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Doctors lost to Quantock Stags by 6 wickets


 

Doctors†††††††††††††††††††††† 158 for 7

 

Stags†††††††††††††††††††††††††† 161 for 4

 

Doctors made a slow start on a stodgy wicket as James Coates (2-25) and Rob Hake held sway in the early overs.Tom Eve (13 hit a four and a six but then essayed an ambitious cut at Hake (1-9) and was caught by keeper D.Takle.This meant that Nick Smyth and Graham Fergusson had repair work to do and this they did in a sound partnership of 60 which kept the scoreboard ticking at 5 an over.Just when Doctors had a platform from which to accelerate Fergusson (39) was bowled off his pads by Graham Hake (1-12) and the innings relapsed into torpor.Keith Powell (11) strove to get things moving but ended up sacrificing his wicket and when Smyth (37) was caught off A.Price the score was only 109 for 6.The home team was rescued by a swashbuckling partnership between Sam Powell and Adrian Fisher.Shortly before the close Fisher (11) was stumped off Price (3-41) but Powell (34 not out) was still blazing away at the end.

 

The debate about whether 158 was a competitive total was answered emphatically by debutant Takle and Rob Hake who put on 84 for the first wicket.Hake survived an early run out appeal for which the umpire was in a poor position but no other chances were given until Hake (44) pulled Phil Barker to square leg where Fergusson took a good low catch running in.Barker (1-20) and Sam Powell were the pick of Doctorsí bowlers and when S.Keith was caught by Richard Budd off Powell (1-23) and Takle (61) was bowled by Peter Reed (1-34) Doctors had a faint glimmer of hope.It was soon extinguished by Roger Hake and Matt Winter who had time to accumulate runs without pressure.Winter (12) was bowled by Budd (1-10) but Hake (25 n.o.) eased Stags home with 6 overs to spare.