10 September 2000

Dodgers v Buckhurst Hill


Result – Dodgers lost by 130 (or 134 or 136 – the score book doesn’t add up) runs.

We fielded first on a hot afternoon. Our opening bowlers struggled to find their line and length and the Buck Hill batsmen attacked from the start, with some powerful hitting. We weren’t helped by some undistinguished fielding, with several misfields and two dropped catches. They weren’t easy looking into the sun but we have held sharper chances this year. I own up to being one of the culprits. Several Dodgers were feeling the effects of Neil Priest’s stag do the day before. I have no such excuse but the sun was very bright and the ball came out of it like a Spitfire.

Buck Hill passed 50 with no discernible worries but things looked up when we changed bowlers. Mike Coronno, an athletic-looking New Zealander, had already impressed us with his fielding and he bowled with hostility and accuracy, taking a deserved three wickets. From the other end John Hilary was also accurate and our fielding improved, keeping the run rate down. The arrival of Gatty to the crease was worrying, as we remembered his powerful hitting from the year before. He continued in that vein but we stuck to the task, with Phil bowling particularly well. I took much less punishment than might have been expected and actually beat Gatty through the air a couple of times (honestly I did).

Buck Hill scored 186 in their two and a half hours at the crease (or 184 or 180, depending on which way you add up the score book). This was better than looked likely at one stage and we felt we were in with a chance. Acting captain Neil Priest decided he didn’t want to bat and put himself at nine, telling the openers he expected them to get the runs.

This didn’t last long. In the first game last year we noted a young fast bowler playing for the opposition. Woolf was quick then but took no wickets and went off after a few overs. This year he tore us apart. He bowled off a long run-up with tremendous pace and moved the ball in off the seam. Before long we were eleven for four and the match was effectively over. Woolf didn’t do the sporting thing and go off to give us a chance but kept tearing in. Phil looked a little more comfortable against him and was a bit surprised to be given out LBW. Only Tony Whitrod showed some aggression, with a terrific six that had the Adey family scurrying for cover. Neil Priest came in at nine and delayed the inevitable as long as he could, doing his best to keep the rest of us away from Judge Jeffries.

The game was over before 6pm. Our only consolations were that no-one was killed and we won’t have to face Vlad the Impaler again. Surely he’ll be playing for the Buck Hill 1st or 2nd teams next year (we hope). He claimed to be a mere 16. Perhaps we could arrange a fixture for them v Superstars and see how Gundry likes it up him...

Person of the match – Mike Coronno.

PS someone in the next section has just described someone as 'crying wolf'. I wish they wouldn't use that expression.

Buckhurst Hill 3rd team innings

O’Neill ct Brown b Coronno 50
Roper b Coronno 25
Anthony lbw b McBarron 23
Gatty b Coronno 53
Atkinson b McBarron 0
Ishmail ct Adey b Pope 0
Smith not out 3
Extras (nb7, w14, b4, lb1) 26
Total 186 for 6*
(*or 184 or 180)


Crawford 7 – 1 - 32 – 0
Benn 5 - 1 - 25 – 0
Hilary 6 – 1 – 27 - 0
Coronno 9 – 0 – 27 – 3
Adey 5 – 0 – 25 – 0
Pope 4 – 0 – 26 – 1
McBarron 5 – 0 – 17 – 2

Dodgers innings (do you really want to read this ?)

McBarron lbw b Woolf 5
Adey b Woolf 0
Coronno b Woolf 0
Cooper b Woolf 0
Benn b Woolf 5
Whitrod b Ishmail 18
Hilary ct a n other b Woolf 2
Crawford b Woolf 0
Priest b Ishmail 5
Pope b Woolf 2
Brown not out 0
Extras (nb1, w2, b9, lb1) 13
Total 50


Attila the Hun 11 – 3 – 16 - 8
Brickell 5 – 0 – 14 – 0
Ishmail 5.4 – 2 – 10 – 2

30 August 2000

Dodgers v ORR

Dodgers v ORR
Wednesday 30th August 2000

Toss ?
Result: Dodgers won by 29 runs
Start 17:40
Finish: in near darkness

Reporter Nick Sandamas

Well the Dodgers continued their good run of late with a comfortable win over ORR by 29 runs in a game where the opposition were struggling to keep up with the run rate.

The Dodgers took to the crease first with Bultitude and Priest the first 2 batsman and they started like a house on fire with them punishing every poor ball bowled to them, extras also increasing the total.

After 12 overs the Dodgers raced to 126 without loss at almost 11 an over. Bultitude and Priest both completed their 50s, so they retired giving McBarron and Captain Carr a chance in the middle, but McBarron was first man out having scored 7 being bowled by Bulman (McBarron must have been thinking of Yorkshire v Surrey). Joy on the faces of ORR, as they finally managed to take a wicket even though it took nearly 14 overs to achieve it. 126 for 1.

Number 5 John Cooper came out onto the middle to partner Carr who was still unbeaten. Cooper didn't last long as in the 16th over was bowled by Bryant for 2. 143 for 2, so in came Mr (never scored a run) Sandamas. Sandamas looked nervous as he was chasing that first ever run in a Dodgers shirt, but alas it did come after 4 balls (and the small crowd were cheering). That was Sandamas's only run as he was caught off a superb catch by Ahmed off the bowling of Lake. 151 for 3 with 2 overs remaining. Carr (15 n/o) and Rolls (3 n/o) took the score up to 155 for 3 leaving the visitors 156 to win off 20 overs at nearly 8 an over.

So now the turn round. The Dodgers took to the field with Benn and Adey opening the bowling. ORR needed to score fast. However the breakthrough came in only the 3rd over with Benn taking the wicket of Ahmed LBW for 2.(where's the red line?, Simon Hughes where are you). In the very next over Couch was bowled by the so called spin of Adey for 1 and the score was 9 for 2. The Dodgers kept the bowling very tight with the score moving slowly to 35 for 2 off 7 overs still requiring another 122 off 13 for victory with 8 wickets left. In Adey's last over he took the wicket of Bulman for 22, a good stumping by the Cat (Matthews) 36 for 3. With Adey and Benn now bowled out, in came Pope & Cooper. Cooper didn't take a wicket in his 4 overs but had good figures of 0 for 20. The score had moved on to 79 for 3 when Pope took the dangerous Bryant for 41 caught by Cooper. 79 for 4 off 14 overs.

Rolls and Sandamas took over the bowling for the remaining 4 overs. 1 more wicket fell in almost fading light. Lake stumped by McBarron for 5 (where was Kim?) in the very last ball of the match.

So ORR finished on 126 for 5 to lose by 29 runs. Joyce retired on 23.

So a good way to end August.


Bultitude Retired 50
Priest Retired 51
McBarron b Bulman 7
Carr Not out 15
Cooper b Nathan 2
Sandamas c Ahmed b Lake 1
Rolls Not out 3
Extras (22nb/w, 4b) 26
Total (20 overs) 155 for 3

Wickets 1-123, 2-143, 3-151


Bryant 2-0-9-0
Japan 3-0-31-0
Ahmed 4-0-27-0
Couch 2-0-30-0
Bulman 4-0-22-1
Nathan 4-0-28-1
Lake 1-0-4-1


Ahmed LBW b Benn 2
Byrant c Cooper b Adey 41
Couch b Adey 1
Bulman St Matthews b Adey 22
Joyce Retired 23
Gulf-Mannion St McBarron b Sandamas 13
Lake Not out 5
Extras (18 n/b/w), 1b) 19
Total (20 overs) 126 for 5

Wickets 1-8 ,2-9, 3-35, 4-79, 5-126


Benn 4-0-14-1
Adey 4-0-30-2
Cooper 4-0-20-0
Pope 4-0-27-1
Rolls 2-0-17-0
Sandamas 2-0-17-1

Man of the match: Darren Bultitude

23 August 2000

Dodgers v LCD (Allcomers)

23 AUGUST 2000

Result: Dodgers won by 77 runs. Start: 6.05 pm Finish: too dark to read a watch

Dodgers Man of the Match: Not voted.

A lovely warm sunny day augured well for the coming match against LCD and another opportunity for Dodgers to knock up an impressive victory, but being LCD it was not to be. "We've definitely got six" in the morning proved to be four by the time we got to Chiswick. With Superstars' Whitrod along to help with numbers it should have been ten a side and a proper game but, with McBarron preferring the company of an Israeli at Heathrow, we were down to eight a side. So for the record the game does not count towards averages this season - a pity for some of us as it happens.

With both sides in the bar by 5.25pm, it looked like an early start would mean we could get through the full 40 overs but this proved not to be. With the impending early gloom and a start still after 6.00pm, the decision was taken to bowl the full 20 overs each, an ambitious target even if Paterson could turn round his overs quickly. But as you will see, we did get a result, even if it was is the dark.

