Match Reports




Taunton School Staff beat Doctors by 6 runs


Taunton School            127 for 4


Doctors                        121 for 6



  The start of the School innings paralleled Graham Gooch’s observation that batting against New Zealand was like facing a World XI at one end and Ilford Seconds at the other.   Ali Witts’ immaculate line and length emulated Sir Richard Hadlee while at the other end Craig Williams’ fluent driving and pulling treated the bowling with disdain.  Witts (4o, 1m, 4r, 1w) caught and bowled Cyril Kelly and Williams retired on 37 and for a while Simon Hogg and Mike Cook opted for sensible accumulation.  Both batsmen were beginning to open out when Hogg (30 n.o.) was obliged to retire.  Doctors obtained sorely needed control thanks to an excellent bowling partnership from the Chandler family.  Cook (19) was caught off the glove by keeper Graham Fergusson off Will Chandler and the same bowler accounted for Lucy Turner (13) and Chris Davenport, the latter expertly stumped by Fergusson.  Tom Chandler marked his 13th birthday with a controlled spell of wrist spin and was unlucky to go without a wicket.


  Doctors made an agonisingly slow start against Chris Chalcraft (1-16) and Declan Rogers and after six overs the score was 16 for 1.  Fergusson (11) hit two blistering fours and was then run out by a direct hit from point by Chalcraft and for the second week running Doctors were indebted to the explosive striking of Justin Pepperell.  His volley of six boundaries brought the visitors back into the game as Charles Macadam gave useful support but when Pepperell (30 n.o.) retired the target was still a stiff 58 from 7 overs.   Macadam (22) fell to Davenport (1-22) and in gloomy conditions Ali Witts (18) and Will Chandler (12 n.o.), batting unusually low in the order, had much to do against the pace of Davenport and Dave Tarr.  Both batsmen struck the ball well and ran hard but boundaries were hard to find and Hogg (2-14) was able to cash in on some desperate strokes as the overs ran out.