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Doctors beat Quantock Stags by 79 runs


Doctors                        285 all out

 

Stags                            206 all out

 

  Doctors chose to bat on a firm Holford batting surface with slightly variable bounce and got off to a flier with Sam and Keith Powell putting on 52 off 5 overs before Keith (20) was undone by extra lift and was snared at first slip off the deserving Gordon Elkins (1-28).   Dave Rooke (13) looked in good nick until he was disappointingly run out by Steve Dickens when attempting a third run but Sam Powell kept battering the bowlers while Harry Lee carefully played himself in and it was a surprise when Powell (64) missed a straight ball of full length from Dave Wilsdon (1-49) and was plumb lbw.  Graham Fergusson was untypically out of touch and was undone by a superb swinging yorker from Simon Scarborough (1-57) but Tom Hopkins joined Lee in what proved to be the match winning partnership of 115.  Hopkins used the bludgeon to Lee’s stiletto and the combination proved highly effective as Stags’ bowlers struggled to defend the short boundaries and fast outfield.  It took the flighted spinners of Tony Fawle to break the stand as Hopkins (31) was caught in the deep and the same bowler made further inroads in each of his next three overs.  It was Fawle (4-57) who finally accounted for Lee, caught at long off for an exquisitely constructed 93.  John Down blasted a quick 16 until he was caught off the underused Dickens (2-19) who finished off the innings with 5 overs to spare.

 

  Stags reply was less than ideal as Down (2-9) bowled with fire and accuracy and took two quick wickets so that, with fine support from Joe Lee, the total was 21 for 2 after 7 overs.  Scarborough and Fawle repaired much of the early damage in a sound stand of 85 for the third wicket which was eventually broken when Scarborough (31) was caught and bowled by Jeremy Budd.  Doug Johnson (1-30) made another incision and with an efficient run out by Joe Lee from cover and another wicket to the penetrative off spin of Budd (2-39) there was a slump to 126 for 5.  Fawle (54) had cruised along despite the mayhem at the other end but the turning point came when he pulled Fergusson (1-8) to square leg where Richard Lee took a very sharp catch, moving to his right.  There was another decline as keeper Rooke and first slip Budd took good catches off Richard Lee (2-30) but there was still time for Dickens to fashion an electric 51 until he finally lifted Hopkins (1-5) into the safe hands of Harry Lee at deep midwicket.