29 May 1997

Dodgers v ACAS

29 MAY 1997


Dodgers won toss

Dodgers: 105-6 (Priest 20, McBarron 15, Westhead 14, Hilary 14, Farrell 2-9, Bidder 2-16, Bull 2-19) ACAS: 105-9 (Bidder 23, Vernon 18, Bull 18, Nixon 15, Adey 3-29, Sharp 2-29, Hilary 1-12)



Pheew - exciting stuff! Games like this one are not good for the blood pressure - good job John Adey wasn't captain.

We won the toss (again) and batted on a very good wicket. John Doyle fell early on (nothing changes!) but Pete Harry looked like giving us a great start, hitting Jerry Gibson's first ball back over his head for four, until missing a straight one (again!) after raising his head and trying to hit one into the Thames.

ACAS' bowling was very tight with all their bowlers moving it in the air and/or off the wicket. Veteran Dodgers will get an idea of just how well they bowled when I say that the much feared Jerry Gibson was their worst bowler!

A late flourish from our middle order of Westhead, McBarron, Benn and Hilary helped scrape to reasonably respectable 105-5. Briefly, Guy had his best knock of the season and actually hit a leg-stump long-hop for four for the first time in living memory, McBarron was pissed, Neil Benn ran brilliantly between the wickets (unfortunately for him usually when one of the others had hit the ball) and Henry hit the cover off it at the end. Good stuff, shame the top order generally got themselves out to silly shots and didn’t contribute more - especially guilty for the umpteenth time this year was that Priest bloke.....

ACAS started slowly in reply and we did well to keep the snail-like Nixon on strike. That is until yours truly ran him out, two balls after telling McBarron off for trying to do so! Henry bowled as tightly as usual and Phil McBarron turned in excellent figures of 0-7 off 4 overs. Who knows, if he has five pints before the game instead of four he might get a wicket next time! These figures were despite being viciously head-butted by Kim Matthews for no apparent reason. Kim said it was an accident as they both went to field the same ball - most of the rest of us thought Kim just likes to grab life’s golden opportunities...

Unfortunately, Bull and Bidder dragged ACAS back into the game, managing to get after Benn, Adey, and most surprisingly of all, the usually miserly (in terms of runs conceded.....) Sharp. However, despite a few lapses under pressure at the end we fielded well and bowled straight - John Adey hitting the stumps three times in four overs - is this a record for a Dodgers' bowler.....?

With three overs to go they needed 30 to win and the game was in the bag. With one over to go they needed eight to win and those of us who played in the final game of last season against Superstars had a horrible feeling of deja vu. However, cometh the hour, cometh the man. Up stepped Sharp, shined the ball, checked his look in the mirror and bowled an excellent final over that went for only seven to leave the scores tied.

We walked off with something of a sense of relief that we hadn't lost to find the ACAS skipper graciously offering to concede defeat because we lost fewer wickets. Naturally, we graciously accepted!

Once again, a good performance against a good side. We got a little ragged in the field under pressure at the end but that was to be expected and I was pleased with the way that, once again we played as a team. It is amazing how trying to score five an over can seem like a lot when you are batting but bugger all when you are trying to defend it in the field!

And finally, a reminder for John Adey: FOR FUCK’S SAKE PICK THE BLOODY BALL UP!!!

Quotes of the week

"I'm back!" (Guy Westhead after scoring 14 signalled his return to form with the bat).

"Oh bad luck old chap, head up and don’t worry about it" (Neil Priest to Andrew Crawford on the occasion of Andrew letting a ball through for 4. NB, this may have been mis-heard...)



Doyle c. Dickinson b Bull 2
Harry b Bull 9
Priest b Farrell 20
Crawford b Farrell 6
Westhead c. Farrell b Bidder 14
McBarron b Bidder 15
Benn NOT OUT 10
Hilary NOT OUT 14
Extras 15
TOTAL ((20 overs) 105 for 6 wkts

DID NOT BAT: Matthews, Adey, Sharp

Bull 4 0 19 2
Gibson 3 0 17 0
Farrell 3 0 9 2
Bradshaw 3 0 12 0
Bidder 4 0 16 2
Sambrook 3 0 23 0


Nixon RUN OUT 15
Cook b Hilary 0
Vernon c McBarron b Benn 18
Barrack b Adey 6
Bull c Matthews b Sharp 18
Bidder b Adey 23
Dickson b Adey 0
Farrell c. Hilary b Sharp 2
Sambrook RUN OUT 10
Bradshaw NOT OUT 4
Extras 9
For 9 wkts (20 overs)


Hilary 4 0 12 1
McBarron 4 1 7 0
Benn 4 0 25 1
Adey 4 0 29 3
Sharp 4 0 29 2

21 May 1997

Dodgers v DST

21 MAY 1997

Dodgers won toss

Dodgers: 112 all out, 32 overs (McBarron 31no, J. Hilary 23, Benn 3-13, Siva 2-26)
DST: 80 all out, 34.3 overs (Clancy 25, J. Hilary 4-16, H. Hilary 2-10, Crawford 2-8)



After winning the toss and electing to bat it was somewhat disappointing to find ourselves 30 for 5 after 10 overs. However, what promised to be the worst possible start to my stint as captain turned out to be the most satisfying Dodgers come back I have played in.

