29 July 2004

Constitutional

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.

22 July 2004

21 July 2004

Sports Day - 23 July

We are entering 2 teams (6-a-side, max 7 in each squad) in this year's Sports Day at the Civil Service Sports Ground, Chiswick:

Dodgers: Priest, Cousins*, Luke*, McBarron, Hilary, Carr, Taylor^
^ - available from 2nd game only
* - awaiting confirmation they are available for 12 noon start

Codgers: Cooper, Adey, Jacobs, Leach, Matthews, Westhead

Timetable

There is a Round Robin 'Group of Four' format this year which guarantees 3 games for each team.

Group A, Chiswick Ground

12.00 Dodgers v SRA
14.25 Dodgers v Broadway FLC
16.05 Dodgers v Adverse Weather

Group B, Fullers Ground

12.45 Codgers v SRA
14.25 Codgers v Superstars
15.20 Codgers v Excellence in Delivery

Final is at 17.00 on the Chiswick Ground

20 July 2004

Catches win matches

It's an old adage, but it certainly rung true tonight as Dodgers were beaten for only the second time this season by "Dealers" at a new venue, the Barn Elms Centre in Barnes.

It had all looked so different as Cap'n Carr began an assault on the Dealers' erratic early bowling.  After 6 overs JC had bludgeoned 31 out of our 44-0.  Then it all went horribly wrong.  JC went first, followed rapidly by McB for a third ball duck, both to good catches.  Westhead soon followed to another good catch, this time at long on, before Hilary and Matthews staged a recovery.  John made his usual rapid 20 then got out - guess how! - and Crawford added 11 before being err... well you can guess that one too.  The Cat had smeared his way into double figures before being run out in a hopeless last over as we struggled to 110-8, which didn't look enough on a spongy but perfectly playable track.

In reply, the Dodgers bowlers struggled throughout.  The "Chiswick length" simply wasn't full enough and the ball often sat up and got the treatment.  The Johns Hilary and Cooper - so reliable on a normal day - were particularly severely dealt with.  To be fair, the Dealers were no mugs with the bat and despite the loss of an opener early on, never looked in much trouble.  Dropped catches didn't help, with about half a dozen chances hitting the deck as the innings wore on.  A couple of wickets for Matt Southwell were merely a consolation as we lost in the 19th over.

19 July 2004

Player of the Month / Season

Now that Guy has coughed up the missing votes I am pleased to announce that congratulations are in order for Tawhid who is the unofficial Dodgers Player of the Month for June. That voting in full:

Qureshi     13

Taylor 12
Cooper 10
Benn 5
Priest 3
McBarron 2
Southwell 2
Birch 1
Hilary (J) 1
Luke 1
Pope 1


The latest running in the Player of the Season is as follows:

Taylor      26

Matthews 17
Qureshi 13
Cooper 10
Cousins 10
Hilary (J) 10
Benn 9
Cavanagh 9
McBarron 8
Luke 7
Pope 7
Crawford 6
Carr 5
Priest 4
Southwell 2
Birch 1
Streatfeild 1


[includes all matches up to and including Superstars 13.07.04]

16 July 2004

Dodgers v Dealers - Tuesday 20 July (6pm)

The team is:

Benn
Carr
Cooper
Crawford
Hilary
Matthews
McBarron
Pope
Southwell
Taylor
Westhead

12th man: Qureshi

The match is at Barn Elms Sports Centre.

Directions: Walk or bus from Barnes station (not Barnes Bridge) or bus from Hammersmith (longer and subject to traffic delays)

Map to Barn Elms ground (entry on Queen Elizabeth Walk)

Buses to Queen Elizabeth Walk:

- from Barnes Station - routes 33 and 72 - see map [pdf download]
- from Hammersmith - routes 33, 72, 209, and 283 (Journeys to Barnes Wetland Centre) see map [pdf download]

By bike:

The nicest (and easiest) way to get there, for those with two wheels, is to cycle along the river from south side of Putney Bridge, cutting left when you reach the signed path to the Wetlands Centre, and then left again into the ground after about 400 yards.

