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Doctors tied with Quantock Stags


 

Quantock Stags†††††††††† 209 all out

 

Doctors†††††††††† †††† †††††† 209 all out

 

Stags lost Roger Hake early when he was lbw to Imogen Mann (1-21) and when James Coates (18) was well caught by Keith Powell at long on off Peter Reed (1-28) the innings entered a critical phase.From 35 for 2 Scott Bellinger and Steve Hayes reconnoitred carefully and dealt mainly in singles until, well established, they began to open out and the boundaries flowed.Their partnership was worth 109 when Doctors turned to their eighth bowler Graham Fergusson who obliged with wickets off his 2nd and 5th balls.Bellinger (50) holed out to Sam Powell at mid on to give Fergusson his 200th wicket for Doctors and two balls later S.Keith repeated the same shot.In his next over Fergusson induced a top edge from Hayes (51) to Jeremy Budd at square leg and suddenly the home side were back in the game.Budd (1-33) bowled Ian Legg and it took an enterprising stand between brothers Pete and Will Dickens to get Stags beyond 200. Pete Dickens (11) was bowled by Sam Powell (2-20) and there was more symmetry when Will Dickens (42) fell in identical fashion.Fergusson (4-29) ended the innings with a well deserved fourth wicket.

 

Doctors started at a gallop but carelessly lost wickets at regular intervals.Keith Powell chased a ball from M.McKenzie which would have been called a wide into the hands of Bellinger at point and Rob Smart gloved an attempted pull off A.Richards which was athletically caught by keeper Coates.Doug Johnsonís excellent innings of 21 was then ended when he was caught in two minds by a floated off break from Legg (1-27).Fergusson (13) took a six and a four from Richards but when he chipped the last ball of the over into the hands of Will Dickens at long off the score was 60 for 4 and Doctors hopes were vanishing.Skipper Sam Powell had other ideas.Ed Johnson contributed a useful 13 before becoming the third victim for Richards (3-25) but Jamie Chedham and Pat Johnson dug in to support their captain who had embarked on a one man blitzkrieg on the Stags bowlers. Even the formidable Will Dickens was sent whistling to the boundary as Powell unveiled an array of brutal hitting and classical cover driving.Hayes and Bellinger (1-44) took wickets at the other end but nothing could stop the inevitable Powell century.With 6 runs needed for victory Hayes (2-53) got his revenge when Powell (103) was bowled through a tired shot.McKenzie (2-17) took another vital wicket but by then the scores were level.Pete Dickens (1-14) bowled a half volley and Budd saw the chance to win the match in style but hit it straight to Will Dickens at mid off and the match was tied.