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Doctors lost to Sedgemoor Unison by 10 runs


Unison 114 for 4

 

Doctors            104 for 6

 

 

  Unison chose to bat in gloomy, overcast conditions at Cannington and were given a positive start by Andrew Searle and Andrew Frick.  Searle (15) survived a chance to long off from the bowling of Robin Irvine and Frick (28) a confident shout for a catch to keeper Graham Fergusson off Harry Lee, but both found the boundary with a series of good shots and the score had passed 50 when both openers perished in identical fashion, sallying down the wicket to the wily Irvine (2-18), beaten in the flight, and expertly stumped by Fergusson.  Mike Smart bowled a good containing spell and there were strange exhortations in Afrikaans as South Africans Alwyn Malan and Quinton Button made a careful reconnaissance before opening up their range of shots.  Malan (14) departed to a nonchalant caught and bowled by Jeremy Budd (1-25) but Button and Tim Mander played some enterprising and inventive cricket to keep the score moving against tight bowling from Joe Lee and Peter Reed.  Button (21) played one cross batted shot too many and was caught and bowled by Reed (1-14) and Mander (20) was run out by a smart piece of fielding by Budd, and the final total of 114 was about par for the conditions.

 

  Rob Adcock was the victim of an excellent catch at midwicket off A.Noon but Andrew Paisley and James Murdoch rattled along at 6 an over.   Paisley (19) lost concentration and his ambitious drive off Noon (2-28) top edged to cover where two fielders converged and despite a heavy collision the ball was held.  This brought in Fergusson to give a vintage display of cover driving.  With able assistance from Murdoch’s array of drives and pull shots Doctors were in command, but when both batsmen were obliged to retire on 30 not out the picture changed.  The home side only needed 4 an over from the last 6 overs but Kevin Chorley (1-28) removed the dangerous Tom Hopkins and when Frick and Searle changed from seam up to off spin the runs dried up dramatically.  The killer spell was bowled by Gary Stone whose booming, leaping off breaks went for only 2 runs in 2 overs and meant that 11 runs were needed from the final over.  The pressure told and a catch and a stumping for keeper Malan off Searle (2-28) ensured victory for Unison with Doctors only having scored 13 from the last 4 overs.