We started strongly: 3 for 0 off 4 balls. Unfortunately, we were 3 for 2 off 6 balls (John Doyle and Guy Westhead both out first ball - both to very good deliveries from Siva). Pete Harry soon followed for 5, despite having been dropped off the second easiest chance of the season (see below for the easiest chance!) and despite some resistance from Andrew Crawford (13) we were really in the shit. There was much talk of two twenty over games.

Yet again it was Phil McBarron who came to the rescue with a cautious and well grafted 31 not out off 26 overs - just what the doctor, or at least the captain, ordered. Phil was ably supported by deserving Man of the Match John Hilary (Henry’s brother) who hit a very useful looking, not to mention desperately needed, 23. Membership is £20 John...

Some hard hitting from Henry Hilary (13) at the end dragged us kicking and screaming to 112 all out, which, even on a bad wicket, never looked like being enough. The stage was set for an easy Stats win, but nobody had bothered to show Dodgers the script!

Stats got off to a solid but painfully slow start but everyone bowled and fielded magnificently. Phil McBarron bowled 6 full-tosses in his first over (so much for "hitting the wicket hard") and was lucky to go for only 5 runs. Henry bowled as tight as ever and Phil redeemed himself by bowling a maiden second over. They were well supported by Pete Harry and Andrew Crawford bowled very tightly at the end. It was time then to unleash our secret weapon John Hilary who ripped out Stats middle order in double quick time to finish with 4-16. Stats folded and it was left to Phil McBarron to finish it off by bowling Steve Dennis to give us a comfortable 32 run victory.

I feel I should mention our fielding. Apart from John Hilary letting one through that cost us a single (he is human after all) and John Doyle and Pete Harry dropping Lyndon Frances off successive balls, we were brilliant. I think it's fair to say that Pete's was the easiest chance of the season! We fielded and caught well and never let them in the game. Contact Sian Brown for lessons on how to catch a ball without actually using either hand.....

Apart from our early batting this was a very good performance by everyone and it shows what we can do when we play as a team. Stats were gutted and when I went into their dressing room after the game they were all sat around in silence looking at the floor. YEEESSSSSSS!!!!!

Phil McBarron’s Match Reports

I have been asked to point out two errors: Pete Harry took the unattributed catch in the OSD game (and a good one it was too - but also see above!) and in the report on the BOC game Phil said "we" experimented with the batting order. This of course should be "I" experimented. Thank you to all ten of the other players that night for pointing this out.


Please note that the Inter-club match on 4 June is cancelled. However, there will be nets/fielding practice at Archbishop's park on 3 June. Please contact the new (improved?) slimline John Adey for details (0171 271 5259).

Quote of the week

"John Carr has got the best body in Dodgers....." (John Doyle after a huge amount of Young's Ordinary - hmmmm.....)



Priest lbw b Benn 7
Doyle b Siva 0
Westhead b Siva 0
Crawford b Benn 13
Harry b Benn 5
McBarron NOT OUT 31
J. Hilary c Niblett b Dennis 23
Brown b Alex? 0
Matthews c Benn b Clancy 0
H. Hilary c Siva b Niblett 13
A. N. Other (Doyle again!) b Broadley 2
Extras 18
TOTAL (32 overs) 112 all out

Siva 8 1 26 2
Benn 6 2 13 3
Dennis 5 0 20 1
Alex? 5 1 16 1
Clancy 4 1 14 1
Niblett 3 0 11 1
Broadley 1 0 5 1


Taylor c J. Hilary b H. Hilary 5
Benn lbw b H. Hilary 15
Clancy lbw b J. Hilary 25
Frances c Priest b Harry 3
Whitrod c Matthews b J. Hilary 7
Siva b J. Hilary 5
Wadham lbw b J. Hilary 1
Arulandunam c. Brown b Crawford 0
Broadley b Crawford 1
Niblett NOT OUT 4
Dennis b McBarron 1
Extras 13
TOTAL (34.3 overs) 80 All out

H. Hilary 8 2 10 2
McBarron 5.3 1 13 1
Harry 8 0 31 1
J. Hilary 8 2 16 4
Crawford 5 0 8 2

NB. If these scorecards don't add up, and I have not checked them, blame the scorer (who shall remain nameless but is sometimes known as "The Cat"). I understand that some sad bastards have been stood in the Royal Oak adding them up after previous match reports. Get a life!