Match Reports




Sedgemoor Unison tied with Doctors

Unison 156 all out


Doctors            156 for 6



  Unison were put in to bat on an excellent British Cellophane batting strip and Gary Stone and Australian import Andrew Frick thrashed Doctors usually frugal opening bowlers in an explosive start.  The bowlers rued two difficult dropped chances and an inside edge from Frick that just missed the stumps but after the 11th over the score was 112 for 0 with both openers having retired and Rob Hake and Steve Rybaruk continuing the carnage.  The long awaited breakthrough came when Rybaruk (19) was run out by a smart piece of fielding at long off - by Mike Smart, and when Hake (36 n.o.) became the third retiree Sam Powell (1-29) and Peter Reed (1-34) were able to establish control.  A.Malan contributed 10 but Smart (2-6) and Jeremy Budd (2-14) kept the lid on the scoring rate by taking regular wickets, the latter assisted by the usual dynamic stumping from keeper Graham Fergusson.  When the retired batsmen came back in Frick (45) took up where he had left off until he was clean bowled by a very good ball from Richard Gower.  Gower (3-35) then dismissed Stone (31) and Nigel Osborne in the course of a splendid final over which completed a remarkable comeback for the visiting side.


  Osborne (1-26) struck early for Unison but Gower (20) led Doctors assault with an aggressive innings which was only halted by an excellent reflex catch by Frick at short leg from a full blooded drive off Hake (1-39).  Fergusson joined James Murdoch and it was Doctors batsmen’s turn to establish supremacy over the bowling.  Effortlessly they took the score to 110 for 2 whereupon both were obliged to retire on 30 not out during the course of the same over. Dave Rooke contributed a valuable 16 then two quick wickets for Frick (1-17) and Stone (1-28) put Unison on top.  The balance swung again as Sam Powell and Sam Gover showed the fearlessness of youth with bold hitting in a crucial stand which brought the match to a climax with 8 needed from the last over.  A two, a single and the sacrificial run out of Gover (10) brought it down to 5 off 2 balls and four byes from the penultimate ball made Doctors favourites, but Powell missed the final ball and inexplicably did not set off at once for the bye that would have won the match.  Keeper Malan threw to bowler Stone and Powell (26) was run out with the scores level.