23 June 2004

Player of the Season - latest

The Player of the Season 2004 will be the player who has accrued the most individual Man of the Match votes at the end of the season. The current position, with nearly all the votes included, is as follows:

Taylor 19
Qureshi 13
Cooper 10
Hilary (J) 10
Matthews 10
Benn 9
Cavanagh 9
Cousins 7
McBarron 7
Pope 7
Luke 6
Carr 5
Crawford 3
Birch 1
Priest 1
Streatfeild 1

Player of the Month - June latest

Qureshi 13
Taylor 12
Cooper 10
Benn 5
Birch 1
Hilary (J) 1
McBarron 1
Pope 1

Thriller in the drizzle

Dodgers fought back in the gloom and rain last night to tie with Treasury. Batting first, HMT scored in fits and starts, including two massive sixes, with the retire-at-25 rule very much in our favour. Cousins and Southwell grabbed our only two wickets and they ended at 118.

In reply, the absent McB's sinister [check dictionaries folks!] protege went for a duck, and when Priest and Hilary fell for 17 and 21 we were up against. Leach and Cooper also departed, leaving Master Nurdler Benn and Run Out King Qureshi a huge ask. Putting their St Andrews difficulties aside, the pair scored well on the slow outfield with good, energetic running. Benn retired and Cat fell, leaving 6 needed of the last over. Two smears by the tractionless Southwell left us with 2 needed off 3 balls. He was then run out attempting a difficult, though sensible single, before Tawhid could only scramble a bye off the next. The last ball to Cousins went to short cover and Simon's desperate attempt to complete the run failed.

Batting first gave us a drier ball but difficult batting conditions, and the tie was probably a fair result in the end.

22 June 2004

The team for Dodgers v HMT today (6pm) is ...

... Priest, Benn, Cooper, Cousins, Hilary (J), Streatfeild, Leach, Matthews, Qureshi, Taylor, Southwell

17 June 2004

Latest stats now available

Who has the most catches? Who has the most runs? Find out by checking out the latest stats. I couldn't a record of the catches taken at the Buckhurst Hill game so if anyone has details of them would they please let me know.

Youth Policy matures

Check out the new profiles by the inimitable Neil Benn of Dodgers new boys Alex Luke and Matt Taylor.

16 June 2004

Dodgers beat Superstars to go 1-0 up in series

Superstars won the toss and elected to bat in the second match of the annual 4-game series. The whole match was played in glorious sunshine on the 'A' pitch at Chiswick. Gigg and Rai went off at a lively rate facing opening bowlers Hilary (4-0-31-0) and Luke. They pushed the score on to 73 off 9 overs before Rai was run out by the alert Taylor's direct hit. Tight spells from Qureshi (4-1-22-1) and Cooper (4-1-10-0) helped slow things down. Lomas went cheaply to an easy catch by Priest off Qureshi. Gigg retired after making a good fifty. Gundry was kept quiet by continued good bowling and then fell to a sharp caught and bowled by Luke who returned in good form (4-0-29-1) at the Fullers End while Pope's good spell (4-0-28-0) from the Pavilion End made sure that the total was only 122. At the beginning it was looking more like 200!

Matt Taylor and the guesting Matt Conway opened the Dodgers innings in fine form. Mike Taylor and Patten bowled well but the wickets did not come and the runs ticked over nicely. Highlights included the impressive Taylor hitting a splendid straight six. An injury to Conway's knee meant a runner was necessary with Hilary doing the honours. Change bowler Rhys took the first wicket when Conway was caught at mid on by Davey for 20. This brought Priest out to the centre to renew an old partnership. No, not the one with Taylor but the one with umpire Cooper. Fortunately and much to the relief of both parties this passed off without event. The other Superstars change bowler Coram went for three very expensive overs and Dodgers kept racking up the runs.

When Superstars brought on Gundry and Harrop it was too little too late. Despite a dreadful mix-up which led to Priest being run out for 32 and Jacobs being bowled by Harrop for 3, the final run chase came down to only 3 off the last two overs. John Hilary obliged with the winning runs which ensured a well deserved Dodgers victory.

Man of the Match votes: Matthew Taylor (8), John Cooper (2), David Pope (1)

Scorecard to follow.

