Match Reports




Doctors beat Quantock Stags by 27 runs


Doctors            127 for 6


Stags                100 for 5




  After six weeks of dry weather in March and early April it came as no surprise that the season’s opening fixture was played in damp, dark conditions. Doctors won the toss and suffered an early loss when Julian Graham steered an innocuous delivery from Simon Foyle (1-22) to point for an unwanted duck on his debut.  Phil Barker and Jeremy Budd made light of the setback with a stand of 55 at a brisk tempo.  Both batsmen demonstrated a range of fluent drives and pulls although Barker (31) was dropped twice off the unlucky Geoff Shaw.  He eventually succumbed to a superb, diving legside catch by keeper Tony Fawle off the deserving Gordon Elkins (2-21) and the same bowler immediately removed Budd (16) via a catch at mid on by Steve Dickens.  If anything the fall of the two wickets led to an increase in the run rate as Andrew Paisley  and Alan Dunkley brought their good form in the nets into the middle, hitting hard and running like the wind.  They had put on 43 when James Coates took a hand.  Paisley (22) holed out to him at midwicket off Pete Dickens (2-17) and then Dunkley (20) took on his arm at long off and was well beaten by a strong flat throw that demolished the bowler’s end stumps.  Rob Rowles (27 n.o.) supervised the final rites with a succession of well timed boundaries to set a challenging target.


  The Stags start was of the worst imaginable variety as John Down clicked into gear at once and took out Fawle’s leg stump with the first ball of the innings.  Further strikes from Down (2-2) and Mike Smart (1-23) had the visitors reeling at 18 for 3 and Steve Dickens and Shaw had some rebuilding to do.  They had weathered the storm and were just accelerating in steady drizzle when Dickens (12) was dismissed by a truly awful ball from Peter Reed (1-31), pulling a wide legside full toss into the safe hands of Down at fine leg.  Shaw and Elkins attacked whenever possible in the gathering gloom but the required rate was never within reach and eventually Shaw (34) took one chance too many off Paisley (1-12) and was nonchalantly pouched at deep midwicket by Graham.  Elkins (28 n.o.) was undefeated as the final overs were bowled in quite heavy rain.