Sunday 22 June 2014 

Taunton Slump To First Defeat

Taunton Slump To First Defeat
Taunton Slump To First Defeat
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Taunton slumped to their first defeat of the season when Midsomer Norton handed them a six-wicket loss.

Australian Chris Davenport carried on from where he left off in midweek with a maiden league half-century in Taunton colours, but could not prevent the visitors posting a below par 178.
 
In reply the hosts were relatively comfortable throughout and reached their victory target with more than 12 overs to spare.

Jack Cooper’s men travelled to Withies Lane having not played a league game for the best part of a month thanks to the weather.
 
But after three washouts in a row the sun was shining as openers Josh Kelly and Jon Kerslake made their way to the middle.
 
And the pair made a steady start before Kerslake (8), filling in for the absent Tom Abell, fell to Andrew Cox.
 
This brought Davenport to the crease who, fresh from his battling half-century in a cup clash against local rivals Taunton Deane two days earlier, immediately settled into his stride.
 
At the other end Kelly looked in good touch, but having crashed three boundaries in successive balls went for one shot too many and fell to Harry Voight for a well made 26.
 
Shortly afterwards the visitors were three down when the skipper was adjudged LBW trying to sweep Nick Pang having survived a huge appeal the previous delivery.
 
Rob Hake (20) then looked in great touch before nicking an Alexis Davis delivery to a grateful Pang, before George Cook (9), Rob Dickins (0) and Si Stewart (4) all fell in quick succession to leave Taunton in trouble.
 
A run-a-ball 31 from Graham Fitt gave the Taunton innings some late impetus, but despite the best efforts of Davenport (56) the away side stumbled to 178 all out with just 41.4 overs bowled.
 
Early wickets were the order of the day as spin twins Chris Greenwood and Fitt took the new ball.
 
And Fitt duly obliged having Alex Lear snaffled by George Cook at short leg for just two.
 
That was as good as it was to get for Taunton though as half-centuries for Martin Cox (64) and Nick Pang (60 not out) saw the home-side to a comfortable victory.
 
Things could have been different though as a couple of close LBW calls left Orr bemoaning the lack of DRS availability in the Bristol & Somerset division.
 
Orr himself picked up the wicket of opener James Harvey (35) thanks to a smart slip grab in the slips by Greenwood, while Hake was the only other Taunton bowler to register in the wickets column.
 
Some exuberant shots from Pang capped off the all-rounder’s contribution to the game as the hosts Midsomer reached their victory target with plenty of time to spare.
 
Taunton will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host Bedminster at Gipsy Lane this Saturday.