27 July 1999

Dodgers v ORR

Tuesday 27 July 1999
20 overs

Dodgers batted first by virtue of only having 9 players at the start

DODGERS: 123 for 2 (Priest retired 50, McBarron 40, Rose 2-18)
ORR: 118 for 4 (Ringer retired 53, Rose 30 not out, Hilary 1-13, Crawford 1-13)



Our fourth annual match against ORR turned out to be the closest so far and one of the best games this season - despite ORR no longer having the services of Meneer and Murphy to call upon.

We batted first and John Adey promised us that the bowling would be a buffet of lollipops - ha! (there's a quote of the week in there somewhere but I can't quite put my finger on it). ORR's recent new entrants include some very useful cricketers and this year their were only one bowler light. Despite some good line and length swing bowling on a pitch with variable bounce we got off to a solid if slow start, Priest and McBarron eventually putting on 101 for the first wicket before Phil was bowled off his pads by Rose and Priest retired having made 50 (at last!). Westhead will want to forget his first ball which he chipped straight back to Rose but some speedy running from Benn and big swings from Crawford (a couple of which he actually connected with!) took us to a good total of 123.

Henry opened the bowling and quickly ripped out the middle stump of one of the ORR openers. Unfortunately this only served to bring Ringer (surely not his real name...?) to the wicket who proceeded to smash our bowling to all parts of the county before retiring with a quickfire 53. Fielding and Rose continued the battering and we were lucky to hold on to win by 5 runs - mainly due to four very tight overs from Crawford at the death. Some of the other bowlers will wish to forget their figures so I've included them for all to see! Generally, we dropped too many catches (although none were easy - Priest 2, Brown, Roper and Westhead 1 each) and bowled to short - we'll need to be better against BSI next week...

All in all though, the kind of game that makes the trip to Chiswick worth it.


Priest Retired 50
McBarron b. Rose 40
Westhead c&b. Rose 0
Benn NOT OUT 7
Crawford NOT OUT 11
Extras 15
TOTAL (20 overs) 123 for 2 wkts

FoW: 1-101, 2-101

DNB: Roper, Adey, Pope, Brown, Hilary, Sharp

Umer 4 0 18 0
Bryant 4 1 17 0
Brennan 1 0 18 0
Kerrigan 2 0 16 0
Rose 4 0 18 2
Bulmer 4 0 32 0
Nadir 1 0 2 0


Ahmed RUN OUT 17
Hafeez b Hilary 0
Ringer RETIRED 53
Fielding c Priest b Crawford 0
Rose NOT OUT 0
Bullman c Benn b McBarron 9
Kerrigan NOT OUT 0
Extras 3
TOTAL (20 overs) 118 for 4 wkts

FoW: 1-1 2-71 3-74 4-117

DNB: Henderson, Brennan, Stott, Meers

Hilary 4 1 13 1
Roper 4 0 28 0
Adey 4 1 28 0
Sharp 2 0 18 0
Crawford 4 1 13 1
McBarron 2 0 17 1

25 July 1999

Dodgers v Barnesbury Eagles

Sunday 25 July 1999

Yet another non-event against the Eagles. Having struggled to get eleven people to Orpington for the second time in a month it was disappointing not to play a proper game again! Eagles managed to produce 5 - their Asian contingent. We therefore played an 8 a side practice (exhibition...?) match. Dodgers won the toss and batted first getting 107, highlights of which were Adey's 16 opening the batting, 30 not out from Priest and Crawford being run out by a direct hit for the third time in a week. Eagles plus Tony Whitrod, John Hilary and Jason Marchant's mate Mike (who's a bit good) got the runs easily in the end, the highlights being the fielding efforts of John Adey and Matt Leach. It's a story that really needs telling in a bar somewhere for full effect so if you weren't there you'll need to buy a drink for someone who was - let's just say it wasn't pretty!

Next year we'll have to seriously consider whether it's worth trekking all the way to Orpington and pissing off guest players when we don't get a proper game...

23 July 1999

Sports Day 1999

Friday 23 July 1999

We got knocked out in the semi-final for the fourth year running. The first game was against One Ball in a Box, who we narrowly beat two years ago. This year was somewhat different. Knowing that we only needed 42 to qualify as one of the highest scoring losers, we won the toss and batted, before running up the second highest score of the day: 72 for 2 off five overs. This was despite Andrew Crawford being run out without facing off the first ball of the game and mainly due to guest ringer Paul Stimson smashing the required 42 on his own. Paul bats number 10 for Honour Oak in the Surrey Championship - which puts the rest of our efforts into perspective! Not much to say about their innings - 15 all out. A 57 run win in a five over game is always nice!

