Match Reports




Quantock Stags beat Doctors by 13 runs


Stags                145 for 4


Doctors            131 for 9



  Doctors opened the bowling with the metronomic accuracy of Ali Witts’ seamers and flight and guile from Robert Seymour.  It was Seymour (2-34) who made early inroads with help from a fine running catch by John Ogle but Graham Hake (30 retired) and Nathan Barnard (31 retired) then put together a punishing stand of 50, taking full advantage of the short Holford boundaries without giving a chance.  As if this was not enough Doctors’ longsuffering bowlers then had to endure a familiar Rob Hake blitzkrieg.  Tim Tennant leant valuable support until he was caught by Witts at midwicket off the bowling of Phil Barker (2-18).   When Hake retired on 35 not out the scoring rate slowed to something more normal, only to be boosted by a late onslaught from James Dickens (24 n.o.).


  When Doctors replied Ogle was bowled by a wicked outswinger from Barnard (1-18) whose accuracy and movement demanded respect.  Graham Fergusson and Harry Lee looked comfortable against Barnard and Will Dickens (1-14) who was obtaining lateral movement at pace until Fergusson (12) played a good-looking defensive shot into the ground which spun back and dislodged a bail.  Keith Powell’s aggressive cameo of 12 came to a sad end when he tamely chipped James Dickens (2-36) to Roger Hake at short midwicket.  Lee found a good partner in Sam Ursell and their violent mid-innings onslaught brought Doctors back into contention.  Ursell (12) was well held by James Dickens at long on off Rob Hake (2-23) as he and brother Graham Hake (1-12) cashed in on Doctors need to maintain a rapid scoring rate.  Barker (11) was the only other batsman to get into double figures as James Coates took two wickets in 3 balls.  Lee, having retired, re-entered the fray but 24 runs from the last two overs was too big an ask as Coates (2-14) bowled a fine last over leaving Lee undefeated on 48.