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Quantock Stags lost to Doctors by 5 runs


 

Doctors           124 all out

 

Stags               119 for 9

 

    John Ogle opened proceedings with two sumptuous boundaries but then, unaccountably, missed a straight ball from Gordon Elkins (1- 27).  Andrew Paisley and David Williamson coped admirably with a Holford wicket of variable, and sometimes alarming, bounce until Williamson (13) top edged a ball from James Coates and was well caught by Rob Hake, running round to square leg.  Doctors’ middle order decided that the only way to cope with the wicket was to go for their shots which flawed strategy allowed Coates (2-20) and Hake (2-17) to cash in.  Graham Fergusson joined Paisley and both played attractively until Paisley retired and Ted Mackenzie enticed Fergusson (17) into a cut to a ball that was too close and which ended up amidst the wreckage of his stumps.  Sam Powell dispatched MacKenzie (3-20) for a big six over extra cover and then plopped the next ball tamely into the hands of Coates at long off.  Steve Tribe (12) supervised some tail end resistance until falling to Cameron Diemart (1-5) who got just reward for a very good over.  The return of the excellent Paisley (32) did not last long as he was bowled by James Dickens (1-8) going for a big hit off the penultimate ball of the innings.

 

  With short boundaries and a fast outfield Doctors’ total looked to be below par and the match looked destined for a quick finish as Rob Hake belted 33 (5 fours and 2 sixes) from the first three overs and retired.  His father Roger played the anchor role while his brother Graham (20) took on the aggressor’s part until he was well caught by Fergusson at long off from the bowling of Peter Reed (1-32).  James Dickens (12) continued the theme with a four and a six but was fortunate to escape when Williamson executed a stumping which appeared to be obvious to everyone on the field – except the umpire.  It mattered little as in the next over Powell tempted him into a pull to midwicket which was very well caught by John Carpenter, staring into the blinding sun.  Powell was now bowling at serious pace and his next ball to Roger Hake (14) was edged to Williamson.  The hat trick ball was the ball of the match and the ball that effectively won the match as it beat the dangerous Will Dickens all ends up and bowled him.  Stags had had the match in their pocket with wickets in hand and only 28 needed from the last 8 overs and when Coates hoisted another six and Diemart hooked a beamer for four they were still odds on favourites.  But Powell had not finished.  His final 8 balls yielded no runs and accounted for both batsmen to give him outstanding figures of 4 overs 1 maiden 11 runs 5 wickets.  The pressure was now on the batsmen and a mesmerizing spell of wrist spin from Fergusson (1-15) had MacKenzie taken by Ogle in the gully.  An ice cool penultimate over from Charles Macadam conceded only two runs and took the wicket of Alan Jones as Williamson finally got his stumping.   Ed Johnson (1-10) was entrusted the final over.  When Paisley took a good catch at midwicket off the first ball it brought Rob Hake back into the fray but a fine piece of hostile, quick, just short of a length bowling meant that only three runs came from the final 5 balls and Doctors had effected an astonishing comeback.