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Doctors beat Taunton Deane Council by 97 runs


 

Doctors ††††††††† 193 for 3

 

TDBC†††††††††††† 96 for 8

 

The Cannington pitch and outfield was damp and slow but skipper Sam Powell countered this by batting a yard out of his crease and lofting the ball over the infield in some style. Graham Fergusson eased along at the other end until Powell (33 n.o.) retired and then Fergusson accelerated away.When he too retired on 33 there was a brief hiatus as Peter Weaver and Dave Sizer (1-26 both took wickets.The respite did not last long as Will Griffiths and John Bishop laid into the bowling with relish.Bishopís innings of 34 (retired) was made off 8 balls and contained an outrageous all-run 6.After that even an excellent attacking partnership between Griffiths (32 retired) and Harry Lee (33 retired) seemed slightly tame.Weaver (1-68) suffered a frustrating match as the ball kept sailing just over deep midwicketís head and then watched as Oliver Budd deposited his first and only ball from Chris Cox (1-29) into the same fielderís hands.

 

The Councilís pursuit of their daunting target was torpedoed almost before it had started as Oliver Buddís wrist spin accounted for the first three batsmen for ducks.Full tosses gained the first two victims as Powell and Richard Budd took straightforward catches but the third victim Matt Wilde was bowled by a beauty.In contrast to this mayhem Dave Cook was untroubled and played a number of handsome drives.When Budd (3-17) finished his spell he was replaced by Peter Reed (3-12) who took an instant liking to the bowling conditions and grabbed three more wickets, the first of which was an excellent catch by keeper Fergusson who was standing up to the wicket.Cook retired with a well made 32 not out and Powell (1-7) and Andrew Paisley (1-11) applied further pressure.None of the other batsmen reached double figures until Phil Barker (15 n.o.) played a stylish cameo in the gathering gloom.