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Doctors beat Quantock Stags by 24 runs


 

Doctors           145 all out

 

Stags               121 all out

 

 

  Doctors found the going heavy against Stags opening attack of James Dickens and James Coates who both extracted sideways movement from the damp Cannington track to plunge the home side to the depths of 17 for 3 off 7 overs.  Rob Adcock survived an astonishing dropped dolly catch at short cover and he and Harry Lee did the rebuilding job with a well judged partnership until Adcock (27) was bowled by a spitting off break from Nathan Peppard (1-18).  Rob Hake (1-29) demanded respect in a sustained and accurate spell and accounted for Sam Powell who had just hit a majestic six off Peppard.  He received good support from Pete Dickens (1-19) and Josh Gray and it was Gray who induced a faint edge to the keeper to end the patient vigil of Lee (26), who had held the innings together with great skill.  Ed Johnson (11) contributed a neat cameo which was also terminated by Gray (2-21) and at 93 for 8 Doctors were staring down the barrel.  Enter Phil Barker and Imogen Mann who combined in a feisty partnership of 40 to give Doctors’ bowlers something to defend.  Mann (16) played the shot of the day, a classic off drive with flowing follow through, but then lost her off stump to Coates (2-34) next ball.  Barker’s vital contribution of 32 not out was made despite a number of incapacities, including a shoulder operation a week before the game.

  Mann (1-17) struck with her second ball but then Peppard and Gray pushed the score along without alarms until Gray (13) attempted a non-existent second run to Barker at point.  There ensued a game of cat and mouse between Peppard and James Dickens on one side and Powell and Peter Reed on the other which was finally ended when Peppard (31) stood back and watched a big off cutter from Reed which hit his middle and off stumps.  Hake made his usual explosive start but fell cheaply thanks to a superb running catch at long on by Powell off Johnson (1-20) but Dickens and Nathan Barnard combined well to put their team in sight of a win by virtue of steady accumulation.  It took a fine spell of spiteful off breaks from Lee (3-14) to break the stand as Barnard (21) was brilliantly taken by keeper Graham Fergusson and Dickens (16) was lbw.  Will Dickens (15 n.o.) played well to keep Stags in the hunt but the game was up when John Ogle took a splendid catch at long on off Reed (2-24) to dismiss Coates.