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Doctors lost to Quantock Stags


 

Things are improving for the BDCC.  New sight-screens are on order and should be in situ by the end of May;  and tonight for our game against Stags we fielded a nearly full side. Rain was forecast but apart from one heavy shower, it held off til we were safely tucked up in the refreshment tent recovering from April-hypothermia.  Most of us had worn 3 layers but manly Dickie Budd just had his t-shirt and his natural covering (as he put it).

  The skipper won the toss and elected to make the best of the light.

  Andrew Paisley and earth-shaker Rob Adcock put together a useful start before Adcock was well caught behind the bowler going for a big hit;  Paisley went for 9 by which time John Ogle was accumulating singles and boundaries including a flat 6 over midwicket, and Graham Ferguson was adding his trademark boundaries in a stand of 44. When Ogle was bowled for 25 Fergy despite changing his broken bat fell, caught, for a well crafted 18.  Richard Budd went on with a solid 12.  Scoring runs proved difficult on this early season sticky and when Sam Powell was caught for 2 the tail struggled to find any further rhythm, leaving a total of 83 which for 16 overs looked marginally below par.

In reply Stags started cautiously but D. Lanloise accelerated to 22 until dismissed by a superb athletic tumbling catch by R. Budd at mid-off from his fatherís mostly testing bowling.  Sam P penned down the middle order ending with 0-14 from his 4 overs and Charles MacAdam bowled well without reward for 21 off his 3 at the College end. But the outstanding performance of the match came from Shay Keohane who bowled 5 of their top batsmen including the menacing Rob Hake and James Dickens with his accurate off-spin, ending with potential match-winning figures of 5-26 off his 4 overs.

But, alas, it was not to be;  Dennert. 17 not out and Habberfield saw them home with about 8 (pink) balls to spare.