25 June 2003

Dodgers v BSI

BSI won by 7 wickets

Having lost the toss, and been put in, Dodgers never recovered from the shock of having to open their innings without the delayed McBarron. The BSI attack was not fearsome, but very accurate, backed up by some athletic fielding. Carr was first to go, well caught in the gully for a duck, and after eleven overs, Dodgers found themselves 30-5. Hilary hit the only boundary of the innings, a crashing backfoot drive, but was promptly bowled by an unplayable yorker. Hilary was also involved in the fourth wicket to fall, as umpire, showing a theatrical touch to send Crawford on his way LBW for a duck, much to the batsman’s dismay. With only nine players, Dodgers were forced to try and bat out their overs. The latecomer McBarron was the man for the job, and well supported by the tail, Dodgers managed to survive. However, runs hardly flowed, McBarron’s 27 being made entirely of singles and twos. 61 was never going to challenge BSI.

On a rare appearance this year, Crawford made up for his disappointment with the bat, by bowling a full length at good pace to take two early wickets, including the opener, who was clearly a good batsman. And when Matthews did well to gather a throw from Hilary to effect a run out, BSI were 21-3, and the door was ajar. Unfortunately the other bowlers could not back Crawford up (one or two looked like they fancied an early drink for once), and BSI cruised to their target without further loss, and with more than 9 overs to spare.

Dodgers Innings

Benn caught b Terry 5
Carr(*) caught b Elliot 0
Hilary b Elliot 6
McBarron Hopkinson 27
Crawford lbw b Hopkinson 0
Cooper caught b Hopkinson 0
Qureshi b Terry 6
Cousins Not Out 2
Matthews(+) Not Out 0
TOTAL 61-7

Riaz 4-0-9-0
Elliot 4-0-18-2
Hopkinson 4-1-5-3
Terry 4-0-9-1
Ward 3-1-8-1
Charleston 1-0-3-0

BSI Innings

62-3 off 10.4 overs

Bowling figures
Cousins 4-0-28-0
Crawford 4-0-10-2
Benn 1.4-0-11-0
Hilary 1-0-10-0

21 June 2003

Kempton Park Photo Gallery

Dodgers social trip to Kempton Park Races

Dodgers at Kempton Park
What are the chances?

Dodgers at Kempton Park
Not two of our horses...

Dodgers at Kempton Park
JC surveys the form

17 June 2003

Dodgers v Ombudsman


Result: Dodgers won by five or six runs

A fluctuating match that Dodgers looked to be winning comfortably for a while but in the end was decided only in the last over. There is a discrepancy in the scores, hence the uncertainty over the winning margin.

Dodgers batted first and our opening pair of McBarron and Priest started comfortably but slowly. Phil in particular struggled to get going and took 16 overs to amass his 22 runs. After Neil was out in the 11th over we suffered a mid-innings collapse and sixteen runs were added in four overs while three wickets were lost. Batsmen 3, 4 and 5 were all out for single figures and it took a brisk, hard-hitting innings by guest Simon Gundry to give our score an air of respectability. His knock of 35 included four fours and a six.

We weren't sure whether a score of 109 was going to be enough but we had plenty of bowling. Gundry followed his innings by taking his frustration at being dropped by Superstars out on the Ombudsperson's batsmen. His two wickets in three overs, backed up by one for Will Streatfeild and some tidy overs from Henry Hilary and Matt Leach had the opposition rocking at 24 for 4. However, Parsons and Robson added 36 for the fifth wicket and gave their team a chance. After I accounted for both of them, Copeland and Armstrong kept the score ticking over. Both Matt and I had bowled tidily but our last overs cost us nine and eleven runs respectively. There was now a chance that we might lose but two accurate overs by John Cooper sealed the win. The opposition claimed they wanted five to win off the last two balls (I make it seven) but a dot and a wicket for John shut the door.

Dodgers innings 

McBarron ct b Patel 22
Priest ct b King 21
Westhead ct b King 7
Carr lbw b Patel 3
Cooper ct b Copeland 7
Gundry retired 35
S. Birch run out 2
H. Hilary not out 2
Streatfeild not out 0
Extras (b1, lb3, w6, nb1) 11
Total 109*

Did not bat: Leach, Pope

(*I know it adds up to 110 but it was 109 at the time
and that is the score the opposition chased.)

Armstrong 4-0-16-0
Johnson 4-0-10-0
King 4-0-24-2
Copeland 4-0-31-1
Patel 4-2-26-2

Ombdusman innings

Carberry ct Priest b Gundry 8
Parsons st Priest b Pope 21
Lillywhite b Gundry 1
Tattersall b Streatfeild 2
Hodson ct Carr b Leach 0
Robson ct McBarron b Pope 23
Troost ct Carr b Leach 3
Copeland ct Priest b Pope 10
Johnson not out 18
Armstrong ct Priest b Cooper 3
Extras (b1, lb1, w9) 11
Total 103*

Did not bat: King

(*the opposition said it was 104 but I can only find 103)

Gundry 3-1-2-2
Streatfeild 4-0-20-1
H. Hilary 3-1-9-0
Leach 4-0-28-2
Pope 4-0-32-3
Cooper 2-0-10-1

Man of the match: Simon Gundry

10 June 2003


Superstars won the toss and elected to bat

Superstars 185/3 off 20.0 overs (Perera 72, Gigg 54, Cooper 2-42, Cavanagh 1-19) Dodgers 143/4 off 20.0 overs (Cavanagh 71, Taylor 2-22, Perera 1-12, Patten 1-14)


Dodgers Man of the Match: Mark Cavanagh

328/7 off 40 overs - now that's entertainment. Unless of course you are a bowler.

