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