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Doctors lost to Taunton School Staff by 17 runs


 

Taunton School†††††††††† 135 for 7

 

Doctors†††††††††† ††††††††††† 118 for 6

 

Matt Abell (15) looked a class act as he creamed the ball to all parts but succumbed to over-confidence when he came down the wicket to Phil Barker (1-27).The bowler saw him coming and he was well stumped by Graham Fergusson off a wide.Mike Cook (20) played aggressively until he was bowled by a yorker from Ed Johnson (1-30) and then a fine stand between Cyril Kelly (30 retired) and Lucy Turner (31 retired) gave the innings real substance.At 84 for 2 after 11 overs on a flat wicket on which anything a fraction short sat up to be hit Doctors feared a huge total but they came back strongly in the second half of the innings thanks to excellent spells from Will Chandler (2-5) and Sam Powell.Fergusson starred with a faultless display behind the stumps, the highlight of which was a brilliant, diving, legside catch off Powell (1-15) to dismiss Dave Tarr. Imogen Mann (2-27) bowled a nerveless final over for just one run and 2 wickets courtesy of a catch and another stumping by the irrepressible Fergusson.

136 seemed a very gettable target but the school opened the bowling with spinners Luke Waller (1-10) and Andy Ford (1-23) who were hard to get away and who accounted for Doctorsí openers.Fergusson and Chandler rebuilt patiently and were in supreme control until the turning point in the match when Chandler (11) underestimated the athleticism of keeper Tarr and was stranded half way down the wicket by his throw back to the bowler.Fergusson confirmed his credentials as Doctorsí man-of-the-match with a fine 31 (retired) but Doctors never got to grips with the unusual action of B.Horbury (1-14) and never caught up with the required run rate despite a well-struck 30 from Johnson and a useful 17 from Andrew Paisley. When they fell to Simon Hogg (1-27) and Kelly (1-11) the overs had run out.