24 July 2003

Science Museum v Dodgers

Parsons Green

Dodgers (177-1, 20 overs) bt Science Museum (142-6, 20 overs) by 35 runs

After the excitement of the previous week’s thriller at Chiswick, the return match against Science Museum was always in danger of anti-climax. Missing some key players Science Museum never stood a chance against some brutally effective batting from Neil Priest, who narrowly missed his second 20-over century within a week.

Winning the toss, captain Carr elected to bat on a Parsons Green pitch that never looked likely to deliver the run-fest of the week before – the conclusion of the senior batsmen was that 80 would be a good score.

For the first eight overs, this looked a reasonable prediction as Science Museum made McBarron and Priest work for their runs. But, having seen the opening attack replaced by what can best be described as utter dobbers, both Dodgers batsmen cut free, accelerating from 27 runs at the end of the seventh over to 133 at the end of the seventeenth. It would be a mistake to represent this as remotely watchable or exciting. Rank deliveries hoiked towards the boundary, often helped on their way by a staggering series of crass fielding errors. That is not to criticise the Dodgers batting, which did the job required of it and more. But turkey shoots are rarely much fun if you are not one of those waving the gun.

Retiring at a fine unbeaten 53, McBarron made way for Leach, who failed to repeat recent batting heroics, falling cheaply out to an easy catch in the covers from a mistimed and rather over eager drive. But all the action was at the other end of the wicket as Priest (to significant (and inexplicable) hissing from a number of unidentifiable Dodgers) chose to bat on in an attempt to reach his second century in successive matches. He seemed on track, as Science Museum’s dreadful fielding conceded boundary after boundary. However, with three figures in sight (if he was able to score a boundary a ball of the last three deliveries) Priest was frustrated in his ambition as finally a fielder stopped a ball before it reached the rope. The innings ended with an inordinate eight wides on the trot from joke bowler Seary, Priest carrying his bat on 97 and Carr on 1 not out.

Coming in to bat missing the fire-power of new boy Ryatt, Science Museum never looked like reaching a target of 178. Openers Pickworth and Butler made a decent start, each scoring 24 before going down to Cavanagh and Gundry respectively. But lack of penetration by Dodgers bowlers (a recurring problem this year) meant that the game dragged on for the full twenty overs, finishing in semi-darkness at the abysmally late time of 9:30pm. Of the bowlers, the pick were probably Qureshi, with a tight and aggressive 3-over spell; Gundry, who takes his Dodgers figures this season to 5-2-6-4; and Westhead, who charged in, dropping dangerous lobs from out of the night sky onto unsuspecting batsmen’s heads, despite being drunker than Henry Hilary let loose in an unguarded brewery. Dodgers swiftly changed from whites to civvies and piled off down the Duke of Cumberland for the traditional Parsons Green sausage and chips supper.


McBarron rtd 53
Priest not out 97
Leach ct Butler b Seary 1
Carr not out 1
Extras (3b, 1lb, 19w, 2nb) 25
Total (for 1 wkt, 20 ovrs) 177

dnb Kavanagh, Gundry, Qureshi, Westhead, Cooper, Matthews, Crawford

o m r w
Woodhouse 4 1 11 0
Pickworth 4 0 23 0
Rye 4 0 41 0
Smallwood 4 0 48 0
Butler 2 0 16 0
Seary 2 0 34 1

Science Museum

Pickworth b Cavanagh 24
Butler ct Matthews b Gundry 24
Robinson ct Gundry b Cooper 5
Kerry b Gundry 1
Smallwood not out 35
Rye b Qureshi 13
Woodhouse ct Matthews b Qureshi 4
Seary not out 6
Extras (no details) 30
Total (for 6 wkts, 20 overs) 142

o m r w
Crawford 4 0 26 0
Cavanagh 4 0 31 0
Gundry 2 1 4 2
Cooper 4 0 15 1
Qureshi 3 0 31 2
Westhead 2 0 21 0
Leach 1 0 13 0

20 July 2003

Dodgers v The Stage Door

Sunday 20 July
Result - Dodgers won by 28 runs

Innings of Dodgers

McBarron Ct Sub (Hilary J) b Paul 36
Doyle c&b Amanda 0
Carr retired 51
Abigail b Dave 40
Whitrod retired 19
Crawford not out 21
Hilary J b Dave 0
Cooper not out 0
Sub-total 167
Extras 19
Total 186

