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Taunton School Staff beat Doctors by 27 runs


 

Taunton School†††††††††† 152 for 4

 

Doctors†††††††††† †† †††††††† 125 for 6

 

Doctorsí opening bowlers Phil Barker and debutant Steve Bull bowled well and beat the bat regularly on an excellent school batting track.Barker (1-20) induced a steepling top edge from headmaster J.Newton which was safely pouched by keeper Graham Fergusson.A.Pring, having survived what looked to be a certain run out appeal, played well in partnership with N.Evans and after the opening salvos honours were even.Pring (20) fell to a faint edge to the keeper off Peter Reed (2-26) and the same bowler accounted for Lucy Turner (10) thanks to a good, low catch at cover by Barker.Evans retired with a classy, effortless 30 not out as did his successor R.Godfrey.Tom Eve (1-28) caught and bowled D.House but Doctorsí bowling and fielding was erratic.A curiosity of the innings was that all of the catches were excellent but each fielder that took a catch also dropped one.The wise old heads of Cyril Kelly (20 n.o.) and Simon Hogg (16 n.o.) cajoled enough runs from the final 5 overs to ensure a stiff target and Doctors felt that they had conceded 20 to 30 runs more than they should have done.

Fergusson and Sam Powell applied themselves to the run chase with vigour in an excellent half century opening stand at 8 an over.Powell (24), having hit 2 fours and a six succumbed to an excess of testosterone which led to a skier off Davey (1-28) that was well taken, over his shoulder, by House.Fergusson (30 n.o.) retired and the run rate slowed as Tom Langston was run out, Andrew Paisley was caught off Hailey (1-17) and Eve initially struggled to pick the ball up.John Ogle played fluently and Eve moved up through the gears and Doctors were back in contention when Ogle (16) was run out and Eve (31 n.o.) retired.The pressure on the new batsmen to score at over ten an over led to more calamities as Barker was run out and Alan Dunkley was caught of Pring (1-16) so that in the end the Schoolís margin of victory was comfortable.