of fours in the final over but by then the game was up.