Did not bat: Adey


Bowler O M R W Avg
Amanda 8 0 36 1 36
Dave 7 1 31 2 15.5
Tony 6 0 38 0 --
Damian 6 0 21 0 --
Mick 3 0 22 0 --
Paul 5 0 30 1 30

Innings of The Stage Door

David b Hilary J 19
Damo c. McBarron b Adey 8
Tony b Hilary J 35
Mick b Doyle 48
Amanda run out (McBarron) 0
Paul St. Abigail b Doyle 2
Sean b Doyle 0
Alice b Doyle 6
Kim c. Carr b Doyle 14
A.N. Other (Amanda) not out 16
Sub-total 148
Extras 10
Total 158


Bowler O M R W Avg
Crawford 5 1 17 0 --
Adey 3 1 12 1 12
Hilary J 6 0 32 2 16
Cooper 6 1 17 0 --
Carr 1 0 4 0 --
Doyle 6.3 0 23 5 4.6
McBarron 3 0 17 0 --

08 July 2003

Dodgers v ORR

CSSG Chiswick
Tuesday 8th July 2003
ORR won by 6 wickets

Dodgers 105 - 5, 20 overs (McBarron - 40 not out, Leach - 24)
ORR 106 - 4, 17.4 overs (McBarron 2-23, Streatfeild 1-22)

Weather - Humid

On a very muggy July evening Dodgers won the toss and elected to bat. Carr decided that 40 would be the retirement age for the evening, a decision that would come to haunt the captain, who in hindsight might have preferred to raise it to 50. Dodgers were reduced to nine men and without Hilary and Roper.

McBarron and Carr took to the field, with McBarron hitting a four off the first delivery, but then faced a good opening spell by the opening ORR bowlers. The score ticked along well, until Carr fell to a good delivery (Warrens last ball of his spell). Benn came to the crease hoping to build a partnership with the ever - steady McBarron, but fell to an unfortunate decision caught behind. Cooper (who had a very nasty ball to his chest) and Birch failed to get going, and Streatfeild came in at number six, after 10 overs with 46 on the board. Worried that Dodgers might not face all 20 overs, he batted himself in, giving support to McBarron who was nearing his retirement score of 40. ORR had some tight bowling and McBarron retired on 40. Doyle out first ball and Leach came to the crease to make an impressive 24 in the last four overs. ORR could have had the final pair run out on a number of occasions, due to some terrible running between the wickets. Dodgers finished on 105 for 5.

With only nine men Dodgers had to borrow two fielders from ORR, and after a lengthy half time changeover the ORR batsmen finally arrived at the crease. Benn and Streatfeild opened the bowling, with the ORR openers making a quick start. Streatfeild had opener Warren caught for 5, caught by McBarron. Cooper and Leach continued with Cooper having a great spell, with a maiden (the only one of the match) and a run out, which was quite impressive considering his earlier injury. Mason, the other ORR opener had a good innings, running well between the wickets and was retired for 40. McBarron joined the attack taking two wickets, but it seemed the ORR batting attack was too strong. ORR were helped by quick running between the wickets and the absence of Hilary and Roper, who were both missed. ORR won by 6 wickets with three over to spare.

Match Report by Will Streatfeild

Dodgers batting

McBarron Retired 40
Carr Bowled 8
Benn Caught behind 0
Cooper Bowled 3
Birch Bowled 3
Streatfeild Not out 11
Doyle Bowled 0
Leach Not out 24
Extras 15
Total 105

ORR bowling

Bowler o m r w
Tam 4 0 14 1
Kris 4 0 19 1
Jas 4 0 19 1
Dave 1 0 11 1
Vince 4 0 18 1
Rupert 2 0 12 0
Baden 1 0 5 0

ORR batting

Warren Caught B Streatfeild 5
Mason Retired 40
Jas Gill Caught B McBarron 18
V Furey Run out 16
J Evans Run out 0
J Thomas Caught B McBarron 0
McArdle Not out 16
Andy Not out 1
Extras 11
Total 106

Dodgers bowling

Bowler o m r w
Benn 4 0 15 0
Streatfeild 4 0 22 1
Leach 2 0 20 0
Cooper 4 1 22 0
McBarron 3 0 23 2
JC 0.4 0 2 0