31 December 2004

Dodgers Nets 2005

The following net sessions have been booked for 2005, all of them on Tuesdays, 6-7pm:

1 Mar, 8 Mar, 15 Mar, 5 Apr & 12 Apr

[All one lane per session except for 12 April when we have two]

We did try to book another night on 19 April but this has been cancelled because the refurbishment work at the Oval starts on the 18th. Get the dates in your diaries and we will open bookings soon.

Happy New Year!

10 December 2004

The A-Z of Bradman

Check out this article from the Sydney Morning Herald which is loaded with fascinating facts about Donald Bradman. You have to register, but it's free.

24 November 2004

9 September Committee Meeting Minutes

Now online in My Dodgers. Unfortunately, it now looks like the AGM and Social won't be held until at least January 2005.

22 October 2004

View from Brussels

Well hello all. I've been here just over a month now and have already been bombarded with offers - well one actually - to play cricket so it seems there are plenty of teams here. Not sure I want to give up Saturdays though, weekday evenings are much better.

I see there is no news yet on the AGM - by the way it's too late to bribe me for my votes - but if it's in early December I may be able to attend. Either way, if any of you are in Brussels do get in touch (the Committee has my contact details) - I now know plenty of places to get a good (Belgian) beer....


24 September 2004

Dodgers Awards 2004

It's back, the Dodgers Awards, or 'Dodgies' if you will. Wrapping up the 2004 season in style. As usual there will also be the real awards that are calculated on the performances of the season - Best Batsman, Best Bowler and the prestigious Player of the Season. For the first time we are also taking votes for Best Fielder and Most Improved Player here on the website. And then we have the now traditional extra awards that don't come with any trophy as such but leave recipients with a glowing feeling nonetheless.

The awards will be announced at the AGM and Social 2004. Watch this space for details.

13 September 2004

New design (finally) launched

Luxuriate in the new Dodgers website design. A bold new adventure in blue and orange! Not all of the pages are in the new style yet but fairly soon everything will be rolled over.

Dodgers in 4DA's Sports Day runner-up shock

The mighty Dodgers rounded off an excellent season with a solid and somewhat surprisingly good display in the inaugural 4DA's Sports Day at Chiswick last Friday. Heavy morning rain meant that the start was delayed and the withdrawal of two teams led to a hasty reshuffle. Unlike at the DfT Sports Day, we avoided the big guns and were drawn in a group of 3 with ISG and OFGEM.

The team: Carr, Cooper, McBarron, Hilary (J), Matthews, Welle-Skit

Match 1, Pitch D

Batting first, Dodgers set a healthy total of 70 against an erratic ISG side. Openers Hilary and McBarron set the pace before a misjudgement saw McB run out at the Fuller's End. One over went for 24 which included 7 wides (4 for the ball itself plus 3 overthrows).

ISG batting line-up featured one pretty decent left-hander who scored most of their runs. All the Dodgers bowlers including new recruit Ian Welle-Skit were reasonably economical and kept the scoring under control. JC had about 24 runs to play with come the last over and we ended up winning by about 15.

Match 2, Pitch D

Dodgers won the toss against OFGEM and elected to field. Late arrival Trushar Patel somehow ended up playing for the oppo. Opening bowler Cooper's first ball was a wide but this obviously lulled Patel into a false sense of security as he lobbed the next one to McB at mid-off. All the other bowlers took wickets except for JH who made up for this by conceding a mere 3(?) runs. OFGEM were bowled out for 32.

Patel made amends for his early dismissal by delivering a highly accurate first over which again went for only 3. This left Dodgers needing 30 off four. Welle-Skit opened with Hilary and we made good if unspectacular progress. It came down to 14 off 2 but by the end of the over we had won.

The Final, Pitch D

Agricola, the official DEFRA team, made it to the final from the other group which also contained New Barbarian Weasels (Home Office) and Bristol Badgers (DEFRA). We approached the final in relaxed mood despite having seen balls being hit to all parts on the adjacent pitch. It was quite clear that we were going to be in for a tough game.

