Match Reports




Doctors lost to Quantock Stags by 7 wickets


Doctors           156 for 8


Stags                157 for 3


  Doctors chose to bat first and John Ogle and Rob Adcock made a steady start against accurate bowling by James Dickens and Graham Hake.   With the score on 21 from 7 overs Simon Scarborough came into the attack and struck with his second ball when Ogle (16) chipped him tamely to extra cover.  Adcock (21) scored two handsome square-driven boundaries off Rob Hake but the bowler then bowled him and soon inflicted more damage with the wickets of Sam Powell and Keith Powell, the latter caught and bowled for 11.  Scarborough (2-35) struck again when Matt House’s run of bad luck continued with a caught behind decision to a ball that came off his foot.  Hake finished his 7 over spell with the excellent figures of 3 for 16 and from the nadir of 65 for 5 Jeremy Budd and Phil Barker embarked on a rebuilding job.  Alan Barks kept things tight at one end but Budd unveiled some exquisite cover drives and he and Barker played with calm good sense.  Just when the innings was beginning to flourish the highly promising Will Dickens (3-35) ripped another huge hole in its fabric with three wickets, including Budd (20) and Barker (18).   This left Doctors reeling on 116 for 8 and they were indebted to brothers Oliver and Richard Budd for an excellent, unbeaten partnership of 40.  Both took the attack to the bowlers with Oliver in particular playing cultured shots all round the wicket.  When the overs ran out Oliver was unbeaten on 27 and Richard on 14.


  The Stags reply began at brisk tempo as James Coates and C.Wyatt played a shot a ball.  Sam Powell swung the ball at pace and Richard Budd’s left arm wrist spinners were turning sharply and it was Budd (1-40) who made the first incision when Coates holed out to Barker at long on.  Wyatt (16) was then bowled by Powell who struck again almost immediately and at 35 for 3 the match was evenly balanced.  Hereabouts Doctors began to suffer from a severe case of deja-vu as Rob Hake produced a barrage of on driving.   The home team’s hopes rested with Sam Powell but Hake and brother Graham played him with care and circumspection and when he came off with figures of 2 for 35 the mayhem began.  There was a glimmer of hope for Doctors when Hake struck Budd towards the fielder on the deep midwicket boundary but the ball went through his fingers for six and the last chance had gone.  It is unusual for one man to have such an effect on a match but Rob Hake is not so much a whiting as a tiger shark in a garden pond and all Doctors bowlers suffered at his hands.  His unbeaten 89 contained 7 sixes and 5 fours.  Graham Hake (23 n.o.) was the perfect foil and they completed an emphatic victory with 14 overs to spare.