25 September 2003

Not voted yet in the Dodgers Awards? There is still time to vote for David Pope in his own category, or to vote for the bowling, batting, catching and champagne moments of the season.

Remember that the AGM and Social including the full results of these and other awards is on Friday 7 November at the CSRC.

17 September 2003

Report glitches (which I didn't spot first time round) corrected to reflect accurately, if unhappily, the outcome of the Superstars match

16 September 2003

The (crap) Cat pounces! Ah well I knew it was to good to last. I've just read my match report. The start of which indicates Crawford was playing and that Dodgers won by 40 runs. Clearly neither is true (although Crawford did turn up to offer unhelpful advice). Does anyone know how I amend the report? And can we appoint an editor?

Crap Cat
The (real) Cat pounces! Guess what? Yep not only have I remembered how to do this I've also done the match report for our "narrow" defeat against Superstars in the last game of the season. Apparently it appears elsewhere on this website - so read it. Is this what you wanted Mr Cooper?

Cat
The cat pounces! (... oh yes he does) and he brings in the Superstars match report

14 September 2003

We have secured incoming video evidence of last week's draw against Buckhurst Hill at their place. Windows Media Player is required to view the clip in the media gallery which lasts just over a minute and is about 1.8MB in size.

13 September 2003

Me 'end of 2003 season' av'rij! Full batting and bowling averages for the complete season now in the Stats section.

12 September 2003

Vote early! It's the Dodgers End of Season Online Awards Poll. Most of the proper end of season awards are made following a careful assessment by the Committee of this season's scorecards and match reports over 17 pints of mild in the Royal Oak. But the really important awards are those voted for here - click on the fancy blue button on the right to make your vote count. And this year, as part of the online awards spectacular, there is a special category for "all time champagne moment (apart from that David Pope run-out)". Awards, as usual, to be presented, soaked in beer and then lost during the course of the Dodgers AGM and Social on 7 November.

09 September 2003

Superstars Photo Gallery






Dodgers v Superstars

Dodgers won the toss and opted to bat (!)

Dodgers 132/9 off 40 overs (McBarron 69 not out)
Superstars 133/2 off 27.4 overs (Benn 2-14)

Superstars won by 7 wickets

Dodgers Man of the Match: Phil McBarron

Spirits were high following our draw against Buckhurst Hill and there was a modicum of optimism in the Dodgers camp that a 2003 season whitewash by the "rats" would be avoided - especially as Master Gundry had made himself unavailable by going on holiday (presumably the only week John Carr would let him take).

Confident that whoever won the toss Dodger's would field first, yours truly wrote Superstars in the scorebook. However Cap'n Carr, obviously unhinged by the sight of some of the Rats sporting either appalling head wounds or awful new red caps, ignored the advice of Benn and Mcbarron and opted to bat first.

Taking advantage McBarron and Westhead opened the batting with their usual panache and against the tight bowling of Taylor and Block smote their way to 15 from the first 7 overs. Then, having played himself in, Westhead opted to unleash the full range of his strokeplay and was promptly bowled by Block for 2 with the score on 16. Priest then joined McBarron and against change bowlers Perrera and Conway, these two pushed the score to 32 before umpire Cooper, obviously conned by the Oscar winning appeal by bowler Conway, controversially gave Priest out lbw. Cue apoplexy from Priest and mirth from assorted "rats". 4th man in Jacobs, not bothering to trouble the scorer, gave Conway an easy c&b for his 2nd. wicket of the over. The prospect of a record mid-order stand between tykes McBarron and Benn raised Dodgers spirits. But sadly this was not to be as Benn, playing all round a ball from the deceptive Marchant, departed the wicket bowled for a meagre 2. With the score on 42 for 4 from 19 overs the prospect of humiliation was in now in sight. Cap'n Carr however had other ideas and together with the pedestrian McBarron took the score to 109 before falling to the wily Block for 27 in the 36th over. Batting up the order Matthews looked set for a big score until, with one over to go, he unwillingly sacrificed his wicket to satisfy McBarron's desire to run him out as many times as possible in the season. Having unwisely taking a single from the first ball of the last over McBarron then had to watch, mesmerised, as Qureshi, Streatfeild and Cooper showed him how to get out without scoring. The innings closed on 132 for 9 with Block taking 5 wickets; all bowled.

Against accurate bowling form Benn and Henry Hilary Superstars openers Meyler and Whitrod got off to a slow start. Indeed Whitrod was so slow that he could nearly have been mistaken for McBarron. Dropped without scoring after some 20 odd balls, he scored 4 from the next and was promptly caught by Qureshi off Benn the ball after (if only we could have kept him in). Lomas didn't stay long before, mistiming an elegant off side prod, he became Benn's 2nd victim - bowled for 4. The ever popular Conway then joined Meyler at the wicket and was promptly dropped twice in the first over he faced. Being dropped twice more and refusing to reply when McBarron asked if he'd been sensible enough to buy a lottery ticket, he went on to make 52 before retiring with the game virtually won. Meyler and Davey remained unbeaten and Superstars strolled to victory; their innings ending on 133 for 2 in the 27th over.

