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Doctors beat Quantock Stags

 

Thanks to the generosity and help of Bridgwater College,  Lisa Redston of Hinkley Point CIM Fund, and John Scott of Rowan Dartington,  Cannington Cricket Ground now boasts a pair of state-of-the-art 6x4 m brand new sight-screens.

Bridgwater Mercury newspaper had intended to be present at the Grand Opening ceremony prior to this match, but unfortunately were detained elsewhere.

 

After again winning the toss, and perhaps emboldened by the presence of the new screens, our first four batsmen put on 111 runs in quick-time before any dismissal.  On this well-prepared and true wicket the openers helped themselves, with John Ogle retiring on 27 off 16 balls including a 6 over square-leg, and Rob Adcock making a lusty 25 in even time; Hugh Ogle then hit some fine shots with more than a couple of cultured drives in his 26, and Matt Bere raced to 23 with one fine 6, before holing out.  Sam Powell alas was bowled off his pads before he could get into his stride, and Graham Ferguson was held by Barrow off an edge prior to making his mark.  Dickie Budd smashed a couple, and young Will Bere played as his father does with a fine cover drive off the back foot, both not out at the close with 12 and 4 respectively.  132 off 18 looked a fair score in the misty conditions.

Stags started well, but the accurate and wily bowling of skipper Sam Powell who took 1-18 off 4, and of Sedge Seymour, 2-5 off his 4, held them back so that after 6 overs they were restricted to 39.  Docs then turned the screw with Hugh Ogle holding a fine diving chance at deep square-leg from Habberfield, and Will Ogle removing the dangerous Coates with a smart caught and bowled off his first delivery but then struggling to maintain his length and finishing with 1-18 off 2. His brother Hugh bowled a tidy first over for just 1 run but was then dismissed to all parts by an aggressive D.Buttler and S.Keith who both accelerated to 28 and threatened to put Stags in a winning position. But the accurate Matt Bere reasserted control from his end for a tidy 0-17 off 3, and Hugh restricted them to just 2 off his final over, for a total of 122, just a few short.  At the end we remarked that it was nearly as dark as it had been at Horton the previous week.