29 May 2003


DODGERS won by 44 RUNS
Dodgers: 165 -2 20 Overs (McBarron 33 retd; Jacobs 32 retd; Cooper 32 retd.)
Audit Comm. 103 -5 20 Overs (Benn - Streatfeild -
Match Report: Kim Matthews

Dodgers having won the toss elected to bat. Capt. Priest agreed to batsmen retiring at 30 (some of us have never started!!). The game was played on a warm May evening with no cloud and only the roar of the soon to be departed Concorde to disturb us. The wicket was good if a little unpredictable. Audit Commission promised 9 turned up with 7 and were bolstered by the addition of Qureshi’s mate Kavanagh (desperate for a quality game!!). During Dodgers innings they were offered 2 fielders but would take only 1. Dodgers took full advantage and notched up 165 in their 20 overs. Dodgers ran out easy victors as the Audit batsmen , restricted by some excellent bowling and a full fielding side, were never up with the run rate and could only manage 103 in reply.

Mcbarron and Priest took full advantage of some loose bowling and plundered 64 from 8 overs before Priest was caught and bowled of a slower ball from Emery. Mcbarron retired shortly after having scored an entirely out of character quick fire 33. Jacobs (on his return to Dodgers colours from exile in Bristol) and Lucky Cooper then matched each other run for run pushing the score on to 130 before, within a few balls of each other, both retired on 32. Roper was the only other Dodger out; stumped for 7 attempting a big hit off Irwin.

Tight opening bowling from Cousins and Streatfeild (who had opener Taylor excellently caught by Priest at short extra cover, in his first over) effectively won the game for Dodgers. They restricted Audit to 25 in the first 8 overs and ensured that the remaining Dodger’s bowlers could afford to be a bit more generous without danger of recrimination in the bar afterwards. Qureshi took full advantage of this opportunity and conceded 30 off 4. Whilst Benn spurned it and took 2 for 6 from his 2. The only defiance was offered by Fisher who retired on 31 and Sully bowled Benn for 20.

Man of the match was Chris Jacobs for his well struck 32 (in his first game for 2 years) and his entertaining fielding. His sprint round the boundary, stop with his foot, and throw over his shoulder for 4, was particularly entertaining. (In retrospect I think I should have given my vote to Will Streatfeild!)

We haven’t played Audit before. They were a good bunch and should we have the opportunity I recommend a future fixture at Battersea Park (not least for the chance of sampling a new pub). Dodgers had to fend off some fiery bowling from Qureshi’s mate Kavanagh (who had Cooper dropped 3 times) who also appeared, at least by my standards, to be able to bat; so if we can get him to play for us on occasion I suggest we accept with alacrity.

Man of the Match: Chris Jacobs

Dodgers Innings

McBarron retired 33
Priest c/b Emery 24
Jacobs retired 32
Cooper retired 32
Roper stumped Taylor b Irwin 7
Benn not out 15
Hilary not out 4
Extras (b4, lb5, w6, nb3) 18
Total 165 for 2

Audit Bowling

Sully 4 0 49 0
Durham 4 2 21 0
Emery 4 0 29 1
Kavanagh 4 0 30 0
Irwin 4 0 27 1

Audit Innings

Taylor c Priest b Streatfeild 5
Fisher retired 31
Durham c Matthews b Hilary 14
Sully b Benn 20
Emery c McBarron b Benn 2
Irwin c/b Roper 4
Kavanagh not out 7
Penny not out 4
Extras (b6, lb5, w5) 16
Total 103 for 5

Dodgers Bowling

Cousins 4 0 11 0
Streatfeild 4 1 10 1
Hilary 4 1 22 1
Qureshi 4 0 30 0
Benn 2 0 6 2
Roper 2 0 13 1

21 May 2003

M.O.D. vs Dodgers

CSSG Chiswick
Wednesday 21 May 2003
18 overs (match length reduced due to poor weather)
Toss won by Dodgers
Dodgers (93-7) beat M.O.D. (81 all out) by 12 runs

Another evening of 'persistent but not quite hard enough to leave the field' rain saw the Dodgers X take on the M.O.D. XI. The match was duly reduced to 18 overs per side. Carr won the toss and elected to bat, which was a shrewd decision given the conditions.