On to the quarter final against DSA, who had posted a big score in their first round game. We lost the toss and were put into bat. Paul dragged the first ball onto off stump - 0 for 1. This only set the stage for Andrew and Chris Jacobs to get the biggest score of the day - 73 for 1. Again we cruised through their innings and they could only manage 30 odd. So far so good.

Leaving the field and looking forward to a rest before the semi v Erotics (Bedford) we were told that we had two minutes before we had to start so that the final wouldn't be late. Despite protests that we at least needed to have time for a drink on a very hot and windless day Bedford were set to claim the game if we didn't start straight away (they'd had nearly an hour off). We won the toss, batted and got 49 - again mainly due to Paul, Andrew and Chris. Taking the field for the Bedford innings we stood around in the sun before finding out that Bedford had asked for, and been granted, a ten minute break between innings! We looked understandably jaded in the field and bowled too many wides (four runs apiece) and lost with three balls to go. Bedford were then given another half hour break before the final (which they went on to win).

A disappointing end to a good day's cricket. Although we lost to a better side (including a Bedfordshire Minor Counties player - casual AA...?) Graham Starkey from DOETRA has agreed that we should have been given a rest before the semi and has said he will be looking at the close relationship that Bedford have with the organisers for next year.....

Thanks to all those who came to support us and to the team: Paul Stimson, Chris Jacobs (superb 'keeping and batting all day), Andrew Crawford, John Adey, Phil McBarron, Kevin Roper and Neil Priest.

John Doyle's Old Codgers unfortunately went out in the first round to the Highways Agency by 4 runs. Their score of 40 was just one run short of a highest losers berth in the quarter finals. Superstars lost their first game - tee-hee.

20 July 1999

Dodgers v DTI Stumpless

Dodgers vs DTI Stumpless
20 Overs
Tuesday 20 July

Dodgers 82-6 (17.1) beat DTI Stumpless 81ao (19.5) by 4 wickets

A lacklustre game which we won with ease in the end...... but nerves were stretched along the way.

Acting captain Neil Priest lost the toss and we fielded, DTI having just seven present by 6.20pm. The opening spells contrasted sharply: Henry bowling four very tidy overs taking one for six and Andrew losing all his rhythm in the strong wind and conceding 15 from two. Replacing Andy, Kevin bowled beautifully initially making full use of the wind to assist his inswinger, but his three slightly wayward deliveries were all hit for boundaries to ruin his figures.

DTI's score mounted slowly against more tight bowling from John Hilary and they had reached 58-3 off 16 overs. Over number 17 from Phil McB will live in the memory of those present for a long time. Some indifferent deliveries were dispatched for four, but then Woods - DTI's only batsman of note - drove Phil to David Pope at mid-on. They set off for a single; David raised his right foot; we all got ready to curse another boundary; David lowered his right foot; the ball was trapped; he stooped; he picked it up; he underarmed it at the stumps; it hit them directly; and the batsman was duly run out. No words of mine can describe the Dodgers' reaction so I'll simply leave those not present to guess.

Woods had made a tedious 32 from 56 balls but DTI then lost more wickets - including a first for Matt Leach (thanks for the jugs!) - until That Man Pope bowled the final over. His fourth delivery (an excellent catch by Guy - it really was one of those freak games) and fifth delivery (bang on target) ended the DTI innings. We await his hat-trick ball against BSI next week!

Our innings began badly. After two wides and a four, Priest swung at yet another abysmal delivery and succeeded only in lifting it to mid-wicket. The partnership between Guy and Phil was 19 in seven overs, which was boring but not disastrous; the only highlight being Guy's somewhat eccentric running. At one point he turned down a single to the point boundary and waited until Phil got to within a yard of him to say so. The fact that Phil got back quite comfortably having completed 42 yards tells you something!

With Phil's dismissal to a catch by super sub John Hilary, Andy run out and Kevin being taken with an excellent catch, we were wobbling precariously at 44-5 with 13 overs gone. There was nothing to worry about. Some typically steady batting from Neil Benn and a rapid 20 from John - including 13 runs from his first four balls - saw us to the brink of victory which Henry completed. Bring on Barnsbury Eagles!

