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Quantock Stags lost to Doctors by 7 wickets


 

Stags ††††††††††††††††††††††††† 110 for 5

 

Doctors†††††††††† †† †††††††† 111 for 3

 

Stags made a very slow start as the contrasting spin styles of Jeremy Budd, Tom Adcock and Oliver Budd paralysed strokeplay on a firm, dry Cannington pitch and confined the batsmen to an occasional desperate heave.Adcock (2-18) struck first thanks to a good catch by Oliver Budd at cover and then removed J.Dulcias (10) via another fine catch by Andrew Guppy at long off.Oliver Budd dismissed Roger Hake (10) which brought Graham Hake (30 n.o.) and James Coates (35 n.o.) together in an aggressive partnership which put the innings back on track. Both retired having passed 30 and this was the cue for Imogen Mann (1-14) and Andrew Jeanes (1-7) to wrest control again as the runs dried up.Mann was unfortunate to have yet another straightforward catch dropped off her bowling so took matters into her own hands by bowling M.Trunks.Another good catch by Budd condemned Stags to a total that was probably 20 runs light.

Cameron Diemert (1-28) made an early incision when Guppy picked out Gordon Elkins at short cover.Thereafter Jeanes and Keith Powell gave Doctors the platform that Stags had lacked..Eschewing risk and punishing the bad balls they compiled a fifty partnership at seven an over and both retired, unbeaten on 30.Hake (2-16) triggered a mid-innings tremor but by then the required rate was under four an over and a calm captainís innings of 17 not out by Phil Barker saw Doctors home with some comfort.