Agricola won the toss and inserted. The bowling was accurate and economical. Despite steadily losing wickets, we made it to a creditable 37 runs. This included a first trip to the 6-a-side crease for Cooper although it was for the last ball of the innings and at the non-striker's end!

It was a small total to defend but hopes lifted when Cooper took a wicket in the first over. A snick behind and the Cat flying to his right to pouch it. The incoming batsman launched the next one and Hilary's valiant chase nearly resulted in a splendid catch. The ball didn't quite stick and went over the boundary for four. Welle-Skit made sure this didn't matter too much by bowling the same guy in the next over. We kept things reasonably tight and it came down to them needing 8 off the last over. A couple of singles and a two meant it was 4 off 3. A pull through midwicket off JC beat Cooper and it was all over. But we were not disheartened as we performed much better than we could have ever expected.

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SPARTA, whom we were representing, won the overall competition. Our 3 points proved crucial in the outcome. We were presented with runners-up medals by Perm Sec David Rowlands.

To round things off, we entered the quiz in the evening with a team comprising JC, JC2, McB, JH and Sian. And, you guessed it, we came second!

10 September 2004

4DA's Sports Day Photo Gallery

4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004
4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004 - John Hilary

4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004
4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004 - John Hilary

4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004
4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004 - John Hilary

4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004
4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004 - Phil McBarron

4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004
4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004 - Phil McBarron

4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004
4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004 - Phil McBarron and Ian Welle-Skitt

4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004
4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004 - Ian Welle-Skitt, John Cooper and John Carr

4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004
4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004 - The end of the final

4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004
4DA's Sports Day Friday 10 September 2004 - The presentation by David Rowlands

08 September 2004

On the cards

Scorecards for the last two games of the season v Superstars and Buckhurst Hill are now published.

07 September 2004

4DA's Sports Day - 10 September 2004

A Dodgers Select VI will represent ODPM/DfT in the 4 DA’s Trophy Inaugural Sports Challenge Between DTI, HO, DEFRA and SPARTA (ODPM/DfT) on Friday 10 September 2004. The team is: Carr, McBarron, Matthews, Hilary, Cooper and Patel. The cricket starts at 10.30am and will follow a similar format to the DfT's own Sports Day.

Minutes of Committee Meeting 26 July 2004

The minutes of this meeting are now in the My Dodgers section along with previous AGM and Committee Meeting minutes and the Constitution.

Buckhurst Hill - Man of the Match

Simon Cousins, who had impressive figures of 5 for 35 off 17.3 overs in the victory over Buckhurst Hill last Sunday, wrapped up the Man of the Match by taking 10 votes. Matt Taylor, who hit a Dodgers best of season 64, received 1 vote (Simon's!).

06 September 2004

Superstars Man of the Match votes

From the match on 31 August

Bass - 5
Priest - 3
Cousins - 2
Cooper - 1

Me end of season avrij!

Check out the end of season batting, bowling and fielding figures in the Stats section.

05 September 2004

Buckhurst Hill Photo Gallery

Dodgers v Buckhurst Hill

Phil McBarron reports...

Dodgers won by about 20 on a desparately low and slow pitch. BH contained a mixture of old and new faces but were generally stronger than normal.

Amazingly JC won the toss and sensibly decided to bat first in view of the very hot weather. We managed 160 all out in 47 overs. 64 for Taylor who batted most of the overs and rode his luck well (a vital and impressive knock in the context of the game) and a very slow 23 for McB (Taylor and I put on about 75 for the 1st wicket aided by a large number of extras).

My dismissal was controversial - low catch claimed by point which I thought had been scooped up on the half volley. None of their players seemed sure and the umpires were in no position to give it. I stood my ground briefly and asked the fielder if he was sure the catch was good. He said he was so I walked. I'm pretty certain it wasn't out and absolutely certain fielder couldn't be sure, but what do you do?! (Stay in! Ed.)

Priesty looked in good touch but was run out for 18 when sprinting for a 3rd which Taylor declined for some unfathomable reason (the great man was not best pleased but to be fair didn't dwell on it). The Cat scored 10 to pass 100 for the season to universal acclaim (even BH applauded). Single figure scores for the rest including clean bowled ducks for Hilary, Southwell and Pope (the first two goldens).

