Match Reports




Doctors lost to Quantock Stags by 7 wickets


Doctors            92 for 6


Stags                93 for 3


  Doctors won the toss and batted first on a slow but true Cannington early season wicket.  With a clinging outfield runs were at a premium, especially against the pinpoint accuracy of Rob Hake.  Keith Powell’s 300th game for Doctors started promisingly but came to a premature conclusion when he was bowled by James Coates (1-23).  Ralph Hammond also started brightly but fell too soon to James Dickens and John Ogle and Graham Fergusson had to rebuild the innings.  Their stand was just beginning to promise Doctors a respectable total when Ogle (34) fell to Dickens (2-14) and Fergusson (17) was caught by keeper Pete Ison off the bowling of Simon Scarborough (2-11).  The same bowler gained a deserved second wicket when Pete Dickens took a fine diving catch at long on.  Hake (1-3) came back to claim his deserved wicket and only a late flourish from Adrian Fisher (10 n.o.) prevented complete humiliation.


  No-one thought that Doctors had enough runs but Stags too found the going hard against tight bowling from Phil Barker (1-15) and Wayne Pither (1-12).  Roger Hake (17) kept the score ticking over but when he fell on his face in mid pitch when going for a quick run the wicket was put down and the game was in the balance.  Not for the first time Doctors were undone by the all round excellence of Rob Hake.  His ultra-aggressive batting took the match away from the home team in the space of three overs.  With good support from James Dickens (16 n.o.) the game was over with two and a half overs to spare and Hake unbeaten on 41.