To even the sides to eight each, Dodgers Benn, Cooper and Samuels joined LCD (thanks guys). Dodgers batted and with McBarron at the stumps with Doyle as umpire Bultitude and Priest opened the batting. Needless to say, Bultitude, with plenty of gaps in the field, managed to mix boundaries with making Whitrod earn his keep on the mid-on boundary. With a dry hard pitch there was little movement and runs proved easy to come by with Benn going for 14 off his first over and 40 were scored off the first three overs. With Priest playing and missing outside off stump, Bultitude was first to reach 50 at which point he was retired by Captain Carr. Bultitude's departure did at least mean that Whitrod did not have to do so much running around - a pity! Priest was joined at the crease by Crawford, getting an early bat by pleading injury and not being fit to bowl. Both moved the total on quickly until Priest also retired after reaching his 50. Carr was next in, but runs were not as easy to come by and a 200 run total started to look out of reach. Carr was soon bowled for 14, followed by Crawford for 30, including a satisfying big six off Benn. Adey joined Brown and his first ball was run as an easy one, then got a five with four overthrows, an all too common occurrence on a fast outfield. Having survived an appeal for getting his body in way of the ball (see below) he was then run out going for a dodgy second with one ball left. Cursing his luck, Matthews strode forward to the crease, only to be run out himself. Brown remained not out at the other end having scored four. Of the bowlers, on Mathura produced respectable figures, going for 13 off his four overs. Honorary LCD'ers Benn, Cooper and Samuels all suffered at the hands of the batsmen.

A total of 184 looked gettable under normal conditions, but with the light fading it always looked an uphill struggle and the only result likely was if Dodgers could bowl out the opposition. With Paterson and Adey opening the bowling, LCD managed 15 off the first two overs including a five (four overthrows again) off a decidedly pissed off Adey, before losing Wittekind clean bowled by Paterson. In came class batsman Mathura who moved the score on quickly. Adey was clearly out of luck as Priest dropped him on the boundary, with the ball going for four, and then hit for six next ball. But then came the hand (or at least finger) of Doyle. A full toss from Paterson being given out LBW. This turned the game, with Bultitude coming on to take three wickets including Whitrod caught by Priest to make up for his earlier drop. Logan, Benn and Samuels kept the score moving in the descending gloom but following the departure of Mathura the Dodgers total never looked in doubt. Just in time before it became unplayable Samuels was superbly run out by a direct hit from Brown to give Dodgers a deserved victory.

Thanks again to Benn, Cooper, Samuels and Whitrod for helping make up the numbers for the opposition and to our supporters – Judith Brierley (who also scored) and guest and John Doyle (who also umpired).

Quote of the week: (Anon.)

When the ball hit Adey on the backside stopping him being run out, "If it had lodged he could have run again".

Dodgers Innings

Bultitude Retired 50
Priest Retired 50
Crawford b Philips 30
Carr b Benn 14
Brown Not Out 4
Adey Run Out 8
Matthews Run Out 0
Extras 28
Total 184 for 4

Did not bat: Paterson

Os M R W
Phillips 4 0 44 1
Benn 4 0 31 1
Mathura 4 1 13 0
Samuels 3 0 38 0
Whittekind 3 0 24 0
Cooper 2 0 18 0

LCD Innings

Whittekind b Paterson 12
Logan b Bultitude 18
Mathura L.B.W. b Paterson 31
Whitrod c Priest b Bultitude 9
Cooper Run Out 4
Phillips b Bultitude 0
Benn Not Out 14
Samuels Run Out 9
Extras 10
Total 107 All Out

Paterson 4 0 21 2
Adey 4 0 44 0
Bultitude 3.3 0 15 3
Priest 2 0 16 0
Brown 1 0 10 0

15 August 2000

Dodgers v DCMS


A day where dodgers got out there and got busy with doing what they do best "Winning".

Our all mighty JC strode out to do the pitch inspection, brimming with confidence (some had whispered it was the three pints before hand and not the quality of the side that brought on this emotion).

From the make shift pavilion, dodgers watched the rise and fall of the coin, wishing that the Capt., would get one right and we would field in the second half of the game, as the sun and heat was taking its toll on the British in the side.

JC turns from the pitch with his head down (another loss toss) and suddenly the dodgers we seen scampering for water as we knew we were to take the field for the first half, and by the efforts in the field later on in the day, showed we should of been some where, any where else then fielding in an Oval, where safe hands and technique were unspoken words during most of the dodger fielding.

This is where it seemed that the Skips bad luck had ended. Bringing Paterson on with the opening over, with the usual fire in his eye and a passion to suit, banging balls in all over the wicket, causing the batsmen to call for a new supply of nappies to catch the excess caused by the Blond Haired Bandit. From the other end, Roper, with an eight of the size of Paterson's run up(DCMS must of thought this was the Loral and Hardy show), but never the less an equal amount of fear was produced in the oppositions eyes as Roper with his custom inswingers and newly developed outswingers, landing them on the spot and causing more trouble than a Japanese phrase book in Greece.

The two lads keeping the run rate to a minimum, with excellent bowling spells. Roper was rewarded in his second over with the wicket of McCowan who looked a lot more comfortable out in the field later in the day after a change of briefs.

Paterson egged on by Roper at the change of ends took his solemn wicket with the help of Matthews gloving it perfectly, and was unlucky not to have another when our beloved VC (Priest) thought that he would give the opposition a hand in putting down a dolly in the slips, which JC than thought it better to place him where the ball might come to him a bit slower, (like out near the bar). Roper was rewarded again through his consistence. Two wickets for Roper and two boundaries to help his temper along through some unhealthy fielding which would have produced better figures for the big guy.

With Paterson rested, a new bowler was to come storming in, Crawford was his name, kept it tight he did too, for an over or two. 20 overs came and Dodgers having held DCMs to 65, should not have taken the drinks break as the batsmen had magic potion, with Dodgers drinking something from the Thames if the second half performance was anything to go on.

With Drinks done and dusted the Dodgers set out to keep the opposition to a low total, with the sun setting behind the ever appearing clouds the fielding technique should have been on the improve.

Crawford and Benn took up the bowling duties, but with Graffie settled at the crease and seeing the ball like a young lad on the beach spotting sets of white pointers, Graffie found the runs easy to come by and a dot ball became unfamiliar to the scores.

Crawford being told to have a Kit Kat, Bultitude took the well beaten ball, bowled a couple of tight overs and even had Graffie walking back to the pavilion until the Skip realised that he didn't have his bucket with him and was unable to hold the catch. Benn from the other end struggled to find line and length and bowled out his overs with a run rate that he would rather see next to his batting figures rather than his bowling figures never the less picked up a wicket.

The Skip decided to rest Bultitude and bring back Crawford who picked up a wicket on the way to completing his 8 overs. Leach took the place of Benn, not much difference in the pace of the bowling for the batsmen just Leach had a quicker ball that Matthew's found harder to handle than a hot potato. Leach & Benn later teamed up well to engineer a run out, but DCMs were well settled and seen out there 40 overs with 181 on the board, looking smug DCMs thought that this total would see them through.

Bultitude and McBarron were sent out to get us off to a go start, but with Bultitude swatting at the ball like he had a chop stick in his hand it looked like the evening was going to be a long one. Mc Baron played his usual steady roll as the anchorman and knocking the ball around nicely, until, he waltzed halfway down the pitch where the ball struck him on the front pad (where some one shouted Howz that!!! The umpire in shock from the noise, thought they said " Lager is that" rose is finger, for yes I'll have one, leaving McBarron walking back to the team with amazement written all over his face.

With McBarron gone, and Bultitude finally seeing the ball, he started to find the boundary on a regular occasion the field was quiet quick, which made the boundaries alot easier to come by, a little easier that stay out of the way from the visually challenge umpires that seemed to be standing at either ends of the wicket. Priest in the same frame of mind as Bultitude who had struggled to find runs next to his name, had no problem out there today, playing some glorious strokes, and for this writer was man of the match. The run rate quickened and by the 18th over, the score was at the 120 mark with Bultitude notching up another 50, and Priest not far behind, Bultitude at 59 had a ton on his mind, but others had different ideas as yet again a shout for leg before came and with the visually impaired umpires looking any where but at the wicket, went to the guide dog for help and with more shouts than a Bon Jovi concert, the umpire got catch up, raised the finger and Bultitude was gone not to mention liveried.

To replace him was Cooper, with a quick fire 7, he was catch behind to end his days play. Carr was next up and with runs being seen next to his name on a regular occasion was no stranger out there today, but it was Priest who was conducting this Band today, and played many of his favourites, grabbing his 50 in fine fashion and ending the day with 72 not out and hitting the winning runs. Well done Neil.

The Dodgers over all performance was good although the fielding needs some attention and I'm sure that people getting out to play the next match will be looking to redeem them selves. Once again Dodgers WELL DONE, a convincing win.


Mitchell ct. Matthews b Paterson 2
McCowan b Roper 5
Scott b Benn 48
Robson b Roper 0
Graffie not out 79
Brand b Crawford 1
Fitzgerald not out 9
extras 15
total 181

dnb: Gillan, Marks, Jackson


Paterson 8 4 16 1
Roper 8 1 29 2
Crawford 8 1 51 1
Benn 8 0 45 1
Bultitude 4 1 18 0
Leach 4 0 23 0

Dodgers Batting

McBarron LBW b Gillam 11
Bultitude LBW b Fitzgerald 59
Priest not out 72
Cooper ct W/K b Fitzgerald 7
Carr not out 10
extras 13
total 185

dnb: Benn, Leach, Roper, Paterson, Crawford, Matthews

Bond 6 0 30 0
Scott 6 0 33 0
Gillam 7 0 52 1
Fitzgerald 8 3 26 2
Jackson 2 0 13 0
Marks 3.1 1 16 0

08 August 2000

Dodgers v Superstars


8 August 2000

Dodgers beat Superstars by two runs

A famous victory was nearly the-game-that-never-was due to the succession of heavy showers that had fallen during the afternoon. Fortunately Chiswick had been largely spared but the hard wicket carried a little surface water, which lead it to cut up as the match progressed. But was batting really this difficult......?