160 seemed about 20 short in the conditions but BH found the pitch as difficult to force the pace on as we did. Four of their top five were very decent players but all got out in the 20s (3 played on via inside edges - it was that type of pitch). Star of the show was Simon Cousins with 17.3 overs 5-35. John Cooper picked up 2 or 3 and David Pope managed his obligatory couple near the end (including the BH wicketkeeper again!). They were finally out for about 140 in 42 overs (15 balls were left remaining of the final 20 when we got the last wicket).

Overall, a pretty good performance and for the second time in a week we held our nerve when under the cosh and coming 2nd best in the field. I think our record for the season is 16 wins, 4 defeats (all fairly narrow), one tie and one winning draw (first Superstars game). Pretty remarkable considering we failed to score 200 in any match (199 against Weasels being the best). Testimony to how well we bowled and some improved fielding. Superstars have also failed to score 200 this season which says a lot about the weather and pitches. (And their crapness! Ed.)

Innings of Dodgers

McBarron c ? b Mangara 23
Taylor c ? b Stander 64
Priest run out 18
Carr b Sabini 5
Matthews run out 10
Whitrod lbw b Sabini 7
Hilary (J) b Sabini 0
Southwell b Ball 0
Cousins b Ball 6
Cooper not out 0
Pope b Sabini 0
Sub-total 133
Extras 27
Total 160

Buckhurst Hill bowling

Baid 9 3 21 0
Sawar 5 0 20 0
Stander 15 2 46 1
Mangara 8 0 31 1
Sabini 6.5 1 19 4
Ball 3 0 4 2

Innings of Buckhurst Hill

Sabini b Cousins 20
Briscoe c & b Hilary (J) 3
Grey b Cousins 22
Adeel b Cooper 23
Stander b Cousins 31
Smith c Southwell b Cousins 0
Magara (R) c Taylor b Cooper 0
Yasser not out 14
Magara (P) b Pope 1
Rose c Carr b Pope 2
Ball b Cousins 3
Sub-total 126
Extras 14
Total 140

Dodgers bowling

Cousins 17.5 4 35 5
Hilary (J) 7 0 35 1
Cooper 7 0 27 2
Pope 5 1 27 2
Southwell 4 0 13 0

01 September 2004

Our Finest Hour

Phil McBarron reports...

We were inserted on a slow and low pitch, which coupled with an ovegrown outfield, made runs hard to come by. We stuggled to 162 all out off 39 overs - a patient half century by Priest, a fluentish (in the context of the game) 30 by Carr, some lusty blows by Warren and our old friend extras being the main stays. Ducks for Taylor and Cousins and not many from the rest of us. Superstars bowling was steady but unspectacular and backed up by good fielding. An Asian off-spinner we had not seen before picked up a five-for - decentish bowler but his figures did flatter a little.

We felt 180 would have been a good score but 162 was at best only par. When 14 came off Warren's first over, including two boundaries by Conway and four byes we ferared the worst. Fortunately, Conway soon holed out and the scooring went into reverse as 24 off 3 overs became 36-1 off 13. The spinner who opened the batting with Conway was out shortly afterwards and JC/Neil decided now was the time to gamble with Alex. 15 runs came off his first over as the Superstars no 4 James launched into him. As is the way, runs also started coming at the other end and at 90 odd for 2 off 25 overs Superstars were favourites. Wickets then started to fall steadily but Block batting at 6 was playing well and ensured the Rats were always up with the run rate. However, when he was out caught in the deep, 17 were needed off 4 overs with only one wicket left. This was down to 6 needed off 7 balls when Mike Taylor horribly wiped over a straight semi-long hop from John Cooper and was clean bowled via his pad.

A goodish Dodgers fielding performance and all the bowlers did well. 4 wickets for Warren Bass in 3 spells, excellent economy from Cousins up front (10 runs from 8 overs), steady spells and wickets for Cooper and Hilary and a good comeback from Alex who claimed the vital wicket of Block. The main thing is we held our nerve in a game we were often coming 2nd best in.

Three-nil, three-nil, three-nil, three-nil...