Openers McBarron and Priest took to the field, with Dodgers setting their eyes on anything approaching 100. McBarron made 4 before being bowled by Abbot in the third over. Priest at the other end had started brightly and was looking to consolidate before he was given out lbw to Abbot in the 5th over. Hilary, in the middle with Carr, cracked three fours including 2 off Ball's first over only to be bowled by the last ball of the same over with the score on 32.

Cooper took to the middle to join Carr. The partnership lasted only 3 runs before Carr was bowled by MOD's first change bowler Ball. This brought Benn to the crease with Dodgers looking to consolidate. At this point, the run rate was satisfactory but the wickets were dropping. Cooper and Benn put on 25 runs for the 5th wicket as it continued to rain, making the outfield very slow. Cooper was bowled by the other change bowler Williams having reached 19 which included 2 fours. With the score on 60, Qureshi joined Benn. They put on a further 20 runs leaving Dodgers tantalisingly close to their desired total. Qureshi was out caught and bowled by Ball whilst Benn was given run out for 15. Cousins hit a splendid six in the last over (foretold by Priest's comment "we really need a four and a six now" from the sidelines), the first of his career, to bring up a respectable total of 93 in 18 overs (just over 5 an over).

An optimistic Dodgers team took to the field to defend their total. They got off to a good start. At the end of Cousins's first over, Donnan, having made 2, pushed the ball to extra cover and went for a quick single. However, he did not make his ground and was run out (Cooper/Cousins). Donnan's replacement, Bamber, looked threatening but was very lucky when a massive appeal for caught behind by Matthews off Benn was turned down. Bamber did himself no favours and did not endear himself to the Dodgers when he admitted shortly afterwards that he had, indeed, snicked it. Crawford (no relation, or at least we assume not), batting at the other end was making steady progress. However, he skied one off Hilary who had replaced Benn at the Fullers End and was caught by the safe hands of Matthews.

Qureshi, on for Cousins at the Pavilion End, delivered a remarkable slow-&-low long-hop to completely bamboozle Ball (2). Scribble was run out (???/Matthews) for 16. Bamber got his come-uppance and triggered a rare moment of Dodgers antagonism when he was tightly and maybe unfairly given run out (Benn/???) after a mix-up. A brief spat with Carr ensued as he departed, something along the lines of "you can't have it both ways" in reference to the aforementioned snicking incident. Fleming was then bowled for a duck by a nice Hilary delivery.

Dodgers were at this point carving away at the MOD wickets but the runs were accumulating at a fair old rate. At the beginning of the 13th over, MOD were on 73-7, requiring about 21 runs to win with 3 wickets remaining. Cooper, replacing Qureshi at the Pavilion End had Baldry caught first ball by Cousins at midwicket. Later in the same over, Qureshi caught Butlin (3) at mid-on. b replaced Hilary at the Fullers End but MOD had pushed on to 80-9 by the start of the 15th over. Last man Williams was bowled by Cooper to seal Dodgers' victory with 3 overs to spare.

Dodgers innings

McBarron b Abbot 4
Priest lbw Abbot 10
Carr b Ball 1
Hilary b Ball 14
Cooper b Williams 19
Benn run out 15
Qureshi c&b Ball 6
Matthews not out 1
Cousins not out 4
Extras (b1 lb4 w7 nb4) 16
Total 93 for 7

Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-16, 3-32, 4-35, 5-60, 6-80, 7-85

Did not bat: Pope

Bowler O M R W
Abbot 4 1 11 2
Shaw 3 0 18 0
Ball 3 0 22 3
Williams 4 0 11 1
Butlin 4 0 25 0


Donnan run out 2
Crawford c Matthews b Hilary 23
Bamber run out 14
Ducket c&b Cousins 0
Ball b Qureshi 2
Baldry c Cousins b Cooper 8
Scribble run out 16
Fleming b Hilary 0
Butlin c Qureshi b Cooper 3
Shaw not out 7
Williams b Cooper 1
Extras (lb1 w4) 5
Total 81 all out