A hard, tense match was always in the offing, but no one quite envisaged what was to come, especially as Dodgers – inserted correctly by Barry Gigg – collapsed to 24-5 after nine overs. Bultitude had gloved a short lifter from Mike Taylor to slip; McBarron had tried to turn another leg side ball from Mike and only succeeded in chipping it to square leg; Priest became the first of four caught and bowled victims as Marchant got one to stop on him; Benn attempted an ambitious cut from the same bowler to be bowled; and Cooper chipped one back to Richard Abigail – all for single figures.

Facing humiliation, our strengthened batting line-up came into play as John Carr and Kevin Roper began the fight-back with a succession of ones and twos. Kevin eventually perished at mid-wicket off Abigail at 47-5 in the 13th before John's knock ended on 20 – the match's top score – when he was caught behind. In the same over, Crawford, who had been scratching around before hitting Abigail for a rare boundary, was run out by a direct hit from the boundary. Andy subsequently claimed that because of his slight injury the second run wasn't there, but his partner Paterson had watched the incident in his ground at the other end, leaning on his bat. Without being too hard on Andy, the lesson is that too many Dodgers don't run the first one hard and turn blind when there is no danger of an immediate run out – on a day like this when misfields were frequent, this could have been extremely costly.

At 58-8 after 15 we needed to dig in again. Paterson (11no), Adey (8) and Leach (2no) – all on rare batting excursions – did extremely well in the circumstances to guide us to 81-9 at the end.

Could it be defended? Old hands reckoned we needed quick wickets and Paterson and Roper tried to oblige with attacking fields. Rod was particularly fired up, playing some extremely loud and frequent "chin music" to Gigg. The wickets didn't fall though until Kevin finally removed Craig Perera in his final over, and it was almost the last throw of the dice at 30-1 after eight when Crawford and Benn were introduced. Together they got us back in the game with some tight bowling: Neil picked up Steve Carter and Barry Gigg in successive maidens and Andy bowled Steve Lomas whuilst going at less than two runs per over. Their eight overs had yielded 3-17, and ended with the vital run out of Tony Whitrod. Pressed by Matt Conway for a third, he twice said no then inexplicably left his ground and seemingly didn't try to get back as the first of several excellent throws from Rod flew in.

As many as 33 were needed off four with the capable pair of Conway and Abigail at the crease. Adey's first over cost 10, and might have cost a lot more. 23 off three and mounting tension. Bultitude was then called from behind the stumps and bowled well. 17 off two and mounting unhelpful abuse from certain Dodgers over misfields. The next over from John was decisive and he might have had two catches whilst conceding just six. 11 off the last needed. The first of Darren's over was a dot and that just about sealed it as try as they might, the Superstars pair couldn't hit the boundary, eventually falling two runs short.

No one seriously believed we would get out from 24-5 to win – especially without bowling Superstars out. The toss was helpful for them and their bowlers judged the right length to bowl quickly as our top order disintegrated. We fought hard and their failure to hit any boundaries in 20 overs added to the pressure. With four overs left singles and twos might still have worked, but panicky fruitless swings were too often the result.

Dodgers clearly look the stronger of the two DETR social sides at the moment (copyright M.Leach: May 2000) and DOETRA must seriously be questioning their sponsorship of such a ramshackle outfit (only joking lads). A fabulous game - 20-over cricket doesn't come a lot better than this. And we won.



Bultitude (w) c Marchant b Taylor 6
McBarron c Perera b Taylor 4
Priest c & b Marchant 1
Benn (w) b Marchant 4
Carr (c) c Carter T b Abigail 20
Cooper c & b Abigail 2
Roper c Gigg b Abigail 10
Crawford run out 8
Paterson not out 11
Adey b Patten 8
Leach not out 2
Extras (w4, lb1) 5
Total 81 for 9

FOW: 6, 12, 14, 21, 24, 47, 56, 57, 76


Taylor 4-0-14-2
Patten 4-0-12-1
Marchant 4-0-14-2
Abigail 4-0-20-3
Conway 4-0-20-0


Gigg (c) c & b Benn 18
Perera c & b Roper 8
Carter S c Carr b Benn 0
Lomas b Crawford 5
Whitrod run out 5
Conway not out 16
Abigail not out 16
Extras (w9, lb1, b2) 12
Total 79 for 5

dnb: Carter T (w), Taylor, Marchant, Patten

FOW: 30, 33, 36, 42, 46


Paterson 4-1-13-0
Roper 4-0-16-1
Crawford 4-0-7-1
Benn 4-2-10-2
Adey 2-0-17-0
Bultitude 2-0-15-0

Man-of-the-match: John Carr

25 July 2000

Dodgers v BOCS

25 JULY 2000

Result: Dodgers won by 43 runs
Dodgers Man of the Match: Terry Hawton


Another towering six crashes over the boundary edge to close the Dodgers innings. The striker acknowledges the rapturous applause of his teamates which greets his hundred, raises his bat modestly and allows himself a weak smile. Our crestfallen opponents the Combined C...s (an elite XI which mixes the finest players from the sides Dodgers play) trudge off wearily. Who would have thought that with Dodgers reeling at 38-8 just a few overs ago that we would manage a score of 160 in our 20 overs.

No time to rest on your laurels big fellow remarks Captain Carr as our hero removes his pads. We need you to open the bowling – this game ain’t in the bag yet!

The C...s opening batsman, a helmeted Barry Gigg, fidgets nervously in his crease as wicketkeeper Matthews takes up his position some 35 yards distant. Our hero thunders in and releases a supersonic delivery – before Gigg can react his legstump is sent cartwheeling and lands next to a sprawling Matthews taking evasive action. Panic fills the C...s ranks with no batsman prepared to take Gigg’s place.

All of a sudden Adey wakes up with a jolt. Alas, it was just a dream!


A memorable match for several reasons.

BOCs surprised seasoned Dodgers well used to their unreliability by turning up on time with as many as 10 players (a loaned Kim the Cat completed their 11). This promising start couldn’t last. Unfortunately, they had also turned up without any stumps! With the prospect of improvised stumps looming large, Matt Leach offered salvation by saying that he could return to his adjacent home to collect a set of stumps he owned. The only slight snag was that he only possessed 4 stumps. It was decided that we could get by moving the three stumps which formed the batting wicket at the end of 10 overs. What Matt had failed to mention was that his stumps were not full size and some incredulous gazes greeted his triumphant return. Consequently the game started 40 minutes late with twiglets as the wicket. Ironically, our early season game against the intriguingly named DTI Stumpless was cancelled. BOC Stumpless, as they should be known from now on, are obviously cousins!

Dodgers batted first on a poor wicket against mediocre bowling and amassed a reasonable 132-6. Bultitude and Carr were the pick of the batsman and both hit some fluent boundaries. Bultitude was unlucky to be well caught off a firm shot. Adey opened the batting and amused the watching masses with his impression of Caribbean "down on one knee" batsmanship. McBarron laboured 11 overs for a stodgy 28 and Westhead, Priest and extras chipped in usefully.

The rest of the night belonged to new boy Terry Hawton who returned sensational figures of 5-6 (the best bowling analysis ever produced by a Dodger) which left BOCs reeling at 20-8! The first two came off successive balls courtesy of decent slip catches by McBarron desparately trying to make up for his abject batting. The hat-trick ball was survived by Liston. Terry was well supported by his opening bowling partner Matt “is that a tiny stump in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me” Leach who chipped in with a wicket. There was also an early run out courtesy of some excellent fielding (Terry again I think). With the pressure off, Carr quite rightly in my opinion, allowed Guy and Sian a full bowl. Sian bowled well and got 2 wickets and Guy was creamed rather less than many of us expected. BOCs were able to obtain a respectable 89 all out courtesy of some good batting by nos 10 and 11, John Underwood and our very own Kim the Cat (unfortunately for Kim his 15no is inadmissible for our averages). Priest will want me to record that he got the last wicket aided by a good catch from John Hilary (I know it wasn’t a difficult chance but any catch we take is a good one).

The evening was rounded off with a good slurp at the Spread Eagle. Terry has been forewarned that future opponents and thus wickets are likely to prove rather more difficult.



