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Doctors lost to Taunton School Staff by 7 wickets


Doctors                        84 all out

 

Taunton School            85 for 3

 

  Doctors went through the entire 2003 season without losing a fixture to rain and so cannot really complain that their first 3 matches in 2004 have been rained off.  When they finally got onto the field against a young and athletic Taunton School Staff side the rust was much in evidence and Doctors were outplayed in all departments of the game.  The rot set in when Graham Fergusson was bowled off his pads by a ball from C.Hudson which would have missed leg stump by 2 feet and Dave Rooke miss-hit a long hop from A.James (2-15) straight to mid wicket.  John Ogle (16) was the one batsman to look in touch until he edged another legside delivery from Hudson (2-9) onto his pads with just enough force to trickle into the stumps and dislodge a bail.  Nick Bray (17) launched a violent but all-too-brief assault on the bowling and at 54 for 3 from 8 overs Doctors were looking good.  This was the high point of the innings as Bray became the first of 3 run out victims when attempting a supremely optimistic single to the keeper, and the lower order collapsed against D.Rogers (1-19) and Simon Hogg (2-11) who finished off the innings. Tom Hopkins (15 n.o.) played a fluent and sensible innings but sadly ran out of partners with one over unused.

  The ultra-consistent John Down (1-10) produced his usual fine opening spell, rewarded with the wicket of the dangerous M.Cook, bowled middle stump.  There followed the curious sight of batsman D.Tarr being given out by both umpires off the bowling of Mike Smart (1-29) when keeper Fergusson, having accepted a catch off a faint nick, made absolutely sure by effecting a lightening fast stumping.  This was as good as it got for Doctors, despite a classical off spinner’s wicket for Jeremy Budd (1-20) who lured G.Copley (17) down the wicket and bowled him.  C.Large (34 n.o.) and Luke Waller (13 n.o.) knocked off the remaining runs with no trouble and 6 overs in hand.