Match Reports




Quantock Stags lost to Doctors by 39 runs


Doctors           149 for 6


Stags               110 all out



   Both teams were below their usual strength, partly due to the attractions of the Glastonbury Festival, but this did not affect the friendly but competitive spirit in which this match is always played.  Doctors’ openers Andrew Paisley and Keith Powell made an ideal start, making good use of the short Holford boundaries and the gaps in the field. Paisley (13) was undone by a flighted delivery from Tony Fawle (1-35) which kept low and turned to hit off stump but Powell’s serene progress was complemented by some vigorous strokeplay by Tom Guppy.  When Powell retired on 31 not out and Guppy (24) was lbw to a very slow slower ball from Simon Scarborough (1-29) the balance of power swung to the Stags.  Will Dickens (1-19) became the first person to dismiss Graham Fergusson this season with a good, fast yorker and wickets for James Coates (1-20) and James Dickens threatened to bowl out the visitors for a score of just above 100. Doctors were rescued by an enterprising stand between Ed Johnson and Peter Reed and when Johnson (28) was bowled by James Dickens (2-11) Mark Hodge (10 n.o.), playing his first-ever game of cricket, joined Reed (15 n.o.) to push the total up to a challenging level.

  Captain Sam Powell made an inspired decision to open the bowling with Paisley’s leg spin. A devastating burst of 3 wickets for Paisley (3-28), in which the Dickens brothers were both expertly stumped by Fergusson, ripped out Stags top order and a wicket for Imogen Mann (1-16) reduced them to 30 for 4.  Roger Hake had played soundly while this was going on and he now found a partner to stay with him in Steve Dickens.  The field was spread far and wide and there were plenty of opportunities for singles and an occasional boundary as they steadily brought their team into contention.  Hake retired on 30 and there was a wicket for Sam Powell (1-11) but Coates signalled his intention with a four and a six.  The game turned finally in an eventful over from Johnson (2-2) as Coates (16) was well caught by Mann at long off and the returning Hake (34) was bowled, leaving Dickens unbeaten on 31.