Match Reports




Doctors beat Quantock Stags by 52 runs

Doctors            162 for 9


Stags                110 all out


  Doctors were put into bat on a lovely September day in this traditional late season fixture and Geoff Shaw struck in his first over.  The Cannington wicket as true but slow and the batsmen had to play themselves in carefully.  Shaw (1-28) and Simon Foyle bowled tightly and it was not until the12th over that the run rate rose above two an over, but Rob Adcock and Andrew Paisley played sensibly and, having laid a strong foundation, steadily accelerated in a stand of 51.  Gordon Elkins bowled well but was unrewarded and the partnership was broken by Pete Dickens who induced Paisley (29) into a leg side deflection which was well held by keeper Tony Fawle.  Soon afterwards Adcock (24) was bowled by a sharply turning off break from Alan Barks.  Harry Lee came in and, finding some end of season form, hit the ball fluently from the start, but the turn and flight of Barks (2-23) and the probing inswingers of Dickens prevented any liberties and wickets fell steadily at the other end.  Scott Bellinger (10) provided stout support for Lee until he was caught off the deserving James Coates (2-32) and Lee’s class innings of 41 was ended by the same bowler when he clipped a leg stump half volley and was well caught by Elkins at square leg.  Richard Gower blasted 19 valuable runs before being bowled by Dickens (3-23) and there remained time for Doug Johnson’s clean hitting to bludgeon 10 runs from 4 balls before the close.


  Doctors’ opening bowler Simon Ogilvie was in a totally different class to all of the other bowlers in the match and when he was taken off his figures were 3 for 4.  Sam Powell (1-6) was the ideal foil and Stags were reeling at 17 for 4.  Elkins and Coates strove valiantly to repair the damage but with the total on 58 Elkins (20) was bowled by an excellent off cutter from Bellinger (1-29).  Barks’ aggressive intent yielded three boundaries but Coates (18) was soon lbw to the excellent Joe Lee (1-21) and when Barks (12) and Foyle were dismissed in quick succession in a fiery spell from Johnson (2-11) the visitors were on the slide again.  Father and son Pete and Steve Dickens kept Stags’ hopes alive but when a towering skier from Pete Dickens (23) was caught by Ogilvie off Peter Reed (1-19) his father soon followed, neatly caught by Gower at midwicket in the first over from Paisley (1-0).