08 August 2001

Dodgers v Superstars

DODGERS v SUPERSCUM
20 OVERS MATCH, CHISWICK
8 AUGUST 2001

Result: Superscum won by 5 wickets

Dodgers Man of the Match: Richard Godden

This was a match that Dodgers should have won. We were given a great start by new boy Richard Godden and simply tossed the advantage away against our sworn enemy. Of the XI who played, apart from Godden, only Cooper and Captain Carr can escape criticism for the batting collapse that led to our demise.

Priest stood in at the toss for the late arriving Carr and duly won (Carr invariably loses). On a slightly damp pitch, which looked as thought it might cut up later, Neil elected to bat. Mr Godden’s reputation had preceded him and having impressed greatly in the warm up, the now arrived Carr had no hesitation in inviting him to open the batting. McBarron was sent out as his runner! Godden proceeded to strike a series of high-class boundaries and the score rattled along to 58-0 off 7 overs, McBarron’s share being a mighty 9. The popular Yorkshireman was dismissed in the next over and replaced by Priest. Godden continued to prosper, completing a rapid 50, and when he was dropped by Steve Carter to great amusement, we were certain it was our night. How wrong we were!

Priest spooned a long hop from Marchant to Taylor and Block held a great return catch to get rid of the impressive Godden. The innings promptly went into freefall. Carr tried to rally things but got little support. Cooper was unluckily run out, Adey hit a 4 and Leach played one good sweep shot, but there were no other highlights worth recording. The innings came to a stuttering halt at 103 all out off 18.5 overs, only the 2nd time we have ever been dismissed in a 20 overs game. It would be churlish not to acknowledge some fine bowling and fielding by the Superscum players. They bowled very straight on a generally helpful pitch and only conceded 3 extras.

With such a small total to defend, it was vital that the Dodgers bowling and fielding were right on the mark. Sadly this was not the case. To nobody’s great surprise Godden bowled a fine and quick opening spell and was unlucky not to take at least one wicket.

Unfortunately, Crawford his opening partner fared less well. Andrew has turned in many good bowling performances for us but this was not one of them. Apart from dismissing the dangerous Conway, he bowled a mixture of leg-side wides and short balls outside off stump that Gigg simply climbed into and the score sped to 50-1 off 8 overs.

The change bowlers Hawton and Adey met with instant success and 3 quick wickets left Superscum vulnerable on 60-4 (Crawford assisting with a good catch to see off Gigg). Unfortunately, having each bowled 2 accurate overs Terry and John turned their radar off and runs began to flow again. Surprisingly, Adey’s cunning plan of setting an offside field and then bowling lollipops down the leg-side did not fool Smith and Whitrod! The game was up by the time Cooper dismissed Smith and Superscum got home with wickets and overs in hand.

Overall, a very disappointing performance that leaves us 2-1 down in our annual series against Superscum. On the positive side, Richard is clearly quite a find and with him in our side we should win more than we lose. Welcome aboard Richard.

Quote of the week – Ken Block putting a paternalistic arm round Steve Carter after his dropped catch and exclaiming "c.....t".

MATCH STATS

DODGERS

Godden c&b Block 60
McBarron b Taylor 9
Priest c Taylor b Marchant 1
Carr not out 17
Cooper run out 1
Crawford c Gigg b Block 3
Matthews c&b Block 0
Sandamas c Marchant b Block 0
Adey b Shitrod 5
Leach st Carter b Conway 4
Hawton b Conway 0
Extras 3
TOTAL (18.5 overs) 103 all out


Superscum Bowling

Smith 4 overs 0-33 (ouch!)
Taylor 4 overs 1-24
Block 4 overs 4-14 (c....t!)
Marchant 4 overs 1-14
Conway 1.5 overs 2-7
Shitrod 1 over 1-8 (SHAME ON YOU JOHN ADEY)


SUPERSCUM

Gigg ct Crawford b Adey 32
Conway ct Godden b Crawford 3
Abigail b Hawton 9
Carter S b Hawton 4
Whitrod not out 19 (well done Tony)
Smith ct Leach b Cooper 21
Carter T not out 0
Extras 14
TOTAL (17.4 overs) 106 for 5


Dodgers bowling

Crawford 4 overs 1-35 (wan....r!)
Godden 4 overs 0-12
Hawton 4 overs 2-23
Adey 4 overs 1-24
Cooper 1 over 1-5
Leach 0.4 overs 0-4

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