Match Reports




Taunton School Staff lost to Doctors by 6 runs

Doctors                        129 for 5


Taunton School            123 for 3


  Doctors were inserted on a firm, true Foxcombe wicket and were indebted to Keith Powell and Graham Fergusson for a controlled, fluent start.  Their partnership had amounted to 66 when Powell (28) was stumped as he attempted another characteristic pull shot off Simon Hogg and allowed his back foot to stray onto the popping crease. Fergusson was dominating the bowlers as only he can but was alas forced to retire on 40 not out which meant that Doctors’ middle order had to regroup against some challenging bowling from Jo Gwynne Jones and Hellier (1-22).   David Gwynne Jones all-too-brief cameo was ended when he was run out for the second time in two days, and Hogg (3-30) was principal beneficiary as wickets were sacrificed for quick runs.  Lusty hitting by Nick Bray (17) and Andrew Paisley (10 n.o.) guaranteed a useful total.


  Fergusson was centre stage again when he opened the bowling with his fizzing leg spin which imposed restraint on the eager school openers C.Williams and C.Large.   Williams began to use his feet well and for a time the boundaries flowed.  He too retired on 41 not out but Doctors were staring down the barrel at 77 for 0 when the off spin of Jeremy Budd (1-17) was introduced into the attack.  Results were immediate as Large (19) chipped him tamely to Bray at mid on and the game swung even further when the impressive John Down (1-15) came on at the other end.  Down’s command of line and length brought the run rate spiralling down and put great pressure on the later batsmen.  Sam Powell relieved him and kept up the pressure, aided by some athletic ground fielding, notably by the rejuvenated Keith Powell on the cover boundary.  The final overs were entrusted to vice captain Paisley (1-18) and he did not fail, taking a vital wicket thanks to a good stumping by Dave Rooke.  M.Vorster (35 n.o.) made valiant efforts to farm the bowling but by then the required rate was too high and the visitors eased home.