Cousins 4 0 11 1
Benn 2 0 18 0
Hilary 4 0 22 2
Qureshi 2 0 16 1
Cooper 1.1 0 1 3
Pope 1 0 7 0

Man-of-the-match: John Cooper

15 May 2003



DCMS won by 28 RUNS

DCMS: 230-6, 40 Overs (Crawford 2 – 7; Hilary 1 – 20)
Dodgers: 202-8, 40 Overs (Benn - 45; Roper – 43; Hilary 42)

Match Report: Kim Matthews

Having won the toss Capt. Carr (anticipating Mcbarron arriving in time for a match winning innings) decided to field. After an excellent opening spell by bowlers Crawford and Roper, DCMS, despite losing early wickets, kept the score ticking along and notched up a commendable 230 in 40 overs. Dodgers’ reply was in the same vein but lacking the acceleration displayed by DCMS was never in with a chance. (Mcbarron, manning the barricades against terrorist incursions, never appeared but, as was pointed out, had he done so we would have been lucky to make 150). In the end a comfortable win for DCMS.

Defeating the combined fielding attempts of both Matthews and Benn, Crawford’s first ball went for 4 wides. Thereafter he bowled with some venom and achieved the remarkable figures of 6-4-7-2 (the 7 being all wides). Benn, at first slip, in aside to Matthews said, "I hope nothing comes my way as I’ve got no chance of catching it.", then proceeded to pouch an excellent catch to dismiss opener Cove for 1. Hilary then caught the DCMS no. 3 for 0 and, with DCMS’ score on 2 for 19, Dodgers thought their luck was in. Unfortunately Malik had other ideas and scored a chanceless 63 before being excellently caught by Hilary off Benn. Despite tight bowling spells from Benn and Hilary, the remaining DCMS batsmen never eased up and aided by some lacklustre fielding in the last 10 overs, amassed the somewhat daunting total of 230.

Dodgers’ reply got off to a solid start. Benn and Roper whilst fending off some lively bowling, kept up with the run rate in an opening stand of 68. Roper was first out for 43 after attempting to hit OAP Fitzgerald back over his head and getting yorked for his pains. Benn nurdled on until, realising he was in danger of reaching 50 and having to buy a jug, he was caught on 45. Thereafter despite an excellent 42 from Hilary (before being run out by Adey) and a quickfire 19 from Crawford, Dodgers’ batting fell away and was never up with the run rate.

As was usual DCMS played to win and only gave their weaker bowlers a go when they were confidant the game was won. For the first 30 overs Dodgers’ fielding was excellent (John - I’ve lost 2 stones - Adey was a revelation!) but in the final 10 overs tiredness set in and runs were given away. An enjoyable game. Some excellent contributions from individual Dodgers but DCMS were worthy winners. We’ll have to wait until next season to get our own back.

Man of the Match: Neil Benn

DCMS Innings

Cove c Benn b Crawford 1
Malik c Hilary b Benn 65
Casselton c Hilary b Crawford 0
Lloyd-James b Benn 19
Palao not out 49
Fitzgerald B c Crawford b Hilary 4
Chamberlain c Roper b Adey 43
Findlay not out 27
Extras (lb6, w16) 22
Total 230 for 6

Crawford 6 4 7 2
Roper 8 3 30 0
Qureshi 4 0 33 0
Hilary 5 0 20 1
Benn 6 0 42 2
Hawton 4 0 30 0
Adey 5 0 44 1
Cooper 2 0 18 0

Dodgers Innings

Benn c Cove b Palau 45
Roper b Fitzgerald 43
Carr c ? b Fitzgerald 3
Cooper b Malik 6
Hilary run out 42
Crawford c Casselton b Dawes 19
Qureshi run out 3
Matthews lbw b Marks 1
Adey not out 8
Hawton not out 0
Extras (b9, lb3, w21) 33
Total 202 for 8

Chamberlain 5 1 16 0
Lloyd-James 5 0 20 0
Fitzgerald B 8 1 30 2
Findlay 6 0 25 0
Palao 4 0 18 1
Malik 3 0 9 1
Dawes 3 0 34 1
Marks 4 0 29 1
Casselton 2 0 10 0