17 June 1997

Dodgers v BOC

DODGERS vs BOC
20 OVERS
LOWER SYDENHAM
17 JUNE 1997

MATCH REPORT

Dodgers won toss

Dodgers: 97 - 8 (Priest 49 N/O, Adey 15, Brown 2, Sunderland 2-23, Underwood 1-9, Bobb 1-13)
BOC: 100 - 4 (Vivian 50 N/O, Adey 2-29, Hilary 1-7, McBarron 0-9)

BOC WON BY 6 WICKETS

DODGERS MAN OF THE MATCH: NEIL PRIEST

Although BOC were stronger than usual, we lost this game because we just didn't play well enough and certainly nowhere near as well as we can, or have done earlier this season.

We won the toss and batted. This was unusual against BOC as they normally only have about five people there at the start and bat first by default.

Despite an opening stand of 31 in just four and a half overs by our extremely hung-over openers we rapidly slumped into England at Lords mode, finishing up on 97 for 8 - never enough without the likes of Sharp, Benn and Atkinson in our bowling line up.

This must rank as one of our poorest batting performances of the season. Although BOC produced a couple of decent bowlers and for once held their catches, and the wicket wasn’t the greatest we’ve ever played on, we should still have made at least 120. We played bad shots to good balls and bad shots to bad balls, didn’t run well between the wickets and started bickering and heckling from the boundary. The only real highlights of the innings were David Pope dropping his bat going for a single and stopping to pick it up (see scorecard for the result), Sian Brown nearly taking short-leg's head off with a pull shot and John Adey finally realising that he will get more runs hitting the ball as hard in the game as he does in the warm up. Next step John is to realise it is not ungentlemanly to run more than a single at a time...!

Henry Hilary and Phil McBarron gave us a glimmer of hope by only letting BOC get 16 off the first eight overs. Unfortunately, as with the batting, a good start wasn't followed up. John Adey got a couple of wickets but we never had the bowling in depth to keep the pressure on and BOC were able to cruise to victory.

We need to learn from this game and I hope we will. If we start falling out and fighting (almost literally once when we were batting I understand) amongst ourselves our batting, bowling and especially fielding all suffer. It is no good to anyone if some of our more experienced members are sulking and arguing when they should be encouraging the others and stamping out arguments before they start. This is not just aimed at any one or two individuals - there were at least four or five guilty parties including me. Our best results this year have come when we played as a team and that's what we need to do if we are going to beat sides like Superstars.

OK, whinge over. We are up against Superstars next week and we are going to bloody well win or die trying... well, we'll try quite hard anyway......

NEIL PRIEST

DODGERS

Priest NOT OUT 49
Doyle c. Vivian b Sunderland 8
Carr c. Johns b Sunderland 2
Phillips b Underwood 3
Clarkson RUN OUT 0
Pope RUN OUT 0
Brown c Jones b Bobb 2
Adey RUN OUT 15
Hilary b Vivian 0
Crawford NOT OUT 4
Extras 14
TOTAL (20 overs) 97 for 8 wkts

DID NOT BAT: McBarron

Bowling
O M R W
Sunderland 4 0 21 2
Bailey 2 0 14 0
Underwood 4 1 9 1
Bobb 4 0 13 1
Vivian 4 0 26 1
Brown 2 0 11 0

BOCS

Brown c Priest b Adey 10
Bobb b Hilary 0
Johns b Adey 13
Vivian NOT OUT 50
Sunderland b Clarkson 13
Underwood NOT OUT 6
Extras 8
TOTAL (or 4 wkts off 17.3 overs) 100

DID NOT BAT: Fishman, Jones, Bailey, A N Other x 2

Bowling
O M R W
Hilary 4 2 7 1
McBarron 4 1 9 0
Adey 4 0 29 2
Crawford 1 0 14 0
Phillips 3.3 0 23 0
Clarkson 1 0 20 0