Match Reports




Doctors beat Quantock Stags by 3 runs


Doctors           124 all out


Stags               121 for 7


    Robert Adcock and John Ogle erected a solid platform with a fifty run opening stand at a brisk pace with runs from nearly every ball.  Adcock (23) fell to Matt McKenzie (1-17) and Ogle to Tony Fawle (1-32) but Harry Lee maintained the tempo.   The game changed thanks to an inspired spell by Eleanor Keith (2-31) who dismissed Lee (20) thanks to a catch by her father Simon at short mid-on and then clean bowled Sam Powell.  From a promising position of 75 for 2 the innings slowly subsided as Will Dickens (3-11) and Jack Rich (1-11) took control and keeper James Dickens took three catches off his brother’s bowling.  Hugh Ogle (23) played a stylish lone hand as wickets fell at the other end until he was the first of two victims for Steve Hayes (2-8) in the nineteenth over.


  Powell took an early wicket but McKenzie and Simon Keith rattled along until Robert Seymour (1-14) held one back sufficiently to have an attempted six-hit taken by the running Phil Barker at deep midwicket.  Peter Reed (1-23) then had McKenzie (11) brilliantly caught by Hugh Ogle at long-on – Reed’s 600th wicket for Doctors in a 31 year long career.  Fawle, who has had an even longer career for Stags played an excellent anchor role in his last game before retirement.  His partnership with the correct and fluent Hayes put Stags into a commanding position.  Fawle retired, unbeaten on 25 whereupon Rich (10) took the long handle to the bowling - but when another lofted shot off Barker (1-25) was pouched by Powell at long off the game began to turn again.  Will Dickens was well caught at deep midwicket by Lee off Powell (2-21) and James Dickens was stumped by Charles Macadam off Lee.  This left Hayes (30) to score six from the final two balls but Lee (2-16) held his nerve and accepted a caught and bowled chance from the last ball.