Match Reports




Doctors beat Sedgemoor Unison by 8 wickets


Unison            111 for 8


Doctors            115 for 2


  Doctors’ captain Jeremy Budd chose to open with his recently formed bowling partnership of Phil Barker and Peter Reed after Unison had opted to bat first on a fine, breezy evening at Cannington.  The decision was spectacularly successful as the combination of swing and off cutters from Reed (3-11) and unplayable swing in both directions from Barker (2-5) reduced the visitors to 15 for 5 after 4 overs.  Quinton Button and Duncan Harvey led a spirited fightback and took the score to 76 after 11 overs, whereupon Harvey (17) fell to David Williamson (1-12), caught by James Powell running in from mid off.   Lee Gannicott, having hit two sparkling boundaries, perished to a hook shot off the pumped-up Sam Powell (1-4) as Ralph Hammond took a super catch over his shoulder running back to fine leg and then Keith Powell capped an increasingly energetic fielding display with a good direct-hit run out.  Button, having been untroubled throughout, retired on 30 not out and left Neil Anderson (16 n.o.) to supervise the tail.


  Nigel Osborne (1-22) gave a good impersonation of Glen McGrath in his opening spell and was rewarded with the wicket of Hammond, clean bowled.  Barker exuded calm authority and having seen off the opening threat of Osborne and Button formed a productive partnership with James Powell whose entertaining cameo showed that he has been picking up hints from watching the England team.  Powell (18) was caught behind off Mike Caswell (1-12) and Barker (30 n.o.) retired, but Adrian Fisher (28 n.o.) and Andrew Dodden (17 n.o.) showed their quality as they calmly knocked off the remaining runs without giving a chance.