23 August 2004

The 5.30pm departure on 24/08/04 from Chiswick is cancelled...

... due to the Oppo (ATOC Marauders) only being able to field 4 players.

The next Dodgers game is the afternoon finale to the Superstars series. With Dodgers in an unassailable 2-0 lead can they complete the whitewash?

19 August 2004

High standards

Dodgers easily beat a plucky BSI side on Friday night to win the 2004 "series" 2-0. After winning the toss and deciding to bat, BSI were held down to about 20 runs off the first 10 overs due largely to some great work by Waz (3-2-1-0) and Cousins (4-2-9-2).

Read the full report and scorecard here.

Check out the post-BSI bowling, batting and fielding in the Stats section.

12 August 2004


Dodgers' proud unbeaten record at Chiswick finally ended tonight when we were beaten by a team of six men... and three women from the Audit Commission.

Batting first, AC launched a severe attack from the word go. Though John Hilary fared reasonably well and took a wicket, Benn going at 8 an over and Luke going at 12 an over were particularly harshly dealt with, as were the first two overs from Adey. We dragged it back towards the end as the retirements rule again came to our rescue, but 136 was way more than anyone expected. AC had batted very well on a flat pitch, albeit assisted by our worst fielding of the season by some distance.

But, let's be fair, 137 was very gettable against only nine. Actually that's not quite right - they had ten with our loaned player. The first ball was a long hop outside off stump and Tawhid somehow chipped it low to mid-wicket where it was caught by... J Hilary, who promptly jogged off to pad up.

McBarron joined Priest and they embarked on a stand packed with competitive running. Unfortunately, they were competing with each other, which did nobody any favours. Nonetheless, Phil batted very swiftly and retired with us well up with rate. Guy showed traces of his South African side before being run out attempting an ambitious second and Neil made his 30 before also retiring.

The much-vaunted middle order again failed to deliver. Luke attempted a bold upper cut to be easily caught; Hilary tired an uncharacterisitc nurdle and was trapped in front; and Benn's rather more characteristic nurdle was caught off a leading edge. In between Cooper had been comprehensively bowled, and with the Cat's departure it was up to Adey and the returned McBarron with 18 needed off two. Phil cut a dashing figure in C&A's finest having bizarrely got changed, but was soon run out.

12 off the last with Priest at the wicket. A two and a one made it nine off four, then Adey launched a sensational slog over mid-wicket to make it five off three. A dot, then all over as John was bowled in the gloom. As last week, the game ended on a sour note with some totally unneccessary bad sportsmanship from some members of the opposition.

AC thoroughly deserved to win this, having batted really well against a lack-lustre Dodgers side that had fielded abysmally. We should still have won, but the batting just didn't get its act together.

11 August 2004

The Other Side of Wandsworth

There is now an official Warwick Castle's report of last Sunday's narrow defeat courtesy of TQ.

Match: Warwick Castle Cricket Club v Dodgers Cricket Club
Sunday 8th August 2004 at Wandsworth Common
Weather: Hot and Sunny becoming Cloudy later

Warwick Castle Won by 1 Wicket

When this season is over and Warwick regulars assemble over a pint or eight to dissect the summer this game may be one which they’ll look at as typical of a season in which they have contrived to make the game look as difficult as possible while sporadically actually playing quite well.

Read the full report here along with our report by Neil Benn and the scorecard.

10 August 2004

Reports 'n' Stats 'n' Profiles

Reports for Weasels, Ombudsman and Warwick Castle amended/added in Fixtures & Results.

Bowling, Batting and Fielding figures updated in Stats.

A new picture of John Adey added in Profiles.

09 August 2004

Happy Birthday dodgerscricket.org!

It was the first birthday of the website on 7 August. In the first year we have gradually seen the site replace the old style match reports (which took ages to appear), a burgeoning collection of photo galleries, commenting on post (now available to one and all) and plenty of pi$$taking player profiles. We have also filled up our webspace and will need to pay for some extra! New developments will see the launch of a new design and the eventual completion of sections like previous years' stats.

So near...