Bultitude ct Astavia b Underwood 24
Adey ct Jones b Vivian 4
Priest ct Jones b Astavia 10
Westhead c & b Liston 14
McBarron not out 28
Benn ct Matthews b Liston 6
Carr ct Astavia b Paull 20
Hilary not out 7
Extras 21
TOTAL (20 overs) 132 for 6

Dnb: Brown, Hawton, Leach

BOCs Bowling

Underwood 4 overs 1-17
Vivian 4 overs 1-31
Astavia 4 overs 1-18
Liston 4 overs 2-21
Paull 2 overs 1-11
Sunderland 2 overs 0-28


Vivian run out 8
Jones b Leach 0
Sunderland ct McBarron b Hawton 3
Astavia b Brown 10
Sandle ct McBarron b Hawton 0
Liston ct Bultitude b Hawton 1
Kentish b Hawton 0
Gooday b Hawton 0
Paull b Brown 0
Underwood ct Hilary b Priest 30
Matthews not out 15
Extras 11
TOTAL (17.2 OVERS) 89 all out,

Dodgers bowling

Leach 3 overs 1-14
Hawton 3 overs 5-6
Brown 4 overs 2-18
Westhead 4 overs 0-35
Hilary 2 overs 0-13
Priest 1.2 overs 1-2

Quote of the week: Guy Westhead "this lager doesn’t taste very nice" as he slugged his 4th large gulp of Matt Leach's pint of Youngs Ordinary.

04 July 2000

Dodgers v MOD

4TH JULY 2000

Match Reporter – John S Adey (after Sydney H Pardon*)


Played at Chiswick, July 4 1900

A lot of rain having fallen and cloud, combined with a late finish in the murk, batsmen on both sides found themselves in the greatest difficulties except for Mr McBarron the Yorkshire amateur who played a capital innings to win the game for the Dodgers Gentlemen. It was a pity that the unsporting War Dept. players accused Mr McBarron of retiring simply to protect his average of over a hundred. What rot ! All present could testify to Mr McBarron’s heavily damaged hair as the reason he left the field.

The game began after six o’clock and Dodgers got WDs first four wickets down in short measure after some capital bowling by Mr Rodney Patterson and Major Crawford (Charterhouse 3rd XI 1877). The Dodgers fielded splendidly and held all their catches except for Mr Benn who missed an easy catch off the bowling of Mr Adey who remarked acidly "don’t worry lad we’ll get him in no time". The absolutely most marvellous catch was produced by Mr Matthews behind the stumps. The WD made only 76 runs in total with the invited Marchant and the Hon M Leach contributing greatly to their batting collapse.

When Dodgers time came to bat Mr McBarron and Mr Westhead hit up a goodly start although Mr Westhead looked anxious to get run out to avoid the gloom. Mr Westhead seemed to be suffering a deficiency in his batting spending much time compiling fourteen runs. What a contrast this offered to another wretched innings by Mr Sandamas who could find no form at all. After Mr McBarron retired, Mr Benn and the splendid Captain – Lt Col Carr hit off the remaining runs. Overall the WD team cut a poor figure in the field.

* SH Pardon – editor of Wisden 1880 - 1915


Morgan lbw b Crawford 1
O’Brien b Patterson 9
Donnan c Matthews b Crawford 0
Willie lbw b Adey 1
Firmin c Patterson b Marchant 19
Fleming lbw b Leach 3
Bamber run out (Marchant) 23
Redpath c McBarron b Marchant 3
Channan c Leach b Marchant 0
Dennison not out 3
Strutton b Leach 3
Extras (nb3, w2, b4 lb2) 12
TOTAL (all out) 76


Mr Paterson 4-1-8-1
Mr Crawford 4-1-5-2
Mr Adey 4-0-20-1
Mr Leach 3.1-0-19-2
Mr Marchant 3-0-15-3


Mr McBarron retired 43
Mr Westhead lbw b Bamber 14
Mr Sandamas b Firmin 0
Mr Benn not out 4
Mr Carr not out 1
Extras (nb5 w6 b5) 16


Channan 4-1-13-0
Dennison 4-1-4-0
Bamber 2.5-0-18-1
Strutton 4-0-21-0
Firmin 4-0-13-1

28 June 2000

Dodgers v BSI


Another week, another victory, compare us to the Australian test team rather than the Bangladeshis.

The Dodgers team amassed at Chiswick hungry for more success and early on it all went well. On a dampish and slightly overcast evening (I've always fancied myself as a bit of a weatherman) we were keen to field first to make full use of the conditions. Captain Carr cunningly lost the toss but employed his Jedi mind games to ensure that they decided to have a bat.

In the field the game started reasonably well. Paterson and Benn kept things relatively tight in the opening eight overs conceding just twenty-nine runs. This could have probably been four fewer if I had decided against bowling my devious slower ball which turned into a full toss duly despatched for a comfortable four. Somewhat irritated I sent one down a bit quicker and thus the opening partnership was broken.

Pope came on for Paterson with Hilary replacing Benn. Unfortunately for Pope Hyde now had his eye in and was quite frankly seeing the ball like a beach ball. However, after seeing his first two balls dissect strategically placed fielders (on the boundary) and go for four Pope pulled it back conceding just five off his remaining four balls. At the other end Hilary opened with a tight if unspectacular over conceding nine runs, little clue of what was to follow. After Pope's second over went for eleven Hilary kept it tight with just one run of his next including some strong and quite beautiful twirly leg-before appeals. McBarron replaced Pope but found it tough early on, that said his first over only actually produced two scoring shots, unfortunately both of these were fours.

Arguably the next over turned the Dodgers performance in the field round. Hilary had been working up to quite a pace and now bowled an inswinging yorker which Charlston played all round, and was possibly lucky not to see his toe broken Younis style. Replacing him Harland was then trapped plum LBW with Hilary's triple salko receiving a 9.8 from the Russian judge. Unfortunately the deserved hat-trick escaped Hilary by the merest of thick inside edges (middle-of-the bat I'm afraid) but Hilary had turned the game on it's head. After McBarron was unfortunate to see something like sixteen catches go down in his next over Hilary returned to claim another wicket (one which I quite blatantly cannot remember) to finish with McGrath like figures of 3 for 15.

Brown and McBarron finished the Dodgers overs with some tightish bowling. Brown was perhaps unfortunate to see her two overs despatched for thirty two during a quite fascinating psychological battle with Holloway where, despite his hitting her for the odd four and one rather nice six, she continued to give the ball plenty of flight challenging the batsmen to hit her out of the ground. BSI finished on a healthy one hundred and twenty five for four but Dodgers remained confident(ish).

At this point I've realised that this report is getting far too long and if you've read it this far then you probably deserve my congratulations. Anyway onto the batting which opened up with Priest and Bultitude with the latter clearly struggling from a hamstring strain. Bultitude had obviously made up his mind to score only in boundaries (is this new?) and looked set to achieve that with an absolute stormer (Benaud 1997) of a shot. Unfortunately though Bultitude picked out a rather jammy and tall sod who stuck out his right hand and must have been as surprised as anyone to see the ball stick. Replacing him Cooper too hit a fine shot but with real precision picked out Harland who held onto a difficult chance. At the other end Priest must have been concerned but if he was he did not show it. Rather he displayed his full array of shots, looking especially strong off his back foot. If there can be any criticism of Priest's innings it was as he put it later that he "picked the fielder every f**k*ng time". Priest though was running out of partners with Carr clean bowled by the excellent Steadman.

It was Matthews timely entrance that was to change our batting performance and put the Dodgers back in contention. Matthews was clearly strong off his legs consistently playing a fine leg-slide glancy type paddly thing (Benaud Senior 1886). The Priest/ Matthews partnership was ended when Priest was forced to retire having made a timely 31 but his replacement came in the guise of the more than adequate McBarron. Just as it looked like Matthews was set for a big score he was bowled and replaced by Paterson who spent a fair amount of time walking to the wicket and an equal amount of time walking away from it again bowled by a rather unfortunate straight ball which is just not cricket as far as I am concerned.

If Hilary was concerned on his way to the wicket he simply did not show it. Having made an excellent 31 McBarron too was forced to retire having hit the ball to all parts of the park. Using writers licence I feel I must break off here and say that watching McBarron in full flow is simply devastating, his shot selection matching that of all the greats (does this make up for my appearing to be "in a mood with you" during the match Phil?)

Anyway back to the game. Hilary was knocking the ball all over the place and knocking it a long way too. He clearly wanted to get the game over and done with despite us needing 21 runs from the last three overs. Hilary was joined at the wicket by Benn who, in a break from his normal style of play, was looking to nurdle (new record for consecutive use of this word in relation to Neil's batting achieved) the ball for singles and farm the strike to the swashbuckling Hilary. Benn must have surely been delighted by the fielding side's compliance with his plan as they chose to protect the boundary rather than field close in. As Benn came to the wicket he tells me that Dodgers still needed 40 odd off the last 4 (Paraphrased from J.C's e-mail of 10:18am this morning). However, with Benn's nurdling and Hilary's cavalier style this soon became twenty-one off three. In one final giant push that saw Hilary looking to ensure victory ASAP this became six of two and with relative ease Dodgers coasted home to another victory.

Thanks go to everyone who turned up and my mate Dave who supplied me with the “legal” drugs that made this report possible.

Man-of-the-match – Well no one told me but if it wasn't John “all-rounder” Hilary then I will pick up my ball and go home and sulk.

Boring stats bit yaawwwnnnn!

