Match Reports




Doctors beat Taunton Deane Council by 6 wickets


TDBC             131 for 5


Doctors           135 for 4


  The Council’s innings began in circumspect fashion as Harry Lee and Robert Seymour were accuracy personified on a dry, hard Cannington strip.  Dill made the fatal mistake of taking on Lee at backward square leg and was never going to make it as the fielder swooped and sent in a fast, low throw to keeper Charles Macadam.  Phil Barker took a smart catch to give Seymour (1-18) a deserved wicket, but then Phil Andrews and John Pike took command in an excellent 50 partnership, made at a good rate, which formed a platform from which the middle order could attack.  Both batsmen retired on 32 and I.Hoskins and Kevin Dunn took up the cudgels.  Doctors’ bowlers kept plugging away and Hoskins (13) fell to a catch at extra cover by Lee off Peter Reed (1-40) and Dunn (11) was lbw to Tom Adcock.  Another fine catch by the ubiquitous Lee, this time at deep cow corner provided a second victim for Adcock (2-28) although C.Cox (23 n.o.) struck some good late blows to set a challenging target.


  John Bishop and Richard Budd saw off a good opening spell by Joel Clarkson until the advent of Pike saw the dismissal of Budd (10).  Peter Weaver was sure that he had found the edge of Charlie Granville’s bat but the umpire was sure that Granville had hit the ground and he survived – only to be bowled in the next over by Pike (2-14).  Bishop and Lee then played with consummate good sense in an aggressive but risk-free stand which mirrored the foundations laid in the Council’s innings.  When Bishop (30 n.o.) retired and Lee was bowled by Dunn there was still work to be done.  Tom Langston rattled off five boundaries and Phil Barker played an excellent captain’s innings to answer the challenge.  Langston (22) was caught and bowled by Dunn (2-19) just before the end but Barker (20 n.o.) shepherded his team to victory with 14 balls to spare.