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Doctors lost to Quantock Stags by 29 runs


 

  With the North wind persisting and not a drop of rain for weeks, all boded well (as long as you wore your thermals), and had we held a couple of important catches the result might have been different.

 

   Stags creamed into our early overs from Sedge and Tom Adcock. Their openers retired on 26 and 27 in short time. Charles Macadam had the experienced Roger Hake caught stunningly caught by Rob Adcock at silly mid-on for 1, and Jeremy Minchin removed Gordon (?) with a ball that straightened. Alas this minor breakthrough only let in our old adversary Rob Hake who carted a couple and then was dropped in the covers by John Ogle, before reaching a virtuoso 25. Alas the man at the other end did just as well.  Skipper Sam Powell created a fine leg-side stumping by Graham Ferguson, but at the end of their 18 overs Stags had amassed 136 for 3.

   In reply our opening stand appeared to blossom until Jeremy Minchin, after a lusty boundary, was clean bowled attempting another; John Ogle put away a couple of 4ís and some well taken singles but then fell to the man at long-on for a grafted 21 (identical dismissal last year). Matt Beere showed his class in reaching 26, returning at the death to be bowled for 30. Fergs smote 4 boundaries before holing out, again for 21. Nobody else made many, and we were all out after nearly 18 overs, for 107, a few too many too short.  Although cold and dark it had been good to be out there.  The new sightscreens were appreciated, but not the rabbit holes on the square, nor the flooded facilities in the Clubhouse.