Innings of BSI

D Steadman b Hilary 13
C.Powell b Paterson 16
D.Hyde Retired 31
J.Terry Retired 25
K.Harland LBW b Hilary 0
D.Charlston b Hilary 3
C.Holloway Not Out 25
D.Michael Not Out 4

O M R Wkts
R.Paterson 4 1 11 1
N.Benn 4 0 18 0
D.Pope 2 0 24 0
J.Hilary 4 0 15 3
P.McBarron 4 0 21 0
S.Brown 2 0 32 0

Innings of Dodgers

Priest Retired 31
Bultitude c.Hyde b.Ward 2
Cooper c.Harland b.Ward 0
Carr b.Steadman 0
Matthews b.Harland 15
McBarron Retired 31
Paterson b.Hyde 1
Hilary Not Out 24
Benn Not Out 3
Pope DNB
Brown DNB

O M R Wkts
Steadman 3 0 7 1
Ward 3 0 15 2
Terry 3 0 20 0
Harland 4 0 18 1
Hyde 4 0 26 1
Charlston 2 0 23 0
Holloway .5 0 2 0

13 June 2000

Dodgers v Highways Agency


Result: Dodgers won by 14 runs
Start: 6.10pm (!!)
Finish: 8.45pm

Dodgers Man of the Match: Darren Bultitude

A dry evening with lots of sunny intervals set the scene for another well deserved but hard fought Dodgers victory. Highways won the toss and put Dodgers in to bat on what looked and proved to be a good batting strip. A strong Dodgers side (lets ensure we get as good a team out against Superstars!) suggested a high scoring game and so it proved. Supported by a lot of noise from the boundary courtesy of George Adey, McBarron and Bultitude opened, with the latter scoring freely to move the total along at around six an over, including some excellent boundaries and surviving at least a couple of dropped catches. McBarron meanwhile remained steady at the other end pushing singles and twos to move the partnership on to 103 off 13 overs – an excellent achievement. However, in the 14th over Bultitude’s luck ran out and he was well caught in the covers for 57. McBarron was joined by a subdued Priest who only managed three singles before being caught behind. By this time McBarron had finally been told he had reached his 50 so he started to play a bit more adventurously, scoring a couple of boundaries. Next to the crease was Samuels who scored six by the end of the innings, which closed on 147 for 3. There were no stars among the Highways’ bowling but Patel surprisingly only bowled two overs much to the relief of our batsmen. A notable absentee, however, was Phil Patten who was apparently suffering from sunburn! I expect he was really just trying to protect his average.

Thanks to Westhead and Paterson for helping Highways make up the numbers in the field.

Dodgers then took to the field looking for an easy victory but some later bowling decisions by captain Priest confirmed it was far from plain sailing. Patterson opened the bowling and turned in the best bowling of the day by far, opening with a maiden (he wished) and ending with what should have been a wicket maiden except for a wide ball. Some disappointing – no, poor – no, crap – bowling from Roper (sorry Kev) set Highways off to a flying start, with Carman moving quickly to forty odd. He was soon replaced by Adey and his deceptive “fliers”, soon taking the first wicket when Siva picked the only Dodgers player who can be relied on to catch the ball, namely Bultitude (just make sure you can live up to this reputation Darren). However, Adey was clearly distracted by the female support because he eventually went for 43 off his four overs. Patterson took the next wicket, bowling quick enough (quote - anon) "to literally break the stumps whereas Adey isn’t even quick enough to break the wicket".

Meanwhile Tailor came in and kept the score moving on and with both sides on 75 after ten overs, it looked like anyone’s game. With Priest clearly concerned about a possible lost match, he brought on Bultitude to help bowl the middle spell with Crawford. The run rate slowed a little but with only Bultitude taking the important wicket of Carman for 44 and Tailor pushing the score closer to the target, Priest bottled it and brought on Benn from behind the stumps to bowl two overs. This proved to be a sound move. With Highways only five runs behind Dodgers after 18 overs, the game could have gone either way but Benn bowled tightly and with the sun shining straight in Tailor’s eyes bowled him in the 19th over. This proved decisive and Dodgers came in winners by 14 runs. A good team performance.

Thanks to our supporters – Kim Matthews (who also scored), John Doyle (who also umpired), John Cooper and Sue and George Adey. Is this a record?

Quote of the week: (See above and...)

Priest (having heard coins jangling in someone's pocket on the field): "I know it couldn't be Guy as he doesn't walk in."
Westhead: "You told me not to."
Benn: "Between overs, not balls!"

Dodgers Innings

McBarron Not Out 67
Bultitude c Blasi b Gorringe 57
Priest c Wk b Gorringe 3
Samuels Not Out 6
Extras 14
Total 147 for 2 wkts

Did not bat: Sandamas, Westhead, Benn
Crawford, Patterson, Adey, Roper

Patel 2 0 13 0
Tailor 4 0 24 0
Carman 4 0 29 0
Blasi 2 0 24 0
Raymond 2 0 15 0
Gorringe 4 0 25 2
Nish 2 0 11 0

Highway Agency Innings

Siva c Bultitude b Adey 26
Carman b Bultitude 44
Blasi b Paterson 0
Tailor b Benn 30
Nish Not Out 14
Raymond b Benn 0
Lamprill Not Out 3
Extras 16
Total 133 for 5 wkts

Patterson 4 1 6 1
Roper 2 0 24 0
Adey 4 0 43 1
Crawford 4 0 26 0
Bultitude 4 0 25 1
Benn 2 1 5 2

Dodgers Won by 14 Runs

07 June 2000

Dodgers v DCMS

Dodgers v Department of Culture, Media and Sport
7 June 2000

Dodgers beat DCMS by four wickets

The two teams assembled in the best weather of the year to date for this encounter, thankful at least to be playing on grass rather than the threatened (and lively looking) artificial strip alongside.

DCMS were pegged down early on by the pace of Paterson and Crawford, the latter picking up two helpful lbws. Replacing Rod, John Hilary bowled an admirable spell, mixing away swingers and off spinners/cutters at will and was not flattered by his figures. John Cooper also generated a great deal of swing but tended to drift too many deliveries down the legside. Sian made light work of a catch at mid-on off his bowling, though, to leave DCMS struggling a little at 52-3 at the mid-innings break.

Matt Leach bowled quite fluently and picking up one victim, as did Phil McBarron thanks to a good low catch by stand-in keeper Neil Benn. DCMS opener Sean Cove had batted steadily and was still there when the arrival of Neil Bond at number 8 threatened to de-rail the Dodgers' effort. Bond was particularly savage on David Pope's first over, but had difficulties in the second before being dropped off a difficult chance by Benn.

The drop had little cost, however, as Paterson returned to the attack. Bowling very quickly, he sent Bond's leg stump cart-wheeling back with a yorker – the "champagne moment" for sure - before bowling a hapless tailender and trapping another lbw to finish with fine figures of 3-19.

The target of 157 looked within range and despite losing Westhead early for a duck lbw, veteran grinders Benn and McBarron kept the board ticking nicely against the DCMS second string having been rightly cautious against the openers. 56-1 after 16 overs was a very satisfactory start, but Benn then got out paddling a high full toss to backward square for 17 and John Cooper followed soon after playing a horrid shot across the line of low straight delivery. Cap'n Carr righted the ship with McBarron expertly, taking the score to 114 in the 29th over with some good running and three excellent straight fours. His dismissal was..... err.... controversial, lbw a very long way forward. [Umpiring from square leg, JC was 4 feet down; with the bowler delivering in-skidders, the chances of it striking him in line and still hitting leg stump were about zero.]

Two more wickets fell in horrific fashion quickly: Crawford wiping across a triple-bouncer for 1 and Paterson (having hit an attractive straight drive for four) wiping across a double bouncer for 8. At 130-6 with 7 overs left the victory seemed in doubt, but ice-man Hilary combined with McBarron sensibly to win the game with 6 balls to spare. The sight of the three musketeers (Pope, Brown and Leach) all padded up simultaneously no doubt providing the spur he needed to stay in. McB's 52no – with no boundaries – was an excellent effort, proving the adage that success sides have someone who bats for a very long time in these 40-over games. Out of touch, Phil had batted resolutely throughout, offering no chances and blocking the better bowlers effectively where necessary.

This was a good performance from the Dodgers, though our batting was unconvincing at times. It was no coincidence that, on a pitch with little bounce, our three straightest batters scored best and there were some horrid dismissals among the big hitters. DCMS had been unable to resist our opening bowlers in the way McBarron, Benn and Carr had done to theirs. Our support bowling – especially John Hilary - was far better, conceding 18 fewer wides. Our fielding was good too, especially John Cooper at long on; an improved performance from David Pope; and one memorable stop from Matt Leach. Benn conceded 10 fewer byes than his DCMS counterpart behind the stumps, and 25 fewer extras overall made a significant difference in the end.

DCMS won the toss and elected to bat.

