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Doctors beat Quantock Stags by 10 runs


 

Doctors                        123 for 3

 

Quantock Stags           113 for 8

 

  Doctors made a flying start as Alan Dunkley and Andrew Paisley took 12 from the first over, bowled by James Dickens (1-22). The pace slackened as Will Dickens bowling partnership with his brother took control and James had his revenge in his next over when Dunkley gloved a lifter to keeper James Coates.  Paisley’s careful reconnaissance on the slow Cannington pitch paid dividends as he and Harry Lee tucked in to the change bowlers.  Both left handers murdered anything short or on the legside.  Lee’s 30 (retired contained six boundaries and Paisley (32, retired) signed off with the shot of the day, an exquisite back foot cover drive for four.  Gordon Elkins (1-34) took the important wicket of John Ogle and the return of the Dickens brothers checked the scoring despite the efforts of Sam Powell to find the boundary.  Will Dickens bowled a fine maiden in the penultimate over and Cameron Diemert (1-19) bowled an excellent spell at the death which accounted for Sam Powell (16). Keith Powell held the latter part of the innings together with a well crafted 23 not out.

 

  There was doubt at the interval as to whether Doctors had scored enough runs.  Tim Tennant went early, caught by Peter Reed in the gully off Charles Macadam (1-19) but a brisk partnership between Roger Hake and S.Keith put the Stags in a good position.  Keith (15) was bowled by an excellent ball from Phil Barker (1-17) but Will Dickens came in to drive two handsome boundaries.  An essay at a third however resulted in a skier, well caught by the bowler Ed Johnson.  Coates opened up with a soaring straight six and the visitors were well ahead of the asking rate although wickets kept falling.  Coates (13) fell to Johnson (2-26), well held by Sam Powell, running round behind the bowler from mid on.  Hake’s valuable anchor innings ended in a horrible mix up after a fine stop by Lee at extra cover. His throw went to keeper Adrian Fisher by which time both batsmen were at the striker’s end.  Fisher calmly rolled the ball to the bowler Reed and Hake (13) departed, run out by 15 yards.  Stags still had plenty of batting firepower but the match finally turned in 5 tight overs bowled by Reed and Lee.  James Dickens and Rob Prescott were bowled by Reed (2-10) and Tony Fawle was the victim of a sharp chance taken by Fisher standing up to the stumps off Lee (1-5).  Steve Dickens rolled back the years with a cultured 16 not out but by then it was too late.