27 July 2002





This was a very enjoyable game of cricket in wonderfully sunny, warm conditions (27C), against very sporting opponents. Though the margin of victory was large Stage Door were not a bad team but were reliant on a couple of batsmen who did not really come off. Their bowling and fielding was of a decent quality despite our high score which was testament to how well we batted.

Dodgers Captain Carr won the toss (or more precisely Stage Door lost it) and we batted. Mc BARRON and WESTHEAD opened the batting. MC BARRON gave the wise counsel that we should just try to survive for the first few overs and take stock after 5. Unfortunately WESTHEAD was not able to take heed. Facing the less good of the opening bowlers LYNDON he missed out on a leg stump full toss then 2 off-side wides and finally played round a straight one and was bowled for nought.

CARR joined MC BARRON and WESTHEAD took over the umpiring. Aussie left-arm quick DREW was quite a handful. Mc BARRON managed to keep him out but was unable to score much. CARR was in some difficulty and survived two strong LBW appeals which WESTHEAD gave not out for pitching outside the leg stump. Soon after there was a strong appeal for a caught behind off CARR. WESTHEAD at first gave him out but then retracted after CARR had reached half-way back to the boundary deciding that the ball had probably hit the batsmans side or his shirt (to which he had been pointing) rather than his bat as he had at first thought. CARR was not able to take much advantage on this occasion. After one boundary and a score of 8 off 25 balls he looped a ball on to the on side which looked as though it was going for a catch. It fell between the fielders but without calling he set off half-way down the wicket for a quick single which wasnt there and he was run out.

This brought in guest ROGER (one of the oppositions number). At first it looked as though he wouldnt be around long but he gradually grew in confidence. Mc BARRON was in his element with the time and circumstances to build a proper innings which he did very well. This was one of those occasions when the casual Chiswick spectator (well a few wives/girlfriends of team members) would see the best of Mc BARRON. He was at his obdurate best when he needed to be against quality bowling (particularly DREW and initially ALED) but hitting some superb shots against the lesser bowling, in particular his cover drive and punch cut shot through backward point. The score steadily mounted and from the low-point of 21-2 at CARRs dismissal had reached 119 when ROGER was bowled for 33 by BRIAN having hit 5 boundaries. An excellent stand of 98 in 14 overs.

BENN was next in but did not stay long when taking a single which MCBARRON did not acknowledge and BENN was run out for 1. WHITROD was next in but was strangely quiet with only 2 scoring shots (admittedly a 3 and a 4) in his first 14 balls. Mc BARRON was getting a lot of the strike in this period though and to good effect. After making 55 with 8 boundaries JAMES, a quickish accurate bowler with a strange action forced McBARRON to drag the ball onto his stumps. This was an unlucky dismissal. Stand-in Dodger CARTER coming next did not trouble the scorers.

CRAWFORD was next in with the score 142-6 in the 30th over. An ideal launch pad for the Dodger one would probably most rely on to make quick runs to win a game. Whilst still taking off his pads Mc BARRON commented that he had probably got out at the right time thus bringing CRAWFORD to the wicket. And so it was for this was a vintage, swashbuckling CRAWFORD innings. He made 52 off only 34 deliveries including 7 boundaries and one six. One masterly pull to leg was for a boundary was probably the shot of the match. CRAWFORD was eventually bowled by DREW for 52 and there was just time for MATTHEWS to be out run out for nought to the last ball of the innings . WHITROD was left not out 18.

Dodgers total of 226-7 was a very good score with 3 excellent contributions from MCBARRON (55), CRAWFORD (52) and ROGER (33). DREW was pick of the Stage Door bowling with 1-17 off 7 overs. Captain JAMES arguably bowled less well but managed 2-17 off 5 overs and Ross 2-21 off 4.

All Dodgers dismissals were either bowled or run out and there were a total of 50 wides (possibly a record for a Dodgers innings)

The opportunity should not pass without commenting on JAMESs captaining skills which were of a type we have not often witnessed at Chiswick. Of the old school brigade and a rather upper class (but not condescending) accent JAMES was prone to shout out in between deliveries with comments such as This is the ball for you bowler Youll get him this time Youve softened him up with the last one .. etc

Stage Door were very slow at getting through their overs. Clearly the heat and the captains never-ending talking cant have helped. 40 overs took 2 hours 55 minutes including a 5 minute drinks break thus working out at a round a measly 14 overs to the hour.