Dodgers so nearly pulled off their greatest-ever victory yesterday against Warwick Castle but fell just short, losing by one wicket.

McB opened with Warwick reject Qureshi on a pitch that looked distinctly "sporting" and played more so. The first ball from our old friend Mark Cav bounced and jagged back to hit Phil in the stomach; the second he steered to second slip. 0 for 1. Two no balls for head-high bouncers later, Alex Luke's mate Johnny got a grubber. 2 for 2. Then Alex himself was called for a ridiculous run by Tawhid, dithered, then went. They didn't need the direct hit but that was 2 for 3 and humiliation looming with three players not yet at the ground.

Neil Benn joined Tawhid and the recovery began. Avoiding the short ball was key, but both latched on to a few half-volleys and with the odd nurdle and a lot of extras the score had reached 52 before Tawhid was bowled for 16 by one that kept very low. John Hilary was next and he batted in typically positive fashion before being hit in the chest. That seemed to shake him up considerably and he soon perished, also for 16, with the score 82-5.

The score had passed 100 before Benn was out attempting a chip to long-on that sliced to long-off and was pouched. Perhaps his best-ever innings for Dodgers, he had again fallen tantalisingly short of a maiden 50 for the club. The rest of the innings folded rapidly and 119 didn't look anywhere near enough. Extras made a handy 30 and apart from Benn, Qureshi and Hilary no batsman had reached 5.

Indeed, a 10-wicket defeat looked on the cards as Warwick started strongly against Hilary and Patel - a guest from Superstars. Then John trapped an opener LBW and wickets began to fall steadily. John Cooper picked a useful two, one from an excellent catch by Johnny, and the second Patel brother began a tremondous spell of spin and guile picking up the other opener as the tension mounted.

Benn took the 7th of the nine wickets needed with more than 20 still required. Could the miracle happen? The 8th wicket proved stubborn, however, with two catches being shelled (one, sadly, a complete dolly) as McB kept one end tight with Benn while mixing the Patels. Eventually the batsmen cracked first, attempting a crazy single and Hilary's good work effected the run out.

13 needed, then 9 and decision time for McB. Should he keep on Benn from whom there were no runs at all but little chance of a wicket, or try to blast them out with a third spell from the pacy Patel? He opted for the latter but disaster struck - a wide went to the boundary quickly followed by a thick edge and it was all over.

What a game! A super effort from the Dodgers from a hopeless position with credit due to all the bowlers and the Cat, whose commitment meant he picked up numerous injuries in the most dangerous fielding position on the park. But let's not play here too often...

Quote of the day: "I saw most of your runs but eventually I just couldn't keep my eyes open" - Neil Benn's girlfirend, obviously inspired beyond belief by his heroic innings

06 August 2004

Swinging like a rusty gate!

Warren 'Waz' Bass enjoys a beer in the bar after the Ombudsman win
Warren 'Waz' Bass enjoys a beer in the bar after the Ombudsman win

Me post-Ombudsman avrij!

Batting, bowling and fielding figures now updated in the Stats section.

Another one down

Dodgers maintained their unbeaten record at Chiswick last night with a narrow, though comfortable, win over the Ombudsmen.

Stand-in, stand-in, stand-in skipper Neil Benn kept up the tradition of his forebears by losing the toss but given that we had only eight at the ground would have batted anyway. New opening pairing Luke and Qureshi began very well with some free hitting and adventurous running, posting 47 at around a run-a-ball before Tawhid nicked one behind for 23. Luke soon followed for 17, playing all round a straight one, and the innings promptly stalled as Cat and Adey struggled.

Cat soon began to break the shackles, however, notching another effective cameo with 18 but it was Warren Bass - having "been at the wicket" during the run out of recently-arrived skipper McB - who provided the real impetus, smashing six, four, four in consecutive balls to take us to 118-5 with 24 not out.

Opening bowlers Benn and Bass were pressured by a big-hitting Ombudsman opener, but Bass in particular was able to keep the runs in check. The introduction of the golden arms Luke and Cooper proved decisive, though, with Alex's first ball being chipped to Adey and John picking up 3 for 20 in a spell of seam bowling that characterised his excellent season.

