Match Reports




Doctors beat Quantock Stags by 5 wickets


Stags               117 for 6


Doctors           119 for 5


    Ted Mackenzie (11) began the Stags’ innings with a six and a four but then chipped a tame return catch to Sam Powell (2-15). Powell then produced an unplayable swinging yorker, of which Waqar Younis would have been proud, to dismiss Tim Tenant first ball.  James Dickens played with aggressive intent while Roger Hake was the anchor man and Stags prospered until Jeremy Budd (1-30) accepted a stinging caught and bowled chance from Dickens (17).  Phil Barker’s prolific early season form continued with a swinging delivery to bowl Hake (12) but then Simon Keith and James Coates came together for an excellent partnership.  The Cannington wicket was damp and soft and the outfield and bowlers’ run ups were squelchy so both batsmen used the aerial route when possible and ran ones and twos intelligently.  Barker (2-28) bowled Coates (18) and Keith (26 n.o.) retired which gave an opportunity for Dan Tapson and Gordon Elkins to elevate the total to one that, in the prevailing conditions, was challenging.  Tapson (12) slapped Tom Adcock (1-8) to Peter Reed at short midwicket but Elkins was unbeaten on 10.

    Doctors’ reply started in slow mode as the top order struggled to overcome the slow pitch.  Cameron Diemart (1-22) lured John Ogle into an airborne shot which was caught by Tony Fawle and Tom Adams, frustrated by a succession of good shots that plugged in the outfield, attempted a big hit off Fawle (1-16) which headed for the vacant mid-on area.  Elkins, showing true devotion to the team raced across from mid off to take a flying catch which ended with a full-length dive into the mud.  When Rob Adcock (11) retired with an asthma attack and Charlie Granville was stumped by Dickens off Ray Heard (1-31) Doctors had limped to 58 for 4 and there was much to do.  The game was changed by an electric stand between Powell and Andrew Paisley which brought their team to the verge of victory.  When Powell (28 n.o.) retired thirteen runs were needed from the last 3 overs but Doctors seldom do things the easy way and Paisley’s excellent innings of 24 was ended by Coates (1-13).  When Graham Fergusson was run out by the keeper after an extremely optimistic call by Barker the match was in the balance again but Barker made amends by seeing Doctors home, in company with Tom Adcock, with three balls to spare.