Now it was Stage Doors turn to bat. JAMES started with a cracking boundary off CRAWFORD and then a 2. It looked as thought hey meant business. But in truth after that opening over Dodgers never faltered. BENN was in the zone strangely being able to conjur up through-the-air swing with the new ball in cloudless conditions. He gave a masterly display bowling the threatening JAMES for 7, LYNDON for a duck and BRIAN likewise. His analysis was 3-9 off 5 overs. BENN really has performed very strongly this season with the ball perhaps due to the generally wetter slower conditions. It has to be stressed though that this was not a slow low wicket at all.

After CRAWFORD and BENN had had their stints Stage Door were 34-4 off 10 overs (CRAWFORD picking up the wicket of DREW who had threatened briefly for 14. DOYLE took a good straightforward catch at mid-on). Stage Door did not have the batting depth to recover from this though they had some decent contributions (MICK 28, DAVID 26, ROSS 19). POPE popped up (pun intended) to take yet another wicket to add to his remarkable tally this season. Soon Captain CARR generously turned to his occasional (some might ungenerously say joke)bowlers. We had 4 overs from returned Dodger and now much fitter and slimmer Doyle who took 1-28 off 4 overs and CARTER took 3-17 likewise off 4 overs including some strangely weak dismissals including one catch by Mc BARRON close in on the off side where it looked as though the batsman ALED was doing his level best to give away his wicket. Even very occasional bowler WESTHEAD who had assumed he wouldnt get a bowl again after failing to dismiss the BOCs tailenders at Regents Park two years ago - was allowed a bowl and it fell to him to take his first ever wicket for Dodgers (not counting a disputed 3-11 against DOE Office Services in the early 90s before Dodgers records began) thanks to an easy but neat leg-side catch by MATTHEWS.

A word about the opposition they were very sporting. One of their fielders said to me that they didnt generally appeal for LBWs in friendly games such as this and they did not complain either when I reinstated CARR. They took the comprehensive defeat in very good spirit. The result could and arguably should have been a lot closer. They were a spirited side and hot in the field. Some of their bowling was top drawer and they were a little unlucky. Their batting did let them down but we bowled well, particularly BENN.

Man of the match: CRAWFORD



McBarron b James 55
Westhead b Lyndon 0
Carr Run Out 8
Roger b Brian 33
Benn Run Out 1
Whitrod Not Out 18
Carter b James 0
Crawford b Drew 52
Matthews Run Out 0
Extras (w35, 5nb, 12b, 3lb) 50
TOTAL (40 OVERS) 226-7

Pope/Doyle DID NOT BAT

FOW: 1-3, 2-21, 3-119, 4-122, 5-141, 6-142, 7-226


Drew 7-1-17-1
Lyndon 6-1-34-1
Aled 4-0-22-0
Martin 5-0-48-0
Brian 4-1-21-1
Ross 4-0-21-2
James 5-1-17-2
Dave 5-0-31-0


James b Benn 7
David b Pope 26
Lyndon b Benn 0
Drew c Doyle b Crawford 14
Brian b Benn 0
Mick b Carter 28
Ross c Carter b Doyle 19
Ginger NOT OUT 8
Martin b Carter 4
Aled c Mc Barron b Carter 0
Clive c Matthews b Westhead 6
Extras (w6, Byes 4, No-Balls 1) 11


Crawford 5-1-16-1
Benn 5-1-9-3
Pope 4-0-23-1
Doyle 4-0-28-1
Carter 4-0-17-3
Westhead 2.5-0-9-1


16 July 2002

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Dodgers easily won a low scoring game on a slow low pitch mainly due to a decent knock by Mc BARRON (34) and some excellent bowling (again) by BENN (3-19), well backed up by LEACH (3-13) and POPE (2-5)

CARR won the toss and DODGERS batted. Mc BARRON and WESTHEAD opened the batting. Mc BARRON was not at his best (but lets face it his less than best is best than manys best) but ground out a score. WESTHEAD hit one sublime pull but was frustrated at not being able to score for well-hit shots through the off-side that found fielders. In the 9th over after a partnership of 41 WESTHEAD departed when having made 11 to Mc Barrons 21, trying to force the pace, he was run out (not for the first time this season) after having been sent back by Mc BARRON. PRIEST next in was not in his usual form and departed to a catch for 6. COOPER hit one four before departing for 12. CARR was rusty initially but had a late spurt with one glorious straight drive for 4 which went like a rocket. If only he could hit it so hard all the time when he hits it hard my it stays hit! Mc BARRON was out for 34 with the score at 3-67 in the 15TH over. DODGERS finally totalled 102-5 off the 20 overs with CARR 12 not out and HILARY 6 not out. There were a total of 17 extras of which 15 wides. The going had been tough for the batsmen throughout the innings. Would 102 be enough?