DCMS Innings

Cove lbw b Paterson 63
Bradshaw lbw b Crawford 6
McGowan lbw b Crawford 0
Paragreen c Brown b Cooper 9
Coster b Hilary 2
Scattergood c Benn b McBarron 9
Fitzgerald D b Leach 8
Bond (c) b Paterson 26
Fitzgerald B not out 12
Jackson b Paterson 0
Dawes not out 2
Extras (w16, b2, lb2) 21
Total (40 overs) 156 for 9

FOW: 20, 22, 52, 54, 85, 104, 137, 141, 141


Paterson 8-1-19-3
Crawford 8-2-20-2
Hilary 8-0-17-1
Cooper 4-0-18-1
Leach 4-0-24-1
McBarron 4-0-22-1
Pope 2-0-19-0
Brown 2-0-13-0

Dodgers Innings

Benn (w) c Scatt'd b Fitz'd D 17
Westhead lbw b Bond 0
McBarron not out 52
Cooper b Bradshaw 1
Carr (c) lbw b Fitz'd B 21
Crawford b Paragreen 1
Paterson b Dawes 8
Hilary not out 11
Extras (nb1, w34, b12) 46
Total (39 0vers) 157 for 6
dnb: Brown, Pope, Leach

FOW: 11, 58, 59, 114, 118, 130


Bond 8-3-13-1
B Fitzgerald 8-1-17-1
Bradshaw 8-1-22-1
D Fitzgerald 3-0-10-1
Jackson 4-0-23-0
Paragreen 3-0-18-1
Dawes 2-0-11-0
McGowan 2-0-11-1
Scattergood 1-0-5-0

02 June 2000

Superstars vs Dodgers

Superstars strike back

Superstars vs Dodgers
Thursday 2 June 2000

Start 2.30pm
Finish 7.45pm
Weather: Dry
Dodgers won toss and elected to field
40 overs

On a glorious day by the standards that have so far preceded it, Superstars, having been put into bat by Carr took to the field at Chiswick for the first rematch of the season.

Good tight opening bowling by Benn and Roper restricted Superstars' first pair to a slow start. Gigg, their captain and some time Transec-er, settled in quickly and confidently. However, Steve Carter at the other end looked slightly less sure of himself and soon succumbed to a dolly catch by Roper off Benn for a duck. The sardonic Dodgers hinted that tactically this may not have been the best of moves but that it would have been imprudent not to take it.

Meyler joined Gigg for a fairly brisk 18. He was dropped by Cooper off Birch Minor, running in from cover who only to "lose the ball at the last minute in the sun". He was caught sharply by Priest at slip fairly shortly afterwards.

Whitrod played cautiously and hit out at the right balls for his well-paced 34 before being bowled comprehensively by Benn. Matthews suffered a recurrence of an old war wound early on and had to be helped off the field. Benn threw on the pads behind the stumps to be replaced later by Priest. Crozier made 9 but was expertly run out by Roper who threw the stumps down from 6 yards up the wicket. Gundry came out and made a quick 16 before he too was clean bowled, this time by debutant Bultitude. Terry Carter was bowled by Benn for only 4 as Superstars looked to up the scoring rate near the end of the game. At one time they looked like making 180 but would have needed an extra over to make this. Taylor and Marchant saw the innings out on 10 and 2 respectively. Superstars were 173 for 7 wickets off their full 40 overs.

After the "tea" interval Dodgers set about what was considered to be a fairly modest total. And they set off like a rocket. With Benn consolidating at one end, the merciless Bultitude set about Gundry like a man possessed. To the distant sound of great cheers from the bench he pasted the ball to all quarters. At the end of 3 overs Dodgers had reached an impressive 26 runs. Inevitably it was too good to last and he Bultitude succumbed to a catch by Perera off Patton having made 22 including 4 fours.

Cooper, now established as the number three in matches where Dodgers play Superstars, joined Benn. Dicing with death at every turn, a streaky one flew over slip. A high one to mid-on was dropped by Perera. A miraculous run-out escape! The deceptive Taylor drew another hoick (sic) which lofted to the ubiquitous Gundry who is clearly Cooper's nemesis.

Benn continued to nurdle (a word heard to be uttered by the Channel 4 Test Match team) proficiently gathering important singles and twos. Most importantly he stayed around to anchor the innings.

Priest, batting at four strode in and after taking a single tried to cut a rising one but Gigg plucked it out of the air at point. It was a good catch but as Priest commented on returning to the bench it was "a shit shot" (editorial licence invoked here).

Sandamas, in next, did not fare much better, being clean bowled by the increasingly accurate Taylor without troubling the scorer. Worse was yet to happen as Roper following at number six joined the Golden Club (inaugurated this season by Cooper against Transec). Dodgers had gone from 48 for 2 to 50 for 5 in short order.

Carr brought some much-needed stability and runs to the middle order and with Benn they pushed the score on before towards one hundred. An unfortunate mix-up led to Carr being stranded.

Birch Minor got in and then after having warned by the 'keeper got out for 6, thereby avoiding having to bat with his dad, Birch Major. The reliable Gigg took the catch off Marchant. The aforesaid Major took a direct hit from Perera for 1 who was producing a very tidy spell.

Leach, coming in with Dodgers on 106 for 8 and facing an uphill task produced stoic resistance but fell foul of an unscheduled meeting in the centre of the wicket with Benn who noticing the urgency of the situation had accelerated (slightly) his scoring rate. The ball made it's way to the stumps and the run-out curse had hit Dodgers again.

With Matthews otherwise indisposed Dodgers brought on Brierley who had conveniently arrived not long before to bat. However, with the score on 108 for 9 and still needing 64 win, things weren't looking rosy. Some slipshod and slapstick fielding resulted in one for the collectors - a five. But with Superstars toying with the tail end the bitter end loomed. With one final pounce Marchant took Brierley's dolly off Crozier. The defiant Benn carried his bat but ran out of partners and Dodgers were 121 all out slumping to their first defeat of the season.

Result: Superstars won by 52 runs

Man of the Match: Darren Bultitude


Gigg* ct Roper b Birch S 52
Carter S ct Roper b Benn 0
Meyler ct Priest b Birch C 18
Whitrod b Benn 34
Crozier run out (Roper) 9
Gundry b Bultitude 16
Carter T b Benn 4
Taylor not out 10
Marchant not out 2
Extras 26
Total 173 for 7 wickets

did not bat: Perera, Patton

O M R W Av
Benn 8 0 34 3 11.3
Roper 5 2 13 0 -
Birch C 8 0 29 1 29
Leach 8 0 33 0 -
Birch S 4 0 27 1 27
Bultitude 7 0 34 1 34


Benn not out 34
Bultitude ct Perera b Patton 22
Cooper b Taylor 14
Priest b Taylor 1
Sandamas b Taylor 0
Roper (Golden) b Marchant 0
Carr* run out (Taylor) 19
Birch C b Marchant 5
Birch S b Perera 1
Leach run out (?) 1
Brierley c Marchant b Crozier 7
Extras 17
Total 121 all out

(Matthews dnb)

O M R W Av
Gundry 4 0 23 0 -
Patton 4 0 16 1 16
Taylor 8 3 13 3 4.3
Marchant 8 0 33 2 16.5
Perera 7 0 18 2 9
Crozier 1.4 0 3 1 3
Carter S 1 0 7 0 -

Fall of wicket: 1-27, 2-48, 3-49, 4-49, 5-50
6-91, 7-105, 8-106, 9-108, 10-121

Superstars won by 52 runs

23 May 2000

Dodgers v Transec

Dodgers v Transec
23 May 2000


For the second week in a row a Dodgers victory was snatched away by the vagaries of the weather and the deviousness of the opposition. After a delayed start due to the late arrival of Roper with the kit (supposedly due to the state of the traffic but in all probability actually due to the state of his car – he proudly pointed out to me that it had nearly 200,000 miles on the clock) the respective captains agreed on a game shortened to 20 overs a side. Not-out batsmen would retire at 25 with the option of return if the last man were out before the completion of 20 overs.

Dodgers batted first; a sensible decision as it allowed those not batting to take both refuge in the pavilion (shed) from the incessant rain and the piss out of the opposition who were getting soaked. Westhead and the fetchingly blond Paterson opened the batting. With Westhead scoring 2 from opening bowler McBarron's first ball, a lively start looked likely. No such luck. With the score on 12 Westhead was bowled by Birch Major in the 4th over having added a mere single to his opening score. Brown then joined Paterson and kept the score ticking over. During this period of play McBarron relayed the news that he had made a unilateral decision to extend the game to 25 overs per innings. Swearing audibly, Captain Priest accepted this but passed comment that he wished he'd known earlier as he may have changed the batting order (what into I don't know).

Brown was next out - caught by jammy McBarron via the wicketkeeper off the bowling of Birch minor in the 8th over with the score on 27. Greeting this dismissal with a further expletive Priest, pausing only to stub out his fag and make a final adjustment to his Souwester, strode resolutely to the crease aware that once again the opportunity to improve his batting average had arrived. His appearance at the wicket to join the by-now free-scoring Paterson, added a touch of class to proceedings and with the usual display of judicious stroke play and outright luck the partnership pushed the score to 82 before Paterson retired having reached 27.

Sandamas, replacing Paterson, continued in form and was quickly out for another duck, clean bowled by a useful ball from (?) with the score still on 82. Roper then partnered Priest until the latter retired having scored 26. Unfortunately his replacement, Matthews (harbouring the impossible hope that he might also have to retire on reaching the same score), successfully leaving his first ball which passed only millimetres from his leg stump and pushing his second for an excellent single, was then run out with the score on 90 by the treacherous Roper; keen to exact retribution for the presumed criticism of his Volvo. Next man Cooper was unfortunately bowled first ball by Carter, without any addition to the score.

