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Doctors beat Quantock Stags by 6 wickets


 

Stags                114 for 5

 

Doctors            118 for 4

 

 

  Stags won the toss and batted first on an unusually hard Cannington early season wicket.  Graham Hake and Tony Fawle set off at a canter, both punishing anything short and both profiting from dropped chances.  The steady Robert Seymour (1-18) was rewarded when Hake (15) pulled the worst ball of his spell to Sam Powell at midwicket but Roger Hake then joined Fawle in a productive stand that brought up the fifty after 8 overs.  The introduction of Steve Witts canny seamers and the mesmerising leg breaks and googlies of Oliver Budd saw a sharp decline in the scoring rate as Fawle (23) was bowled by Witts (1-17).  Hake (15) was then beaten by Budd (1-13) as he advanced down the track and kept walking as keeper Graham Fergusson removed the bails.  Tim Tennant was then run out by a fine pick up and throw to the bowler’s end by Fergusson which brought together James Dickens and Rob Hake in a partnership full of aggressive intent.  Witts and Powell bowled well in a fascinating battle as did Phil Barker (1-6) who accounted for Dickens (19) in the penultimate over.  Hake (31 not out) smashed the ball down the ground with his usual power but was eventually cut short as the overs ran out.

 

  Doctors’ reply got off to a poor start as Keith Powell missed a straight ball from Simon Scarborough (1-21), Rob Adcock did the same to James Coates (2-18) and then David Gwynne Jones hit his first ball, a long hop, back to the same bowler.  Sam Powell and Graham Fergusson made light of the crisis with an enterprising stand of deft placement and hard hitting which took Doctors to within victory.  The recall of Rob Hake (1-18) in the deepening gloom accounted for Powell (30), bowled by a fast full toss but no-one bats in the dark better than Fergusson (67 not out) who finished the match with an exquisite straight driven four.