Doctors drew with Quantock Stags
Doctors 226 for 7
Stags 145 for 8
Doctors were asked to bat first and set off briskly as Andrew Dodden and David Williamson defended well against testing bowling from Rob Hake and Geoff Shaw and put away anything loose. Shaw (2-47) made the breakthrough when Dodden (19) was bowled by a slower ball and Williamson (14) soon followed, dismissed in identical fashion. When John Ogle was good enough to get a nick on a fine ball from Hake (1-20) Doctors were reeling at 41 for 3 and the new batsmen Harry Lee and Rob Adcock were forced into a period of retrenchment. Batting became easier against the change bowlers and the boundaries began to come as both batsmen unleashed handsome drives and Lee played the lefthander’s trademark pull shots. Their stand lasted 24 overs and their 135 runs provided the main substance of Doctors’ innings. It was ended shortly after Adcock (54) reached his maiden fifty as he drove the ball straight back to bowler James Coates. Phil Barker played attractively but James Dickens (1-49) gained reward for a good spell of swing bowling when Barker (10) perished in the quest for quick runs. Lee was now in full cry and his richly-deserved century soon followed. With the score on 218 Lee (107) gave his wicket away to the impressive Coates (2-21) and when Richard Budd was caught at slip by Pete Dickens off the bowling of his father Steve Dickens (1-5) the innings closed on 226.
The start of Stags’ innings was notable for a mixture of exotic
shots and tumbling wickets as