SECOND ROUND LEADERBOARD:
-9 B Rumford (Aus) -8 B Dredge (Wal) -7 O Wilson (Eng), L Westwood (Eng) -6 N Fasth (Swe), R Karlsson (Swe)
Selected others: -4 P Casey (Eng), S Garcia (Spa), G McDowell (NI) -1 R Fisher (Eng), C Wood (Eng) level H Stenson (Swe), R Goosen (SA)
+3 I Poulter (Eng) +4 C Montgomerie (Sco)
Dredge carded five birdies and two bogeys in his 69
Welshman Bradley Dredge is one shot off the lead after two rounds of the Qatar Masters, with English pair Lee Westwood and Oliver Wilson a shot further back.
Dredge carded a three-under-par 69 to finish the day on eight under overall, with Wilson returning a 70 and European number one Westwood a 69.
Australia's Brett Rumford leads on nine under after a sparkling 66.
Spain's Sergio Garcia carded a 70 for four under overall, level with England's Paul Casey, who carded a 69.
England's Ian Poulter, the world number 10, will not be around for the weekend after missing the cut by a single stroke after only managing a level-par second round.
Dredge, overnight leader with Wilson, was left disappointed after failing to take full advantage of calm conditions following Thursday's high winds, the Welshman only making his move up the leaderboard with two birdies over his final three holes.
"Inconsistency has been an issue," said Dredge. "I'm working my best but it was nice to churn out a score.
"Obviously over the weekend some consistent ball striking would be nice to keep myself in it."
Wilson, who caddied for then county champion Westwood some 20 years ago, picked up two late birdies in a bogey-free round at the Doha Golf Club to join the world number four on seven under par.
"I haven't holed anything, but I'm still feeling solid over holing out so I'm definitely getting better and maybe something will click," said the 29-year-old Wilson.
"It was getting frustrating, but it was nice to get something out of the round at the end."
Westwood, 36, struggled at times to maintain control of his swing but continued to reap the benefits of a new set of irons.
Westwood recalled a moment during his meeting with a young Wilson when he was handed a driver for a 280-yard par four, only for the Worksop golfer to fly the green by 30 yards after initially opting for a three wood.
"That ended his caddying days," said Westwood, "but he's turned out to be a better player than a caddie unfortunately."
Out in front, world number 360 Rumford dropped just one shot in carding the best round of a windswept week.
Sweden's Robert Karlsson made the best move of the afternoon starters, carding a two-under 70 to progress to six under par alongside compatriot Niclas Fasth (68).
Sweden's Peter Hanson (69) and Africa Open and Joburg Open winner Charl Schwartzel (69) are a further shot off the pace.
Marc Warren ins the best placed Scot after consecutive rounds of 71, leaving him seven shots behind Rumford.
Compatriot Richie Ramsay lost ground, carding a 73 to fall back into a share of 20th place on one under par.