Match Reports




Doctors lost to Sedgemoor Unison by 5 wickets

Doctors      96 for 9


Unison       97 for 5


  Doctors won the toss and chose first use of a very slow, damp strip.  Chris Upham (2-16) showed the virtues of line and length and made early incisions, one via a sharp, one handed return catch.  Nigel Osborne (1-17) was his usual parsimonious self and profited when Mike Sullivan played too early at a rare long hop and top edged the ball to midwicket.  Doctors were forced to graft for runs but from the nadir of 20 for 3 David Gwynne Jones and Sam Powell gradually loosened the shackles in a stand of 36.  Just as they were getting on top Gwynne Jones (26) played round a straight ball from the accurate Peter Izzard (2-18).  Powell (18) won his personal competition with Sullivan to see who could get out to the worst ball when he hammered a short ball from Chris Rossiter (1-19) into the hands of P.Nourse at square leg.  The lower order had to scramble runs where they could and Duncan Harvey ((2-14) profited from their excesses.  The innings ended on a comic note when John Down and Peter Reed ran 5 from the final ball.


  John Down and Mike Sullivan bowled a fine opening spell in harness.  Gary Stone drove and pulled Down (2-24) for fours from successive balls but the bowler showed his character with his next ball which shattered the stumps.  Sullivan bowled three overs for a wicket and three runs but Steve Rybaruk and captain Tim Mander put together a pragmatic response full of judicious driving and sharp singles until Steve Dorrett (1-14) parted them by bowling Rybaruk (13) off his pads.  Mander (29) played an archetypal captain’s innings with good support from Nourse (14) but when Mander was run out by keeper Dave Rooke’s athletic swoop and throw to the bowler’s end the match was in the balance.  Twenty six were needed from the last three overs but the dependable Harvey (16 n.o.) found the straight boundary for four and six to give his side the big over they needed.  The 17th over yielded 15 runs and the match was virtually over.  Down returned to claim a last wicket but the match was settled with 5 balls to spare.