When ORR batted it soon became clear that 102 was more than enough. Wickets fell steadily from the off with BENN bowling WARING for a duck and OMAR for one. SIMON bowled EVANS for 4. With the opening bowlers off ORR might have thought they would have some respite but all the other bowlers quickly got in the wickets too. LEACH was particularly impressive with 3-9 off 3 , HAWTIN took 1-4 off 2 and POPE took 2-5 off 2. POPE really has been a revelation this season. Only HILARY remained wicketless but with only a miserly 3 runs off his 3 overs he made a big contribution. For ORR only GILES with 26 got going. ORR were all out after 18 overs and never in the game.



Mc Barron c Man in Blue b Man in Red 34
Westhead Run Out 11
Priest ct ? b Waring 6
Cooper b Man in Blue And White 12
Carr NOT OUT 12
Matthews b Man in Red 2
Hilary NOT OUT 6
Extras (15w, 1lb, 1nb) 17
TOTAL 102-5


Waring 3-0-24-1
Ahmed 4-0-14-0
Giles 4-1-5-0
Roberts 2-0-13-0
Jeremy 1-0-9-0
Man in Red 2-0-9-2

ORR Innings

Giles lbw b Benn 26
Waring b Benn 0
Evans b Cousins 4
Omar c McBarron b Benn 1
Thomas c Cousins b leach 3
Newling b Pope 12
Roberts c Matthews b Leach 0
Furey lbw b Leach 0
Cooch b Hawtin 2
Dude lbw Pope 0
Cooke NOT OUT 1
Extras (1b) 1


Cousins 4-0-17-1
Benn 4-1-16-3
Hilary 3-1-3-0
Leach 3-0-9-3
Hawton 2-0-4-1
Pope 2-0-5-2

04 July 2002


4 JULY 2002


Dodgers: 87-2, 20 Overs (Priest 36 no; McBarron 31) Science Museum: 48 all out, 16.2 Overs (Hilary 3-7; Benn 3-11; Whitrod 2-16)

Match Report: John Carr

Yet another loss of the toss and we were inserted (fortunate as we only had 7 players at the start of the game – later supplemented by Tony Whitrod and Barry Gigg who kindly joined us from an afternoon Superstars match on an adjacent pitch). On a difficult wicket we probably got a par – although potentially beatable – score. But after the opening spells from Neil Benn and John Hilary, the Science Museum innings was in disarray and we secured a very comfortable win.

On another low and slow Chiswick wicket, batting was never an easy proposition. And our opening partnership of Phil McBarron and Neil Priest found it difficult to score freely. Indeed, after 10 overs their partnership had only reached 33. But by the time Phil was dismissed in the 17th over (partnership 70) they had managed to increase the strike rate to more than four. A few lusty blows in the last three overs (and more wides bringing the total to 15!) saw us reach 87. Mooney (4-0-7-0) was the pick of the Science Museum’s attack.

Science Museum’s reply got off to a terrible start with Neil Benn opening up with a double wicket maiden. And, unfortunately for them, things never got much better. After 8 overs, they found themselves 19 for 6 with Neil Benn having the excellent figures of 4-1-11-3 and John Hilary the even better 4-0-7-3. The change bowling of the rusty John Adey and guest Tony Whitrod accelerated the scoring a little but wickets continued to fall and after 16 overs Science Museum had reached 48-9. The game ended when Barry Gigg had Griffiths (the only Museum batsman to reach double figures) caught by Neil Priest (who did an excellent job behind the stumps in Kim’s absence).

Man of the Match: John Hilary


Dodgers Innings

McBarron b Tomlin 31
Priest not out 36
Carr b Fearon 5
Benn not out 0
Extras (w15) 15
Total 87 for 2
dnb: Hilary, Adey, Whitrod, Gigg

Mooney 4 0 7 0
Conn 4 0 19 1
Jones 2 0 15 0
Woodhouse 3 1 8 0
Morley 2 0 14 0
Fearon 3 0 16 1
Tomlin 2 0 11 1

Science Museum Innings

Barker lbw b Benn 0
Butler b Hilary 5
Fearon c&b Benn 0
Morley b Benn 6
Tomlin b Hilary 4
Woodhouse b Hilary 0
Mooney b Whitrod 5
Griffiths c Priest b Gigg 14
Conn c McBarron b Adey 9
Jones c&b Whitrod 1
Crampton D not out 0
Extras (b1, lb1, w2) 4
Total 48 all out

Benn 4 1 11 3
Hilary 4 0 7 3
Adey 4 1 14 1
Whitrod 4 1 16 2
Gigg 0.2 0 0 1