Match Reports




Taunton Deane Council lost to Doctors by 6 wickets


TDBC             137 for 8


Doctors           139 for 4


    Having lost the toss Doctors’ bowlers set to work with a will.  Robert Seymour bowled D.Cook in the first over and Phil Barker (1-12), who can’t stop taking wickets this season, dispatched the dangerous Phil Andrews thanks to a sure, low catch by Andrew Paisley at point.  Seymour’s figures of 1 for 28 did not do him justice as Louis Knight (25 retired) got his team back into contention with an attacking innings.  The pendulum swung back thanks to key strikes by Charles Macadam (1-24), whose first ball pinned star batsman John Pike lbw, and Peter Reed (2-23) via a twisting, leaping catch by keeper Georgina Adcock.  It swung again as Kevin Dunn and L.Watkins (26 retired) put together a vital partnership. Tom Adcock (2-24) came on to bowl an excellent spell in which he bowled Dunn (23) and Dave Sizer but a sensible cameo from Peter Weaver guided the council to a par total.  Weaver (18) was bowled by the deserving Chris Griffiths (1-18) just before the innings closed.


   Paisley (13) and Robert Adcock (18) began the reply with a partnership of 42 at eight an over until both fell in quick succession to Sizer (2-6) who was the pick of the home bowlers.  The pick of the batsmen was undoubtedly Griffiths (32 retired) with an innings full of sumptuous straight drives and concluded with two soaring straight sixes over the pavilion roof and into the potato field beyond.  Tom Langston’s excellent innings of 14 was terminated by a rush of blood when he was bowled by I.Watkins (1-19) attempting an outrageous ‘dilscoop’.  There was still much to do as Barker and Georgina Adcock fended off a fast, hostile and economical spell from Pike but Adcock (23) was opening out with some style when, with victory in sight, she was hit on the pads by L.Watkins (1-13).  The crowd knew that she must have been plumb lbw because the umpire who gave her out was her father Robert.  24 runs were needed from the last four overs but a solid captain’s innings from Barker (14 n.o.) helped to bring this down to 6 off the last over.  The first four balls from Watkins yielded only a single but Tom Adcock proved that he had just been toying with the bowling by slapping the penultimate ball into the gardens beyond the extra cover boundary for the match-winning six.