Matt Southwell continued to show good promise and with 30 needed off 2, McB yielded to pressure and gave Tawhid - who had fielded excellently - a bowl. Well at least it made it interesting... 15 runs flowed to keep the Ombudsmen's hopes alive, but Matt was not phased in the final over and we ran out winners by eight runs.

Sad to say that some blatantly dodgy umpring decisions and a really low piece of bad sportsmanship towards the end left a bitter taste, but it was washed away with victory beer yet again for the Dodgers.

05 August 2004

Dodgers v Warwick Castle Sunday 8 August @ 2pm

The team for this match at Wandsworth Common is (in provisional batting order): McB, Qureshi, Luke, Johnny, Benn, Whitrod, Hilary, Patel, Cooper, Matthews

The match is at Wandsworth Common, a new venue for Dodgers. Directions (courtesy of TQ) are as follows:

Map link

The cricket pitches are just off Dorlcote Road, and the changing rooms are situated away to the east near the cafe / playground. The nearest tube is Balham and the nearest overground stop is Wandsworth Common.

Warwick Castle are aiming for a prompt 2pm start, and they are also happy to supply tea, which along with splitting the pitch hire works out as £45 per team.

04 August 2004

Team for Ombudsman Thu 5 Aug @ 6pm

Tawhid, Adey, Whitrod, McB, Matthews, Cav, Luke, Benn, Southwell,

This is also the provisional batting order.

02 August 2004

Player of the Month - July

There is a 3-way tie for Player of the Month for July. Step forward
Messrs Carr, Matthews and Taylor...

Those votes in full:

7 votes - Carr, Matthews, Taylor
4 votes - Crawford
3 votes - Cousins, McBarron, Southwell
2 votes - Gill
1 vote - Andrews, Bass, Benn, Cooper, Qureshi

Weasels - Man of the Match

Phil McBarron was the Man of the Match in last week's match against New Barbarian Weasels: McB - 3, Gill - 2, Andrews - 1, Bass - 1, Benn - 1, Cooper - 1, Qureshi - 1 (10 votes only)

01 August 2004


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Warwick at Wandsworth

The venue for the match on Sunday 8 June vs The Warwick Castle (or "Tawhid's lot" as they are commonly known) has been changed (again). It is now at Wandsworth Common. That's if we can get enough players...

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Match reports and photos galore:

The win over Weasels
The defeat to Dealers
Those Sports Day pics in full

29 July 2004


The MyDodgers section has been updated to include the minutes of April's Committee meeting and the Dodgers Constitution.

28 July 2004

Catches win matches - the sequel

Dodgers got back to winning ways with a clear-cut victory against New Barbarian Weasels at Berrylands this afternoon, thereby avenging a similar-sized defeat last season.

Winning the toss, stand-in skipper McB opened the batting with Tawhid Qureshi.  Their partnership was a revelation, notching up 75 at quicker than a-run-a-ball before Tawhid skied one and was caught for an excellent 34.  McB completed a rapid 50 - easily his most fluent for Dodgers in recent years - before also being caught.  Weasel's successful bowler was heard to bid McB a hearty farewell with a cheery gesture as he departed.  Well something like that....

Replacements Chris Andrews (Dealers) and Jas Gill (ORR) kept up the pace before Andrews's departure for 29 sparked a dramatic collapse as Hilary, Benn and Crawford managed just three runs between them.  Guest Bok Warren Bass steadied the ship before launching a quick 22 and Gill's eventual dismissal for 46 left us on 199-9 after our allotted 35 overs.

200 looked tough but getable on a very decent track, but Dodgers' performance in the field was awesome and they never really looked like threatening it.   Benn (2-18) and Bass (1-15) made early inroads, Cooper (2-18) pressured the middle order, and Hilary (3-10) mopped up the tail.  We had taken no fewer than 8 (eight!) catches - Qureshi (2), Benn (2), Matthews, Bass, McB and Hilary - and effected two run outs with only one chance grounded.  If only it was like that every week!

The evenutual margn of 84 was a fair reflection of our dominance, though we certainly owe a debt of gratitude to the three guests who performed so well.