This second match in this year's series against Superstars saw us fall to two down with two to play, although this was a much better showing than the first game.

Even though Captain Carr was delayed it was business as usual as we lost the toss and had to field on what looked like nothing more than an average batting track. Superstars promptly racked up the biggest score we have conceded in a twenty over game, just passing the FSA's 181 of the week before. Messrs Crawford and Roper will no doubt be pleased to have missed both encounters, a fact pointed out at least 83 times by Neil Benn.

Although some of the bowling was wayward to say the least and our fielding was down to its usual standard this huge total came largely due to some excellent batting from Superstars. Gigg (54) batted better than we have seen for several seasons and although Perera (72) started slowly he too was soon dispatching the ball to all parts. You know you are in trouble when Lomas (15*) comes in and smashes his first ball through the covers for four and by the time Whitrod appeared to face only the last ball of the innings few would have bet against the resulting six over mid-wicket. For Dodgers Cavanagh (1-19) was the pick of the bowlers bowling at a lively pace and nearly taking Perera's head off with a great bouncer. Cooper picked up a couple of wickets at the end and Henry Hilary bowled well once he found his range.

Facing the daunting prospect of 9 an over and with Gundry promising to bend his back McBarron graciously offered to drop down the order to give others a chance for a bat. Facing the daunting prospect of chasing 9 an over and with Gundry promising to bend his back it seemed likely plenty of others would get a chance anyway, so this kind offer was equally graciously declined by the Skipper.

So it was that Priest and McBarron re-formed their now familiar opening combination. Gundry was true to his word and bowled four quick and hostile overs, although Phil got us off to the best possible start by snicking the first ball through slip for four. This set the tone as almost all of the 18 that Gundry conceded were to the third man area. However, with the required rate soon well into double figures we clearly had them worried as for Gundry's third over Superstars had five men on the boundary.

The entertainment of Gundry's spell (more entertaining from the boundary than from 22 yards I suspect) hid the fact that Patten also bowled very well from the other end and it was Patten who made the breakthrough in the eighth over to bowl McBarron for 6. This only served to set the stage for the entry of Mark Cavanagh who proceeded to play one of the best ever Dodgers' innings that I for one have ever seen. Mark smashed eight fours and three sixes on his way to 71, leaving Priest in the somewhat unaccustomed support role. In the middle of the innings four overs from Andrews and Goram went for an incredible 72, only 15 of them to Priest. By now Superstars were seriously worried and at one point had nobody saving one on the leg side. We were starting to believe that we (ie. Mark) could pull it off. Of course, it wasn’t to be and as so often it was Taylor (2-22) who did the damage, Priest going to a top edged pull and Cavanagh caught not long after by Perera.

In the end we finished on 143/4 which would have been easily enough on almost any other night - it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if we’d scored them batting first. There was of course no doubt about man of the match and Kav looks a bloody good player to me. Let’s hope he keeps turning out.

Quote of the week:

I can't remember anything really funny (although Superstars' Paul Andrews mistaking Phil McBarron for Phil Patten raised a smile), so hear are some other sports related quotes that seem to fit in with the Dodgers ethos...

Bill Shankley on Martin Chivers: "The big lad is deceptive. He's slower than he looks."

Trevor Bailey on Compton: "His calls while running are merely a basis for negotiation."

George Foreman on fighting for the world heavyweight crown aged 42: "Holyfield has never fought a true heavyweight. When he fights me he is taking on every burger franchise in America."

Neil Armstrong after his own gut was compared to other physically perfect astronaut specimens: "I believe we are born with a finite number of heartbeats and I'm damned if I am going to waste mine exercising."


Gigg* c. Matthews b. Cavanagh 54
Perera c. McBarron b. Cooper 72
Conway+ c. Hilary H b. Cooper 29
Lomas Not Out 15
Whitrod Not Out 6
Extras 10
TOTAL (for 3 wickets off 20.0 overs) 185

Benn 2 0 16 0
Streatfield 3 0 25 0
Cavanagh 4 0 19 1
Qureshi 2 0 30 0
Hilary H 3 0 21 0
Cooper 4 0 42 2
Hawton 2 0 26 0


McBarron b. Patten 4
Priest c. Conway b. Taylor 39
Cavanagh c. Perera b. Taylor 71
Carr* Not Out 7
Cooper b. Perera 3
Benn Not Out 0
Extras 17
TOTAL (for 4 wickets off 20.0 overs) 143

DNB: Hawton, Matthews+, Qureshi, Streatfield, Hilary H

Gundry 4 0 18 0
Patten 4 0 14 1
Andrews 2 0 36 0
Goram 2 0 33 0
Taylor 4 0 22 2
Perera 4 1 12 1