Dodgers were left to consider what could have been (if we'd got Conway out at least we'd have lost smiling) and to look forward to a long winter of catching practice, deep study of the laws relating to lbw and lessons on how to accept dodgy decisions gracefully.

Cat

Scorecard

Dodgers

McBarron not out 69
Westhead b Block 2
Priest lbw b Conway 9
Jacobs c&b Conway 0
Benn b Marchant 2
Carr* b Block 27
Matthews+ run out 6
Qureshi b. Block 0
Streatfeild b. Block 0
Cooper b. Block 0
Hilary H. not out 0
Extras 18
TOTAL (40.0 overs) 132 for 9

Bowling
O M R W
Taylor 8 1 28 0
Block 8 0 19 5
Perrera 4 1 13 0
Conway 7 1 11 2
Marchant 8 1 28 1
Billy 5 0 12 0
Meyler 2 0 12 0

Superstars

Meyler not out 49
Whitrod+ c Qureshi b Benn 4
Lomas b Benn 4
Conway (retired) not out 52
Davey+ not out 10
Extras 13
TOTAL (27.4 overs) 133 for 2

DNB: Gigg*, Perrera, Tailor, Marchant, Block, Billy

Bowling
O M R W
Benn 8 5 14 2
Hilary H 5 0 14 0
Streatfeild 3 0 26 0
Cooper 5 0 23 0
Priest 3 0 20 0
Carr 1 0 11 0
Qureshi 2.4 0 17 0

08 September 2003

Dodgers v Buckhurst Hill

Dodgers grind out traditional end of season Buckhurst Hill draw. Dodgers sealed the traditional end of season draw at Buckhurst Hill as predicted rain came and went and McB blocked for Britain. In an innings that recalled Trevor Bailey's legendary 357 minute half-century back in 1958-59, whilst Dodgers wickets fell around him, "Barnacle" McBarron kept his average in sight and Dodgers in the game, rarely raising his rate above a run an over and seeing Dodgers through some 50 overs to safety. Report to follow soon.
Me av'rij! 2003 bowling and batting averages with one game to go (and a couple of missing scorecards) now in the Stats section
Full multimedia gallery for Buckhurst Hill v Dodgers coming soon but in the meantime here is a taster...

Buckhurst Hill controversy abounds

Controversy abounds this morning following our failure to beat Buckhurst Hill yesterday. The selectors have sensationally failed to drop Carr or Matthews (for turning up late), McB (for sensationally slow scoring) or Westhead (for naff weather forecasting) but have axed MoM Crawford, all-rounder Whitrod and top umpire Pope instead (and err... "golden boy" Leach too).

Details: Buckhurst 191-5 dec (49) Dodgers 142-7 (50) match drawn.

07 September 2003

Buckhurst Hill Photo Gallery

Buckhurst Hill v Dodgers 7 September 2003





























06 September 2003

AGM and Social confirmed for Friday 7 November (not 31 October!)at the Civil Service Recreation Centre, Chadwick Street - more details soon

05 September 2003

Latest weather forecast for Sunday "It's gonna rain" - Guy

Update - "no its not" - forecast now rather good.

04 September 2003

The line-up for the last game of the season vs Superrats is Carr, Priest, McB, Cat, Westhead, Jacobs, Hilary (H), Qureshi, Cooper, Streatfeild, Benn. The match is on Tuesday 9 September at Chiswick and starts at 2pm.
The team for Sunday's match away against Buckhurst Hill at their High Road ground [map] is Carr, Benn, McB, Cat, Cooper, Leach, Crawford, Westhead, Pope and Whitrod. The match starts at 1pm. Tea is provided. Buckhurst Hill Underground Station is on the Central Line and in Zone 5.
The selectors have announced the teams for the remaining two games of the season - beginning with five changes from the side that demolished T&CO. Fingers crossed for the weather.

Latest odds for Tuesday's game: Dodgers 5/1 Tie 25/1 Superstars 1/12

02 September 2003

Sadly, neither ORR or Superrats were able to raise a team for tomorrow, so the game is canceled. We have 8 definites so far for Sunday, so you're all playing: Carr, Benn, McB, Cat, Cooper, Leach, Crawford, Westhead. Details to follow.

Latest odds for Sunday: Dodgers 10/11 Draw 13/8 Buckhurst 5/2 Tie 33/1

01 September 2003

Office of the Rail Regulator game on Wednesday 3 September cancelled

The oppo can only field an extremely disappointing (and totally inadequate for cricketing purposes) two players so unfortunately this game has been called off.