Match Reports




Doctors beat Sedgemoor Unison by 8 runs


Doctors            125 for 6


Unison 117 for 8


  Doctors got off to a flier as Ali Witts took 21, including 2 sixes and a five, from the first over bowled by the normally frugal Nigel Osborne.  Witts’ dazzling display of cuts and pulls was so dominant that after 5 overs he was obliged to retire on 42 not out with the total on 48.  Osborne came back well to bowl three tidy overs and Gary Stone (1-24) removed Rob Adcock, caught at point by Osborne.  This led to a brisk stand of 30 between Jeremy Budd (19) and David Gwynne Jones (11), the highlights of which were a glorious straight drive by Budd off Stone and a savage pull by Gwynne Jones off Chris Upham.  Both batsmen were bowled by Chan Deep Walia (2-13) and as he and Upham kept the brakes on the scoring rate Ralph Hammond and Will Chandler had to produce brisk cameos to ensure a respectable total.  Hammond (13) was unable to complete a kamikaze single and Chandler (15) also perished in the quest for quick runs, bowled by Mike Caswell.  This meant that last week’s batting hero Graham Fergusson had only two balls to face and the mighty fell to Caswell (2-19), bowled first ball.


  Peter Reed took an early wicket as Unison replied but Stone and Quinton Button took the attack to the bowlers until Stone (15) gave the charge to Reed (2-35) and was well stumped by Budd..  Kevin Chorley joined Button and produced an exhibition of clean driving and pulling which sent the run rate soaring.  Fergusson and captain Phil Barker came on to restore a bit of order and Fergusson’s excellent spell was rewarded with the wicket of Button (24), clean bowled.  Chorley (40 n.o.) continued to play shots until he had to retire with the score on 88 for 3 after 11 overs.  The total would have been even higher but for some fine outfielding, notably by Witts at deep cover.  With Unison seemingly cruising to victory the course of the match was profoundly altered by Chandler (3-9) who took three wickets in his first over, the first one thanks to a fine diving catch by John Ogle at short midwicket.  Nigel Roderick (11) maintained Unison’s chances until he was run out, but Barker (1-16) dismissed Chan Deep thanks to another Budd stumping as he and Chandler put a stranglehold on run scoring.  Gwynne Jones bowled an excellent over at the death and the task of scoring 16 from the final over proved too much.