Hilary joined Roper and the free-scoring rhythm displayed earlier in the innings was quickly re-established. The score moved rapidly to 111 at which point Roper retired on reaching 25. Reluctant next man Pope, bemoaning the weather and muttering his usual defeatist comments, scored a quick 2. He then took advantage of a dubious appeal for caught behind by Gigg off the bowling of Trott, by walking and happily returned to the shelter of the shed. Paterson, resuming his innings, added only 3 before being stumped by Gigg after missing a widish ball from Birch Major, with the score on 134 in the 21st over. Priest returning for his second helping, quickly resumed where he had left off and, ably supported by Hilary, pushed the final Dodgers score to 166 for 7.

Between innings Priest produced the new keepers gloves purchased at great expense from a con man in Asia. Presumably intended for a braver man (or someone who could actually catch the ball) than the ancient “cat” the right hand glove had no padding at all and consequently after having the ball hurled at him a few times by quickie Paterson, Matthews wisely rejected them in favour of the old ones.

Wiping the water out of his eyes Roper opened the Dodgers bowling and taking advantage of McBarron's ploy of putting his “best” batsmen in up the order, clean bowled both opener Jordan (golden 0) and Trott (1) in the first over whilst other opener Gigg, having cannily taken a single from his first ball, watched with amusement from the other end. Old man Carter then joined Gigg and Dodgers prepared for a dose of the usual punishment. This was not to be as good bowling from Roper and Cooper and first change Hillary restricted the scoring to 18 in the first 5 overs. In the 6th Hillary, bowling excellently in the treacherous conditions and having filled the bowlers footholes with sawdust he'd mysteriously acquired – presumably the fuel supply for Roper's car - turned a ball which bowled Carter (4) through the gate with the score on 22. New man Hyland having threatened was then excellently caught by Paterson (still blond despite the unrelenting deluge) off the bowling of Cooper with the score on 35.

At this stage McBarron took to the field to partner Gigg. This pairing fended off quickie Paterson and took advantage of slowie Pope long enough for Gigg to retire having scored 27. Birch Minor and Mcbarron then plundered further runs from both Priest(looking as if he wished he was in the pub) and Brown (looking distinctly rusty) before McBarron retired, also on 27. Birch Minor partnered by Stokes proceeded to keep Transec in the frame by taking runs from the Dodger's new attack of Westhead (looking forward to his wedding) and Sandamas (looking distinctly as if batting might be his strength).

Throughout this passage of play umpire McBarron, awaiting the opportunity to turn down an LBW appeal, had to endure the relentless whinging of other umpire Carter pleading for the abandonment of play due to rain finally gaining access to the inner sanctum of his truss. To his credit at this stage McBarron stoically turned a deaf ear to these imprecations, maintaining that as he had promised all of his players a bat he was going to see they got one.

Birch Minor continued with his attack and had scored a rapid 24 when, lulled by Sandamas' less than threatening pace, he attempted a big hit once to often and was impressively caught by Roper running round from long leg to take a sliding catch at knee height. With the score on 104 in the 18th over and 63 runs needed for victory Birch Minor's granddad, Birch Major joined Stokes. This partnership was soon broken when Stokes, on 4, was run out. (I'm pretty certain Pope wasn't involved).

Upholding his earlier decision former gentleman McBarron declined the opportunity to go for his umbrella and allowed last man Marchant to defend the honour of Transec. However pinned down by the bowling of Westhead and Sandamas this last pairing were unable to up the scoring rate enough to mount any serious threat. Hence with the score on 126 at the end of the 21st over and 41 runs needed off 24(?) balls for a Transec win, the scheming McBarron, denying Dodgers a more than possible victory, finally took advantage of a break in the weather, sent the batsmen off, and abandoned play.

Outcome: no result (but a moral victory to Dodgers)


Westhead b Birch Major 3
Paterson st Gigg b Birch Major 30
Brown c McBarron b Birch Minor 4
Priest not out 47
Sandamas b Hyland 0
Roper not out 25
Matthews run out 1
Cooper b Carter 0
Hilary not out 22
Pope c Gigg b Trott 2
Sub-total 134
Extras (nb2, w18, b11, lb1) 32
Total (off 25 overs) 166

Fall of Wickets 1–12, 2– 7, 3-82, 4-90, 5-90, 6-124


McBarron 2-0-6-0
Birch Major 3-0-7-2
Jordan 3-0-13-0
Birch Minor 3-0-16-1
Gigg 2-0-15-0
Marchant 3-0-23-0
Hyland 1-0-19-1
Stokes (?) 3-0-20-0
Carter 3-0-25-0
Trott 2-0-16-1


Gigg retired 27
Jordan b Roper 0
Trott b Roper 1
Carter b Hilary 4
Hyland c Paterson b Cooper 5
McBarron retired 27
Birch Minor c Roper b Sandamas 24
Stokes run out 4
Birch Major not out 6
Marchant not out 7
Sub-total 107
Extras (W13, B4, Lb2) (21 overs) 19

Fall of wickets 1 to 4 not recorded, 5-104, 6-112.


Roper 2-0-4-2
Cooper 3-0-11-1
Hilary 3-1-7-1
Pope 3-0-25-0
Paterson 2-0-8-0
Priest 2-0-12-0
Brown 2-0-21-0
Sandamas 2-0-20-1
Westhead 2-0-12-0

Man of the Match: Roper

Quote (Allegedly) – McBarron to fielders "on your toes guys and we'll save the 3".

NB: this report has been compiled from a combination of poetic licence, an iffy scorecard, dodgy memory and downright fiction.

18 May 2000

Dodgers v POC



A close game which went unfinished because of a combination of failing light and intermittent heavy rain showers which rendered the pitch unsafe for bowling. Once again prospects for finishing the game were made worse by a late start and slightly more unusually a slow over rate (POC took 1 hour 25 minutes to bowl their 20 overs and Dodgers had taken 1 hour 10 to bowl 16.1 when the end came, admittedly including a 3 minute break for a rain shower). Though the start was earlier than the previous week’s game had been (6.15pm) the question does surely arise of whether players should be fined (or otherwise penalised) for late arrival at the ground (whoops the captain might have to fine himself, I blundered again).

On the cricketing front Dodgers innings was dominated by good, steady, responsible batting from the nearly-always dependable (thanks be to God) Priest who scored 60 not out and a good opening spell by Benn who took the field with the Opposition along with Hilary (J) as the Oppo were 3 players short. Each side therefore had 10 players. All our bowlers gave a good performance with Crawford impressing particularly and working up a decent pace. We certainly had the edge when the game was called off and we can regard ourselves as robbed of what would have been a hat trick of victories (life is full of "would have beens"!)


Priest called correctly and decided Dodgers should bat opening himself with Westhead as partner. Their solid opening partnership of the last game was not to be repeated with the latter succombing second ball to one that moved away off the seam and he was bowled for a duck. Mc Barron kept Priest company for a while until chasing a widish ball he was unlucky to be spectacularly caught at the wicket by D’Cruz who made a marvellous leap to the right to take the catch - the best wicketkeeping yours truly has seen in Dodgers games (sorry Kim).

Therafter wickets fell fairly steadily although Roper made a good contribution (15) as usual in good time. Priest soldiered on manfully in less than ideal conditions - the ball was zipping around quite a bit and the wicket became increasingly sticky. Priest's innings of 60 not out was well adapted to the conditions as he restrained himself from some of the more elaborate shots he is capable of to reduce the risk of his dismissal and hence for the good of the side. Although only making 7 and 6 not out Patterson and Crawford respectively kept Priest good company. The finishing total of 121-6 was well up to par in the conditions. In the bowling department both Benn and Patterson emerged with 2 for 15 in their 4 overs.

When POC batted Crawford and Patterson started well with fairly hostile yet accurate opening spells. Comment cannot be avoided though on Patterson’s run-up which at 30 yards or so did not exactly help Dodgers get through the overs quickly. Patterson soon had Byson back in the hutch to a good catch by Mc Barron and then Henderson fell to Crawford. Benn made 11 in usual competent nurdling fashion. But the best opposition batting was undoubtedly by Stacey who made 52. Stacey was caught by Priest off Samuels off what transpired to be the last ball of the game. No opposition player was in any hurry to join Whitrod who had not been long at the crease himself. With the rain pelting down at this stage the umpire called off proceedings. In truth the failing light was every bit as dangerous for all concerned as the increasingly slippery surface. 5 minutes after the players had trundelled off the light improved and the rain stopped but by then it would have been too late to complete the last 4 overs.

Outcome: No result.


Westhead b Benn 0
Priest NOT OUT 60
Mc Barron ct D’Cruz b Benn 16
Samuels RUN OUT 0
Sandamas ct (Somebody) b Hilary 0
Roper b Beckham 15
Patterson b Beckham 7
Crawford NOT OUT 6
Extras (1nb, 12w, 3b, 1lb) 17
Total (off 20 overs) 121-6

DNB: Cooper, Matthews

Fall of wickets 1-0, 2-25, 3-44, 4-47, 5-74, 6-104


Benn 4-0-15-2
Newtion 4-0-21-0
Hilary (J) 4-0-30-1
Whitrod 3-0-21-0
Beckham 4-0-15-2
Henderson 1-0-11-0


Bryson c Mc Barron b Patterson 2
Stacey c Priest b Samuels 52
Henderson c Sub (Hilary) b Crawford 0
Benn b Roper 11
D’Cruz c Mc Barron b Roper 0
Bathmaker c Samuels b Cooper 6
Whitrod NOT OUT 1
Extras (14w, 1b) 15
Total (off 16.1 overs) 86-6


Crawford 4-0-18-1
Patterson 4-0-21-1
Roper 4-0-22-2
Cooper 4-0-22-1
Samuels 0.1-0-0-1

Rain/Bad light stopped play - no result


MATCH REPORT WRITER’S OLD WOMAN OF THE WEEK AWARD: CRAWFORD (for general grumpiness about the field and for his post-match email about reducing the amount of banter on the email). Please take it in good heart Andrew!


