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Quantock Stags lost to Doctors by 14 runs


 

Doctors            109 for 8

 

Stags                95 all out

 

 

 

  Doctors made a steady start against accurate bowling by Gordon Elkins and Jeff Shaw and the score was on 41 when David Williamson (12) was bowled by a fine yorker from first change bowler Graham Hake (1-13).   James Dickens (1-1) claimed the prized wicket of Graham Fergusson but Andrew Jeanes and Harry Lee launched a controlled onslaught with each batsman hitting two straight sixes.  Lee (13) was deceived in the flight by Tony Fawle (1-15) and Jeanes retired with a classy 33 not out which meant that Joe Lee and Rob Adcock had to build a new partnership at a time when Doctors were looking to accelerate.  With hard running and a sprinkling of good shots their stand was worth 30 when Lee (20) was dismissed by James Coates (1-22).  Rob Hake (1-10) put the brakes on the scoring rate and there were two foolhardy run outs, so despite the hyperactive Adcock’s 11 not out Doctors’ final total of 109 looked well below par.

 

  The Stags’ openers Roger Hake and Steve Dickens played some handsome shots and enjoyed a little good fortune as two catches were put down but it was something of a surprise when Dickens fell to a quite brilliant diving catch by Adcock at short midwicket off Jeremy Budd (1-23).  Elkins and Hake continued to push the score along until Hake retired on 30 not out and soon afterwards the introduction of Jeanes into the attack led to the vital breakthrough as Elkins (20) was clean bowled.  Graham Hake fell to the same bowler, nonchalantly caught by Oliver Budd at mid on and Peter Reed (1-6) dismissed Fawle, caught at extra cover by the ubiquitous Jeanes.  This brought in the dangerous Rob Hake, eager to punish any bad balls, but a fine spell of hostile quick bowling by Jeanes and Harry Lee gave him nothing to hit.  Up to this point Stags had controlled the whole game and a requirement of 39 from 30 balls seemed well within their grasp but when Hake (16) was bowled by an excellent ball from Lee (2-19) the pendulum swung and suddenly Stags needed to score 15 from the last over.  Two wickets in two balls led to the return of Roger Hake to the crease and in case anyone doubted who was man of the match he was out next ball to give Jeanes a hat trick, all bowled, and figures of five for ten.