25 June 1996

Dodgers v BOC

Tuesday, 25 June 1996
Dodgers v BOC
20 over game
Lower Sydenham

MATCH STATISTICS

BOC won the toss and elected to bat
BOC: 95-6 (P. Brown 31, Sharp 2-3, McBarron 4-19, Adey none for plenty)
DODGERS: 99-1 (McBarron 33 NO, Priest 31 NO, Clarkson 15)

DODGERS WON BY 9 WICKETS

DODGERS MAN OF THE MATCH - PHIL McBARRON

I don't feel there is a lot I can add that is not already said by the above match statistics, except to say that we stuffed ‘em!

What I believe is the Dodgers' biggest ever win started off with another excellent bowling and fielding performance. Lynton Sharp was the pick of the bowlers producing incredible figures of 4-2-3-2 and was well supported by Henry Hilary (1-25) and Dave Atkinson (0-16). This paved the way for Phil McBarron to turn in his best bowling performance of the season and take 4-19. John Adey was unlucky.

The bowlers were backed up by another good fielding display, with Henry Hilary taking a good catch to get rid of the dangerous McMannus and John Doyle and Peter Harry also fielding very well. I would especially like to thank Lynton for bowling Alan Brown when he did, thus ensuring that my dropped catch didn’t cost us anything!

Thanks to the bowlers restricting BOC to a very gettable 95-6 we were able to cruise to our third victory of the season - the first time the club has won three in a season! Eddie Clarkson (15) gave us an excellent start which ensured that we were always ahead of the required rate. The issue was never in any doubt and Phil McBarron (33 not out) played a typically solid (if not exactly chanceless!) innings to steer us home by 9 wickets, watched by yours truly from the other end.

All in all, this was an excellent team performance and we were deserving winners. We also play BOC in our next match so we have a chance to thrash them again! By a fluke of the fixture lists (ours and the England football team’s) this will be our third game against them in succession - let's make sure we win the "series" 2-1!

Please find attached the latest batting and bowling averages as compiled by Phil McBoycott, who has asked if everyone can take careful note of who is top of the batting averages and who has taken the most wickets.....

NEIL PRIEST

11 June 1996

Dodgers v BOC

Tuesday, 11 June 1996
Dodgers v BOC

20 over game played at Lower Sydenham

MATCH STATISTICS

BOC won the toss and elected to field

DODGERS: 94 all out (McBarron 29 NO, Westhead 12, Clarkson 11, Gibson 2-8)
BOC: 95-6 (McMannus 35 NO, Liston 21, Hilary 2-12, Atkinson 2-14)

BOC WON BY 4 WICKETS

DODGERS MAN OF THE MATCH - HENRY HILARY

The match began with only one half of the new opening partnership of Priest and Westhead batting with anything approaching true form (well done Guy!). Unfortunately, the batting was generally poor and it was only due to a solid innings from Phil McBarron (29 not out), ably supported by Clarkson (11) and extras that enabled Dodgers to struggle to 94 all out. Henry Hilary provided the highlight of the innings when, after claiming that he would "be lucky to hit one", promptly showed the rest of us how it should have been done by scoring 9 off the last three balls.

The bowling and fielding initially looked as if it would be up to the good standard that we are coming to expect from the Dodgers this year with Henry Hilary (2-12) again bowling superbly, supported by another good opening spell from Atkinson (2-14). However, some loose bowling and inconsistent fielding later in the BOC innings let them back into the game and McMannus (35 not out) and Liston (21) effectively saw them home with nearly three overs to spare. Highlights of Dodger’s fielding included a fine catch from Eddie Clarkson and a direct hit run out from Peter Harry (aiming at one stump), that any of the current Glamorgan side (I would say they're crap but have you seen Worcestershire's results this year....?) would have been proud of. The other point of interest was Dave Atkinson's eagerness to field at fine-leg / long-off, which defied explanation until we found out he was watching an aerobics class through the window!

Overall this was a disappointing performance and 94 was never going to enough to allow us any margin for error. Even so, there were enough signs throughout the game to show that we are more than capable of beating BOC, who just happen to be our opponents in the next two fixtures. We'll have the bastards next time!

Next week's game against London Media XV has been cancelled because of the England v Holland match (Eddie, if your leg is not better, can I have your ticket?). However, John Adey is thinking of organising some net practice on Thursday at Archbishop's Park. Can anyone who is interested contact John on GTN 271 5259 on Monday please?

Finally, Mike Fishman has asked me to say that BOC have two fixtures on 23 and 25 July which he thinks they may be short for. As they are against new opponents he is keen that BOC should put out a full side and has asked if any Dodgers would like to play. One game will be at Lower Sydenham and the other at Wandsworth Common. If anyone does want to play can they let me know and I will pass this on to Mike.

NEIL PRIEST

04 June 1996

Dodgers v TACD

Tuesday, 4th June 1996
Dodgers verses TACD

A very short match report this week (my last, thank god).

Turncoat Dodger Neil Priest, Captain of the opposition, was badly let down by his former colleagues and turned up with only 3 players. An inter-Dodger practice game was played. The format was six a side with Kim Matthews keeping wicket for both sides. Pairs of batsmen faced five overs and Kim Matthews batted two overs for both teams. Batsmen who got out were deducted 5 runs for each dismissal. Neil Priest's team fielded first and got off to a good start when Kim Matthews took a brilliant one handed catch diving to his right to dismiss Phil McBarron off Peter Harry’s bowling. Overall though, with only 5 outfielders this was not a bowlers game. Neil Priest’s team fielded well, hardly dropping a catch and restricting John Adey’s team to 52 (would have been about 150 without all the dismissals).

Neil Priest's team batted extremely well with good contributions from John Doyle and Richard Stone. However, the star batsman was Peter Harry who hit out superbly. Neil Priest blocked out the last few overs to win the game by a few runs (nobody knows how many) despite a late scare when he was out lbw to yours truly (don't whinge, it was plumb Neil).

So ends my stint as Captain (was that a shout of good riddance?). I hand over to Neil Priest who is captain for the next three games, the first against BOCs at Lower Sydenham next week. Good luck Neil!

Finally, I attach for information a revised fixture list for the rest of the season.

JOHN ADEY
19 July, 2003