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