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Sedgemoor Unison lost to Bridgwater Doctors by 7 wickets

Unison 92 all out

Doctors 95 for 3

The match was shortened by a downpour before the start which soaked the pitch but Unison elected to bat first and made an electric start as Gary Stone and Roger Hake battered 32 off the first 3 overs of woeful Doctors bowling and fielding. The visitors pulled themselves together in the nick of time as Sam Powell (1-30) bowled Hake and the introduction of John Down into the attack restored the normal order of things. There was a fascinating duel as Stone and Rob Hake mixed watchful defence with handsome drives until the key over in the match when Down removed both, Stone (26) via an LBW decision which prompted a furious bat throwing tantrum on the way back to the pavilion and Hake (17) excellently caught by diving keeper James Gass. The bounce of the ball was extremely variable on the damp surface; conditions supremely exploited by Down whose spell of 4 overs yielded figures of 4 for 9. Sam Powell effected a calm run out from square leg and the stranglehold was maintained for rest of the innings by some beautifully crafted swing bowling by Phil Barker (2-11), ably supported by Peter Reed (1-10). Of the other batsmen only John Inman (11 n.o.) made it into double figures.

At the start of the second innings both sides felt that they were in with a chance and a challenging opening burst by the hostile Stone and the guileful Peter Izzard demanded respect. Having weathered the storm John Ogle and Andrew Paisley began to find the boundary and, as the fielders were consequently moved deeper, were able to push singles into the gaps. Their partnership was worth 40 when Paisley (14) carelessly ran himself out, unwisely inviting Stone to shy at the bowler’s end wicket from mid on. Keith Powell (10) looked comfortable until he played an untypically ugly heave at Rob Hake and lost his leg stump. Ogle was in imperious form and revealed an array of glorious drives and subtle leg glances. When he was obliged to retire on 32, there was a glimmer of hope for Unison as Hake (2-28) took another quick wicket but Doctors’ "finishers" Sam Powell (16 n.o.) and Jeremy Budd (8 n.o.) once again did their job in style and the match was won with 14 balls in hand.