Match Reports




Taunton Deane Council lost to Doctors by 26 runs

Doctors                                   96 for 8


Taunton Deane Council          70 all out


  Doctors won the toss and chose to bat.  Nick Collins (1-7) and Simon Doyle (1-14) made good use of a Wyvern Club pitch that offered low, variable bounce and lateral movement and with the score on 13 for 2 Dave Williamson and Graham Fergusson had to retrench.  Runs had to be eked out against good fielding and canny field placement and the score had crept up to 69 when both batsmen retired on identical scores of 32 not out.  The true value of these contributions only became apparent when the Doctors’ middle order collapsed to a selection of ambitious shots against Kevin Dunn (2-35) and Peter Weaver (2-23).  None of the other batsmen reached double figures as Steve Hughes (1-6) and John Pike (1-3) cashed in at the end and the final score of 96 looked to be below par. 

  That was the case until Sam Powell got to work.  The Council innings had begun well with 17 runs from the first two overs but Powell, steaming in with re-discovered zest hit the bat hard and the rot set in when Pike slapped the third ball of his second over straight to Tom Eve at cover.  With Eve providing good bowling support at the other end Powell’s electrifying, match-winning spell produced figures of 5 for 8.  The home team were tottering at 34 for 5 but with a low score to chase the game was still open – until change bowlers Peter Reed, with a wicket maiden, and Fergusson (2-0), with a double wicket maiden, made it 34 for 8.  Tom Chandler’s excellent bowling went unrewarded as Bruce Carpenter (11 n.o.) and Weaver (10) showed their colleagues how to accumulate runs but the return of Reed (2-4) and Phil Barker (1-7) finished off the innings.