27 June 1999

Barnesbury Eagles (+Dodger) v Medroc/M25 (+more Dodgers)

Barnesbury Eagles (+Dodger) v Medroc/M25 (+more Dodgers)
27 June 1999
Orpington

Medroc/M25/Dodgers 100 all out
Barnesbury Eagles (+ Dodger)101-3
Barnesbury Eagles (+Dodger) won by 7 wickets
Batting/bowling stats – unavailable (thankfully)

Report

Extending their current on-field performance to encompass off-field organisation as well, a nadir was reached as 10 Dodgers (Priest, Brown, Roper, Leach, McBarron , Hilary (J)) and guests (Jason Marchant + 1, David Gilbert, Tony Whitrod) travelled through torrential rain to Orpington to find that, somehow, the Barnesbury Eagles were expecting to play Medroc/M25, rather than us. Apparently, we don't appear on their fixture list until 25 July.

After much swearing, it was agreed that John Adey (and child) were wholly to blame for the debacle, and we adjourned to the Colditz-like pavilion for a cup of tea (and in the case of the Eagles, something a little stronger). After a warming drink we reconsidered – it was unfair to burden the child with the sins of his parent: Adey was wholly to blame.

But all was not lost. For some, the afternoon was redeemed by Medroc/M25, who, exhibiting a BOCS-like organisational talent, had turned up with only 6 (beautifully kitted-out) players. Jumping at the opportunity, five Dodgers/guests – Hilary, Roper, Gilbert, Marchant and chum – agreed to play for them. Drawing the short straw, McBarron and Brown offered to umpire. Drawing the shorter straw, Leach was slotted into the Barnesbury team for what turned out to be some 30 overs of close-catching fun.

Priest lit another cigarette in the pavilion and Whitrod disappeared off home. The weather, which had at one stage looked terminal, started to ease, and we started play.

Interrupted by only one nasty rain shower, the usual Barnesbury attack did its usual thing, with Jimbo and Anthony (the younger and older Afro-Caribbean quicks) carving into the Medroc/M25/Dodgers early order. A brief respite was had whilst a new fast bowling prospect bowled a combination of bouncers, beamers and four-run byes and wides, before Naim and Jarnail – quick full pitching balding bloke and slow tubby bearded left arm spinner wrapped things up. No real glory for the dodgers, with both Hilary and Roper going cheaply, although Jason Marchant's mate did well. With a second ball duck against the tubby bearded bloke, David Gilbert revealed that his talents lay other than as a batsman. Medroc/M25 demonstrated that their 6 did not include too many batsmen. Barnesbury demonstrated their sportsmanship by putting your correspondent closer and closer in to the bat until, with Roper flailing at the spinner, he refused to get any nearer to the bat.

Going in to bat in miraculously brilliant sunshine, Barnesbury sought to finish the game off swiftly, and reached their total with some twenty overs to spare. Highlights were some very hostile bowling from Marchant's companion (we really ought to borrow him again if we can); Bertie, the Barnesbury captain, being bowled by a full toss, and complaining that it was a beamer because he ducked down so low that it flew over his shoulder; Stumpy the wicketkeeper/opener hitting Marchant's mate straight back over his head for six; and Medroc/M25 demonstrating that their six didn't include any fielders either, with a succession of misfields and fumbled catches. Roper bowled, but – I think – failed to take any wickets. Hilary didn't contribute to the Medroc/M25/Dodgers attack.

An excellent tea at £2 a head, no mention of a match fee and a very pretty ground made it a worthwhile Sunday (even if playing for the Eagles meant that your correspondent was denied a chance to demonstrate his inspirational batting or bamboozling mastery of the dark arts of spin).

But someone does need to check that fixture list for the rest of the Summer is ok. And if we do play Barnesbury on 25 July, we'll need to put out our best batting line-up –their bowling form looks pretty ominous.

Matt
28 June 1999

10 June 1999

Dodgers v Science Museum

Dodgers v Science Museum
20 Overs
Chiswick
Thursday 10 June 1999

Dodgers 110-5 (20) beat Science Museum 99-6 (20) by 11 runs

Our inaugural match against the Science Museum ended in an excellent, and ultimately surprising, victory.

Batting first, Dodgers made an uncharacteristically bright start - taking ten from the first over and seven from the second - largely thanks to Chris Jacobs. After Chris's dismissal in the third over, Phil McBarron and Neil Priest began to put together a substantial partnership. The runs never came easily though as the combination of a slow pitch, movement in the air, a slow outfield and good field placings offset any inexperience in the SM attack. [Let's be honest though - they're not too sharp between the wickets are they?]

After only nine runs had come from five overs, the boys managed a gradual acceleration until Phil was dismissed in the 17th over for 39 including two fours - the stand having added 67 in 13.3 overs. John Carr managed four before missing a heave to leg and with one over remaining the score was 96-3. The last over provided excellent entertainment: Kevin Roper was run out for one off the first ball to bring the two Neils together and there were runs, no balls, byes and leg byes off the first four balls. Off the fifth, an exhausted Priest smashed the ball to long on and started to run. Ten seconds later he had almost been lapped by Benn and, responding to a call for a fourth run with a remark questioning Benn's parentage, was run out for 36. The run out had a happy ending though - off the final ball new batsman Andrew Crawford tonked an impressive four over mid-wicket to leave us on 110-5.

To be honest 110 looked 10 or 15 short of par, but the ball was swinging prodigiously and we felt that steady bowling might well be enough to cause the Museum problems. Steady bowling was not what we got though: both Andy and Henry Hilary looked out of sorts at the start; Matt Leach was punished severely for the odd bad ball; and Kevin struggled to control the swing as the score mounted. Henry took one wicket in his spell but the introduction of his brother John changed the game.

Bowling an excellent line, John first restricted the SM batsman, then removed one, but with four overs to go the target of 18 with eight wickets left still looked an easy one. John produced another tight over to leave it 16 off 3 and then Cap'n Carr made an excellent decision - not one other senior players would have made - to bring back Andy. His response was an impressive one, bowling with much more accuracy and good pace in the gloom he removed SM's top-scorer Millen to a very neat legside catch by stand-in wicket-keeper Benn. He had survived a chance to Henry at long on earlier but otherwise had played very well indeed for his 56. SM now looked like losing for the first time and with their lesser batsmen not remotely up to the task lost two more wickets to John and Andy as we closed out the game in fine style. The last four overs had yielded five runs and three wickets. An excellent win.

Dodgers

McBarron c. b. Cronkshaw 39
Jacobs c. b. Cronkshaw 10
Priest run out 36
Carr* b. Cronkshaw 4
Roper run out 1
Benn+ not out 4
Crawford not out 4
Extras 12
Total (20 overs) 110 for 5

Did not bat: J.Hilary, Pope, Leach, H.Hilary

Wickets: 19, 86, 94, 96, 106

Bowling

Cronkshaw 4-0-20-3

Science Museum

Gallagher c. Priest b. H.Hilary 8
Millen c. Benn b. Crawford 56
Burnell b. Roper 6
Wilson lbw b. J.Hilary 3
Hopkins not out 9
Jenkins lbw b. J.Hilary 0
Parker b. Crawford 0
Davies not out 0
Extras 17
Total (20 overs) 99 for 6

Did not bat: Woodcock, Montgomery, Cronkshaw

Bowling

Crawford 4-0-19-2
H.Hilary 4-0-26-1
Roper 4-0-14-1
Leach 4-0-28-0
J.Hilary 4-0-6-2

Man-of-the-match: John Hilary