15 June 2004

Additional Fixture

A an evening game has been arranged for Tuesday 20 July at Barn Elms sports ground against the Dealers. We suspect they may be involved in finance but you never know. So bring your Rizla's just in case.


11 June 2004

News Flash - update on Audit Commission report

Kim of course made a valuable 11 runs, including a stylish boundary, and this of course should have been mentioned in dispatches. My apologies to the great man.

Nick Sandamas e-mailed Priesty and I yesterday and has officially applied to rejoin Dodgers.

NB: posted on Phil's behalf by the Cat - honest!!

10 June 2004


By our guest correspondent Mr McBarron

Dodgers got back on the winning trail last night with a 7 run victory over Audit Commission. AC managed to raise only 8 players but were bolstered by the guesting Barry Gigg of Superstars. Winning the toss at the new venue for us of Battersea Park, Capt Priest decided to make use of a sporting deck against bowling of variable quality. Dodgers managed 142 in their 20 overs with retired 30s from Priest and McB (the former rapid and fluent with all runs in boundaries, the latter stodgier). A few beefy blows from Luke and Cav who both reached double figures and
extras accounted for the other principal contributions. ACs batting was superior to their bowling and all their batters could play a bit at least. Gigg survived a ferocious barrage from Cav and rode his luck to score quickly before retiring. With his replacements also scoring quickly, we were fortunate that the other AC opener seemed oblivious of the required rate of more than 7 an over and nurdled it around making 28 in 19 overs! 42 were required of the last 4 overs, 21 off the last 2 and 15 of the final over. Death bowlers Luke and McB with a spread
field doing just enough to see Dodgers home. Pick of our bowlers was new boy Matt Southwell with 4 accurate overs for 17. Otherwise, the bowling and fielding performance can only be described as fair, although Cav was unfortunate to see some rapid edges of catchable height disappear predictably to the boundary.

Good luck to those playing against the Scum next week!

06 June 2004

St Andrews Photo Gallery

Dodgers v St Andrews, Addington Park, Sunday 6 June 2004

Dodgers v St Andrews, Addington Park, Sunday 6 June 2004 - Andrew Crawford
Dodgers v St Andrews, Addington Park, Sunday 6 June 2004 - Andrew Crawford

Dodgers v St Andrews, Addington Park, Sunday 6 June 2004 - Tawhid Qureshi
Dodgers v St Andrews, Addington Park, Sunday 6 June 2004 - Tawhid Qureshi

Dodgers v St Andrews, Addington Park, Sunday 6 June 2004 - the spectacularly undulating Addington Park Ground
Dodgers v St Andrews, Addington Park, Sunday 6 June 2004 - the spectacularly undulating Addington Park Ground

Dodgers v St Andrews, Addington Park, Sunday 6 June 2004 - Andrew Crawford (again)
Dodgers v St Andrews, Addington Park, Sunday 6 June 2004 - Andrew Crawford (again)

04 June 2004

It's a red-inker!

Season 2004 batting stats: Innings / Not outs

McBarron 7 5
Benn 5 4
Priest 6 3
Hilary (J) 3 2
Carr 4 2
Cavanagh 1 1
Taylor 4 1
Whitrod 1 1
Luke 3 1
Matthews 3 1

Cricket in Brooklyn

"A game of cricket in New York requires more than a squared bat, white clothes and the patience of a saint.

To play its season opener, Stars United also needed a pitchfork, a rake, a roller and five hours' labor in the hot sun at Marine Park in Brooklyn. Its opening game the previous week was canceled because of uneven dirt on the elongated rectangle where the red leather ball is bounced toward the batsman..."

This is an extract from an excellent article about cricket in the USA (yes, it is getting more popular) which appeared in yesterday's New York Times. Read the full article here.

Ombudsmen over-ruled

The Dodgers' bandwagon rolled on last night with an 8 wicket victory over the Parliamentary Ombudsman. Four wickets for Qureshi, tight spells from Benn and Cooper and a promising debut for Matt Southwell helped restrict them to 104-8. In reply, a rapid retired 25 from Priest and a more sedate 25 from Taylor laid the foundations for a comfortable win, though there were a couple of worries along the way.