"That was a jaffa" (Benn referring to D’Cruz’s catch to dismiss McBarron)
"I don’t think I'll bother combing my hair" (and some other words I didn’t catch) McBarron in the changing rooms.

16 May 2000

Dodgers v Superstars

16 May 2000

With their second victory in two games, Dodgers look set for a season of success, whilst Superstars’s weaknesses were fully exposed in a classic twenty over a side encounter at Chiswick last Tuesday.

Put in to bat, Superstars were pegged back by the pace of new boy Rod Patterson and reborn quickie Kevin Roper, who looks several pounds lighter and several yards faster than he did last season, and generated both pace and swing off the traditionally placid Chiswick wicket. Both bowled their 4 over spells straight through - for 11 and 8 runs, respectively - and were unlucky not to get amongst the wickets, against a hesitant Superstars opening partnership of Gigg and Carter.

The first breakthrough came after 6 overs, when Steve Carter managed to run himself out - something that had been threatened for a few overs, as Superstars sought to boost their dismal opening run rate. This brought in the new ‘Stars danger man Nguyen - on loan from Cardiff University until August - and with him a more urgent approach to the batting.

A double change of bowling, with Hilary and Leach replacing Patterson and Roper, allowed both Gigg and Nguyen to cut free. Leach again showed a worrying tendency to float full tosses down the leg side, and was severely punished - he will have to work on both line and length if he is to achieve anything like the economy he showed last season. His one consolation came with the first ball of his second over, when he got one to pitch outside off-stump and turn in to hit middle and off, bowling Gigg as he shaped to cut. Hilary was rather more unlucky. Despite bowling a reasonable line and length, in Nguyen, he found himself facing a batsman in form, his last over going for 17 runs, including one six and two fours.

Dispensing with the sorry Leach, captain Carr brought ex-Superstar Neil Benn into the attack. Despite persistent complaints about the state of his back, Benn worked up a reasonable pace, and was successful in pinning Lomas down, keeping Nguyen at the opposite end of the pitch. When Nguyen eventually faced Benn, he fired the second ball of the over straight to long off, where Roper held a good catch.

After that, Superstars had little to offer. Whitrod, coming in for Nguyen did not seem able to recapture the form that gave him a century against Dodgers last season, and Benn and Pope, assisted by some of the tightest fielding Dodgers have exhibited for some time, bowled the last four overs for only 16 runs, keeping Superstars to 115 for 3 off their 20 overs.

Coming in to bat in encroaching gloom, Dodgers immediately suffered the loss of McBarron, out to a hotly contested decision from umpire Hilary for 5. Cooper, another Dodgers new boy this season, came in and blasted a quick 12 - all fours, before falling to Gundry, who was becoming increasingly unplayable as the light closed in. The extend of his unplayability became clearer as his spell finished with a succession of edges and byes, as fielders and wicket keeper Terry Carter failed to pick up the ball in failing light. Carr quickly followed Cooper back to the boundary side bench, caught by Taylor off Marchant, and for a moment it looked as if Dodgers were about to fall prey to the sort of middle order collapse often seen when playing Superstars.

However Kevin Roper, coming in at number 5, quickly dispelled those fears, with a whirlwind 32, including 5 fours, tearing into the Superstars change attack of Whitrod and Marchant (Ledger having had to come off after the second ball of his second over with a suspected knee strain), before falling to a good stumping by Carter off Whitrod’s second and last over.

With the fourth wicket going down for 99, with four and a half overs left, Dodgers still looked good for victory. However, the swift dismissal of Matthews, run out for 1, Hilary caught by Steve carter off Marchant for 9 and Patterson run out for a duck left Dodgers at 111 for 7, requiring 5 to win off two overs, with only Leach and Pope to come. Older Dodgers hands muttered darkly about !bastards always doing it to them", and sucked hard on their Woodbines.

As the sky turned black, and a cold wind howled across the Chiswick field, Leach came out to join Benn - who had been skillfully edging and “nurdling” ((c) N Benn 1994-2000) his way to 30 runs - in the middle. Lit only by the glow from the bar, Siva completed the final balls of his spell with a pair of byes - one for 2 and the other for 4 - as Terry Carter failed to pick balls shooting through past off stump, gaining Siva a rather spurious maiden over and handing victory to the Dodgers by 3 wickets, with an over to spare.

So a second victory on the trot from the Dodgers, and a significant reverse for the Superstars. Whilst never truly dominating the match, Dodgers showed sufficient depth in their bowling attack to restrict a traditionally strong Superstars batting line up to less than 120. Chasing that, despite the dark and the occasionally careless loss of wickets, Dodgers never looked as if they would fail to make it, against a thinly spread Superstars bowling attack which, Gundry apart, never looked like being able to successfully defend any sort of total.

The summer months, with lighter evenings and slower pitches, may reduce the edge given to Dodgers by their renascent pace attack (currently looking none the worse for the loss of Henry Hilary to some company in Reading), and provide a better opportunity to assess the in-depth quality of its batting line up. And inevitably beer and fags will take the edge off its fielding. But - for now - Dodgers look the better of the two DETR social sides for the 2000 season.


Gigg b Leach 30
S Carter run out 7
Nguyen ct Roper b Benn 42
Lomas not out 15
Whitrod not out 10
Sub-total 108
Extras (6 w, 1 b, 3 lb) 7
Total (off 20 overs) 115-3

dnb: Gundry, Siva, Taylor, T Carter, Marchant, Ledger

Fall of wickets 1-19, 2-55, 3-96


Paterson 4-0-11-0
Roper 4-1-8-0
Hilary 4-0-41-0
Leach 2-0-28-1
Benn 4-0-11-1
Pope 2-0-12-0


McBarron lbw b Taylor 5
Benn not out 31
Cooper ct Marchant b Gundry 12
Carr ct Taylor b Marchant 3
Roper st T Carter b Whitrod 32
Matthews run out 1
Hilary ct S Carter b Marchant 9
Paterson run out 0
Leach not out 0
Sub-total 93
Extras (4nb, 5w, 12b, 2lb) 23
Total (off 19 overs) 116-7

dnb: Pope

Fall of wickets 1-7, 3-28, 3-50, 4-99, 5-100, 6-110, 7-111


Gundry 4-1-10-1
Taylor 4-0-21-1
Marchant 3-0-18-2
Ledger 1.2-0-3-0
Nguyen 0.4-0-8-0
Siva 4-1-21-0
Whitrod 2-0-20-1

10 May 2000

Dodgers v Highways Agency


Ha! Erm... well...

The reason we've not had any averages before now during what is, even for "the stronger of the two DETR social sides" rather of a blinder of a season is - er - down to my losing the scoresheet for the first match we played, and then Yogesh failing to give me another one until last week. Honest.

Fact is, I can't remember much of what happened, save that we bowled first, holding the Highways Agency to about 100. Improbably, the scorecard seems to suggest that Adey and Benn clean bowled a couple of them each, and lots of batsmen scored either 2 or 29. Not that I can remember that much. We then proceeded to play our innings in increasing gloom, with (I would imagine) one of those interminable Priest / Westhead opening partnerships (actually Anybody / Westhead might be closer the mark for interminability (whatever that is)), which seems to have amounted to some 40-odd runs, before suffering a typical Dodgers mid-innings collapse (remember them, eh? I said it was some time ago), losing 4 wickets in the space of a couple of overs. With the chips looking not only down, but rather cold and soggy, an inspired Crawford came in to bat in almost total darkness with three or four overs to go and proceeded to wallop the ball for a startling 32, twenty of which came from boundaries. And with that, the Dodgers' season of success was set...Anyway, to the important bit...

Highways Agency

Carman b Benn 10
Siva b Adey 29
Harding b Benn 0
Davey run out (any claims?) 29
Lamprell b Adey 2
Wilson not out 16
B-Long not out 2
Extras (1nb, 7w, 4lb) 12
Total (20 overs) 100-5

dnb: Tailor, Whitrod, Patel

O nb w M R W
Crawford 4 0 1 2 6 0
Benn 4 0 1 0 18 2
Cooper 3 1 4 0 18 2
Adey 3 0 1 0 22 2
Leach 2 0 0 0 16 0
Pope 2 0 0 0 16 0


Priest lbw b Carman 24
Westhead run out 18
Carr run out 0
Matthews lbw b Whitrod 6
Crawford not out 32
Benn not out 7
Extras (1nb, 7w, 4b, 2lb) 14
Total (17.3 overs) 101-5

dnb: Cooper, Adey, Leach, Pope, Brown

Paresh Tailor 3 0 16 0
Yogesh Patel 4 0 29 0
Carman 3.3 0 12 1
Whitrod 3 0 9 1
Wilson 2 0 15 0
B-Long 2 0 14 0