Match Reports




Taunton School Staff beat Doctors by 14 runs


Taunton School           119 for 4


Doctors                      105 for 9


    On the habitually good Taunton School batting wicket openers R.Wood and Luke Waller cruised along at 5 an over without taking any undue risks.  Sam Powell and Peter Reed bowled economically but it wasn’t until the 9th over that Doctors took the first wicket when Wood (22) was bowled off his pads by Tom Adcock (1-17).  Waller retired on 30 but J.Cameron and Lucy Turner kept the scoreboard ticking until Turner (19) was bowled by the excellent Phil Barker (1-13).  The curse of the pink ball continued to afflict Doctors’ catching as three chances were shelled but the ground fielding was excellent. Cameron (14) made a mistake that many others have made in the past when he tried a sharp single to the predatory Harry Lee who scored a direct hit, and A.Kirby was the victim of a fine throw from long off by Sam Powell.  Doctors were unable to make any further inroads as Simon Hogg (15 n.o.) lifted his side to a respectable total.


   The Doctors’ reply began badly when Harry Serle’s first ever ball in cricket was gloved by Rob Adcock and held by keeper Dave Tarr as he ran back and dived.  Andrew Pring took an early wicket but Keith Powell and Lee fought back and were establishing a good platform when Powell (15) was bowled by Pring (2-19).  Doctors’ hopes rested on Lee (16) and Sam Powell but disaster struck when both were caught by Tarr off Cyril Kelly (2-27).  Dave Rooke got an edge to an excellent ball from Dan Godfrey (1-3) which was very well taken by the ubiquitous Tarr as it flew past his right ear.  From this nadir Barker and David Gwynne Jones mounted a sterling rearguard action which put Doctors back into the match.  An improbable victory was tantalisingly within view when Gwynne Jones (14) was run out and wickets for Kirby (1-17) and Hogg (1-13) snuffed out the revival.  Barker was left high and dry on 26 not out.