DTI Stumpless

Morgan b. H.Hilary 7
Woods run out (Pope) 32
Rosengarten b J Hilary 8
Stuart b Leach 9
Ed c. Westhead b Pope 7
Watson b Priest 1
Davies b Pope 6
Worsley not out 0
Extras (nb1, w8, b1, lb1) 11
Total (19.5 overs) 81 all out

Wickets: 1-19, 2-33, 3-49, 4-68, 5-69, 6-77, 7-77


H.Hilary 4-0-6-1
Crawford 2-0-15-0
Roper 4-1-14-0
Leach 2-0-10-1
J.Hilary 4-1-11-1
McBarron 1-0-12-0
Pope 1.5-0-9-2
Priest 1-0-1-1


Priest* c. Stuart b Watson 4 (5)
McBarron c. sub (J.Hilary) b Morgan 11 (29)
Westhead b Woods 8 (28)
Crawford run out 1 (1)
Benn+ not out 14 (21)
Roper c. b Watson 1 (2)
Hilary J. b Woods 20 (11)
Hilary H. not out 2 (2)
Extras (nb1, w15, b3, lb2) 21
Total (17.1 overs) 82 for 6

Did not bat: Pope, Leach, Brown

Wickets: 1-6, 2-25, 3-26, 4-43, 5-44, 6-80

Man-of-the-match: David Pope

12 July 1999

Dodgers v Superstars

12 JULY 1999


Dodgers: 114-9, 20 Overs (Carr 33, Priest 20, Westhead 16, Mc Barron 13; Whitrod 5-20)
Superstars: 103-6, 20 Overs (Gundry 35 not out, Conway 20; Roper 1-7)

Match Report: Guy Westhead

An excellent win by Dodgers against the "old enemy". This was a fine team performance with the best ground fielding I've ever seen from a Dodgers side (with the exception of the last few deliveries in fading light) and superb clean hitting from captain John Carr. 50 runs in 6 overs between over 11 and 17 made all the difference with John scoring a high proportion.

We won the toss and batted. A reasonable start was made with 23 off the first 4 overs. Phil Mc Barron was out to an unusual dismissal for him - clean bowled attempting a slog. Guy Westhead alternated periods of obdurate defiance mostly against Gundry with the occasional good shot and was disappointed to see the inaccurate Ledger taken off after 2 overs. After 11 overs the score had slowed to 48. Having been dropped twice by Gigg and Meylor (the first a full-blooded slash to gully) he departed third time unlucky to a good catch by Taylor diving forward at point. This brought together Neil Priest and John Carr. John made a great start and did not look back scoring 4 fours and a six in his 33 inside 5 overs. Neil, in his first innings for several weeks, was content to play a supporting role. When these two departed with 4 overs left the innings went into a slump with only 11 scored off the last 4 overs and 6 wickets lost. The final score of 114 was good against a class side but not good enough... we thought. Whitrod took 5-20 but wickets were in truth sacrified in search of runs.

When Superstars opened their innings Conway began in style and Neil Benn's first 2 overs went for 16. But importantly Neil snapped up the wicket of Barry Gigg to a good catch by Kevin Roper. Wickets then fell steadily against some tight bowling with only 35 runs coming off 12 overs from Hilary, Roper and Adey. Dodgers' ground fielding was for once a revelation with scarcely any errors and good concentration by all. Let's keep it up boys and Cianne! There was a worrying period in mid-innings when it looked as though the weather might save Superstars as the gloom descended and drizzle began to fall. Fortunately this was not to last. After some plodding batting by Lomas and Barraclough in mid-innings Gundry and Carter came together with 14 an over needed off the last 4 overs. For one over they were equal to the task but 'old man'' Terry Carter took too much of the strike and they could not keep it up. Phil Mc Barron put in a cameo bowling appearance putting in a tidy solitary over for 6 runs near the end to seal Superstars' fate. Gundry looked a good prospect for Superstars remaining undefeated on 35 and whipping Cianne Brown and John Hilary to all parts.

All in all a fine victory. Shame we shared a changing room with the opposition and couldn't celebrate in style. This victory will give us valuable confidence for the rest of the season.


Dodgers Innings

McBarron b Taylor 13
Westhead ct Taylor b Marchant 16
Priest ct Gundry b Ledger 20
Carr ct Taylor b Whitrod 33
Roper ct Gundry b Whitrod 5
Benn ct Gundry b Whitrod 6
Hilary J ct Marchant b Whitrod 0
Adey J b Ledger 0
Hilary H b Whitrod 6
Matthews Not Out 3
Brown Not Out 0
Extras (b2, w8, lb1, nb 1) 12
Total 114 for 9

Gundry 4 0 12 0
Ledger 4 0 27 2
Taylor 4 0 18 1
Marchant 4 0 32 1
Whitrod 4 0 20 5

Superstars' Innings

Conway b Hilary (H) 20
Gigg ct Roper b Benn 3
Meyler Run Out 0
Lomas ct Hilary (J) b Roper 6
Barrowclough lbw b Hilary (J) 6
Carter Not Out 16
Taylor b Adey 4
Gundry Not Out 35
Extras (b2, w6, nb 2) 10
Total 103 for 6

Benn 2 0 16 1
Hilary H 4 1 12 1
Roper 4 1 7 1
Adey 4 0 16 1
Hilary J 4 0 27 1
McBarron 1 0 6 0
Brown 1 0 16 0