18 July 1997

Sports Day 1997


Quarter Final

W. King Six won toss

Dodgers 46 - 2
W. King Six 38 all out

Dodgers won by 8 runs

After being put in to bat we had the best possible start when Neil Priest miss-hit the first ball of the day for 6! From then on we showed an amazing ability to find the fielders which was proved when Priest picked out deep mid-wicket, fielding at least 3 miles away on the boundary, and was caught. Although the umpires showed a severe reluctance to call wides Phil McBarron scored off almost every ball he could reach. Some lusty blows and good running by John Carr saw us to the reasonable total of 46 for 2.

All our bowlers bowled their over well, especially Dave Atkinson who only conceded three runs. Even so, with McBarron going for 13, mainly from the dangerous looking Walsh, W. King Six were left wanting only 12 off the last over with four wickets remaining. However, cometh the hour cometh the very occasional and erratic slow left arm bowling of Priest. With Walsh facing, John Doyle could be heard laying large sums of money on our opposition. Well up yours Doylee! Walsh run out off the first ball, followed by Reardon bowled off the second, soon to be followed by Watson stumped and Highland bowled! St John’s Ambulance were kept busy reviving spectators who had fainted at the sight of Priest taking 3 for 3!

And so to the semis.....

Semi Final

Dodgers won toss

Erotica 47-4
Dodgers 29 all out

Erotica won by 18 runs

Basically, we got thrashed by a much better side! Erotica batted very well and all our bowlers except one (modesty forbids me naming him but the scorecards are attached.....) went for at least nine runs and our fielding, with the exception of a fine catch by John Adey, became a bit ragged as fatigue set in. Henry Hilary, despite plenty of “anaesthetic” throughout the day, managed to pull a muscle in his chest and will miss at least one week of proper cricket - there were rumours that that wasn’t the only thing he tried to pull, telling a young(ish) lady that she was welcome to stay for the night......I bet she was, I bet she was, nudge nudge, wink wink, saaaay no more squire! Just kidding guys!

We started off slowly batting, being nine for one after two overs. Needless to say we never had a hope after that and were left well short at 29 all out. We continued to find the fielders (I’m sure they had more than four fielders!) and didn’t hit a single boundary.

We did as well as last year and had a good day as well as an even better evening! Well done to all who played and thanks to all those who came to cheer us on. Congratulations also go to our old rivals Superstars who lost very narrowly to Erotica in an exciting final. The scorecards follow.

Quote of the Week:

Sian Brown: "If your Goal Shooter can’t shoot straight you’re fucked" (Funny, I don’t remember that rule! Gonna have to to take up Netball and hope the GS is crap!)

Quarter Final


Priest Caught b Walsh 19
McBarron NOT OUT 13
Carr RUN OUT 10
TOTAL: (2 wkts) 46
DNB: Hilary, Atkinson, Adey


Reardon 0-10
Marchant 0-8
Highland 0-10
Walsh 1-5
Watson 0-11

W. KING SIX (TRANSEC operating under cover!)

Durrant b Adey 9
Walsh RUN OUT 15
Watson St Carr b Priest 6
Reardon b Priest 0
Marchant NOT OUT 3
Highland b Priest 0
Total: (5 wkts) 38


Atkinson 0-3
Hilary 0-6
Adey 1-8
McBarron 0-13
Priest 3-3

Dodgers won by 8 runs

Semi Final

EROTICA (Eastern Regional Office in disguise!)

Dunabin Ct Adey b McBarron 7
Wadrup LBW b Adey 12
Elsom NOT OUT 16
Haseman b Priest 1
Owen RUN OUT 4
Total: (3 wkts) 47
DNB: Lecroy


Atkinson 0-13
Adey 1-9
McBarron 1-10
Priest 1-6
Hilary 0-9


Priest RUN OUT 2
McBarron RUN OUT 14
Carr b Wadrup 0
Hilary Caught b Haseman 4
Atkinson NOT OUT 2
Adey RUN OUT 3
TOTAL: (5 wkts) 29


Lecroy 0-7
Wadrup 1-2
Haseman 1-7
Owen 0-6
Dunabin 0-7

Erotica won by 18 runs

16 July 1997

Dodgers v ORR

16 JULY 1997


Dodgers lost the toss and batted.

Dodgers man of the match - John ("I'm fucking knackered") Carr

In the equivalent fixture last year we lost by 10 wickets, so only losing by 1 was a vast improvement. The result was still a major disappointment because we really should have won.

We batted first and made a slow start. Out of form Priest was bowled when he managed to york himself going down the wicket to crappy donkey drop bowler Brennan. Clarkson still basking in the glory of his early season 70 is now back to his usual technically devoid form playing no stroke to several offside deliveries. He was out to the excellent Chaudhry after a slanging match with McBarron over running between the wickets. Thank God I didn't have to give him out lbw. Our score became respectable due to good innings by McBarron, Carr and Westhead. Dodgers man of the match Carr played especially well despite running out of breath towards the end (give up the fags and booze John).

Once again we couldn’t manage to dismiss Peter Murphy (who plays for Woking in the Surrey League). He was dropped a few times, including twice by Guy Westhead, the first was quite easy, the second a skier on the boundary which hurt his hand (teach him to drop the first one !). In the end we simply tried to get the rest of their team out before Murphy could get the runs. Despite some good accurate bowling from McBarron at the end we just failed to win.

My stint as Captain is now over (thank God you cry !) and Phil McB is in charge for the next game on 28 July (the 23 July fixture against DNS was cancelled ‘cause the arseholes forgot to book a pitch). For those of you who don’t know, we also lost the 8 July fixture due to rain.

Coming events

Pissed Dodgers Day - venue: the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, Friday 8th August all afternoon (contact McB for details).

Another chance to spot a pissed Dodger is in the Royal Oak on 6th August. This is the last day before the Oak closes for several weeks for refurbishment. Sadly, fellow Dodger, landlord Ian Wadhams and his wonderful partner Val (does this qualify me for a free pint ?) will not be returning when the pub reopens. So all please come along to say farewell and to drink the place dry!

Quote of the week: "I have a bat and I know how to use it" - Sian Brown scaring the Royal Oak Friday night crowd shitless.

MATCH REPORT - by John Adey


N Priest b Brennan 6
P McBarron st Bullman b Kerrigan 33
E Clarkson c& b Chaudhry 8
A Crawford c Murphy b Cooke 3
J Carr c& b Murphy 41
G Westhead not out 15
†K Matthews not out 3
Extras (w 8, nb5, lb 2) 15
Total (for 5 wkts) 124

Chaudhry 4 0 11 1
Brennan 2 0 14 1
Cooke 2 0 19 1
Fielding 2 0 18 0
Kerrigan 3 0 24 1
Murphy 4 0 17 1
Bullman 3 0 19 0


M Chaudhry b Adey 5
*P Murphy not out 68
J Kerrigan b Adey 0
P Smith b Sharp 0
†R Bullman b Atkinson 31
Fielding c Matthews b Brown 1
M Brennan b Atkinson 2
I Cooke b McBarron 8
T Perchard b McBarron 0
Batterbee b McBarron 0
Hewitt not out 0
Extras (w 6, nb 1, lb 1, b 2) 10
Total (for 9 wkts) 125

Sharp 4 1 22 1
Adey 4 0 24 2
Brown 2 0 21 1
Atkinson 4 0 25 2
McBarron 4 0 18 3
Priest 1.1 0 13 0