Match Reports




Taunton Deane Council beat Doctors by 6 wickets


Doctors                          114 for 7


Taunton Deane Council   120 for 4


  Doctors suffered an early loss when Andrew Paisley was lbw to Simon Doyle and Will Chandler and Matt House were obliged to play carefully against quick and accurate seam bowling form Nick Collins, Louis Knight and John Pike.  Both batsmen played a number of elegant cover drives for one run and with the Wyvern Club pitch allowing movement off the seam it was a relief to the batsmen when Lever came on to bowl his looping off breaks.  Alas this proved to be the downfall of House (18), well caught by Dave Sizer on the long off boundary.  Justin Pepperell came in and provided some much need acceleration, belting the ball a very long way in a quickfire 26 (retired). Chandler’s patient innings of 19 came to a sad end when a shooter from Doyle (2-24) hit the bottom of his bat and deflected onto the stumps and thereafter only Ralph Hammond (16) made any impression as Lever (2-31) and Pike (3-10) took advantage of some tail-end slogging.


  D.Cook made his intentions plain with a six off the first ball of the innings and then survived a miscued repeat shot when he was dropped at midwicket.  Sam Powell was the bowler and this omen pointed the way to a good but unlucky spell as numerous top-edged shots dropped into vacant spaces.  Mike Smart, bowling uphill, was an excellent foil and he produced two crackerjack balls to bowl P.Andrews and Gareth Clifford.  Cook (26) retired and there followed a quieter period where Sizer (25) and Steve Hughes (26) milked the bowling for intelligently run singles.  Sizer survived a chance behind the wicket and a confident lbw shout off the next ball and both batsmen got away with several miscues.  When they retired in quick succession the Council needed 28 runs off the last 4 overs but two big sixes from Knight (20) made the job much easier before he was bowled, heaving at Charles Macadam (1-6).  Hammond (1-9) lured Pike into a top edge to Pepperell at short fine leg but with an over to spare Doyle finished the match in style with a six over midwicket.