Thanks to Andrew and JH for the directions.

14 July 2004

It doesn't get any better than this

Dodgers beat Superstars last night by 10 wickets to wrap up the series in convincing fashion. Batting first, the Rats got of a brisk start with Conway and Rai in good form. When the former was dropped by Taylor old heads were muttering "not again", but Simon Cousins soon picked up some reward for a level-headed spell by bowling him. The left armers brought some control back, with Benn picking up two wickets thanks to excellent catches by Cousins and Cat. Alex Luke weighed in with his normal two-for and a much-improved return from Crawford kept them to 125. We had not fielded especially well, with Luke as usual suffering from dropped catches, but a good run out by Cousins and decent ground work left us well satisfied at the interval.

The Dodgers reply started steadily, but with the openers out of the attack Priest and Taylor played with increased confidence. A couple of huge overs in mid-innings reduced the target significantly and we could even afford to let McB bat at three when Matt retired for a great 50, eventually wrapping it up in the 19th over. We were never really threatended with Priest (47no) a rock and only one chance given when Taylor was spilled by Carter from a skier.

What a win! We didn't need: eleven men; to win the toss; the 20th over; a third batsman; a sixth bowler; to hold many catches; to leave Stevie Carter in; decent light; fit openers; or any favourable umpiring decisions. If we had had some of those then it might have been really embarrassing for them...

12 July 2004

The Return of Stat Attack

Full scorecards and summary match reports now available in Fixtures and Results. The Statistics section has also been updated. It's good for matches up to Science Museum on 1 July. Thanks to the Cat for transcribing the scorebook and to California for 10 days of sunshine.

09 July 2004

We woz robbed... of the sausages

Pouring rain at 4pm lead to Science Museum cancelling our return fixture yesterday evening. A shame since it was dry - and at times even sunny - all evening! I for one didn't miss the al-fresco changing but what happened to the sausages....?

02 July 2004

Dodgers back on winning track

Dodgers recorded another victory last night against Science Museum at Parsons Green. Pre-match drinks in the White Horse pub on the Green were followed by al-fresco changing and a debate about which pitch to use, neither looking much better than Croydon. Winning the toss, Science Museum opted to bat. Scoring was always going to be difficult in the long grass and we kept them down to 55, best bowling was Crawford with 3 for 10, well supported by Benn, Luke, Hilary, McBarron (showing some venom from recent net practice on a cruise ship) and Priest who all took wickets. Only Alex Luke was expensive going for 25 runs, but taking the strangest wicket of the night. Hitting the batsman full toss on the foot, the ball flipped up and was well held by Priest at slip. Luke gave a half hearted appeal, the batsman stood his ground on the assumption the appeal was for a catch saying the ball hit his foot, so their umpire gave him out LBW.

56 to win looked easy on paper and JC, kindly umpiring again, agreed to stay on rather than go to the pub early to watch the football as he thought the game would be over in 8 overs. How wrong - the winning runs didn't come until the 17th over! Taylor and Westhead opened, to be followed by Priest, Matthews and McBarron. Scoring was tortuously slow, against some good bowling from Science Museum. Only "Man of the Match" Matthews was successful by swinging the bat, top scoring with 18 not out.

Following further al-fresco changing, we adjourned to the Duke of Cumberland for the all usual sausages, chips and sarnies - the real reason for playing. Did anyone else think there weren't as many sausages this year? Anyway, we're back there next week for a return match - those of you who missed out should sign up to play now.

MoM: Kim Matthews 7 votes, Andrew Crawford 3 votes. Thanks to JC for umpiring and Jude for scoring.

Detailed scorecard will no doubt follow soon.

Must be the smell of them sausages...

Dodgers completed their most comfortable win of the season last night against Science Museum. Science won the toss and batted on a flat pitch, marred only by a few hundred divots and a metal post driven into the turf. [I kid you not - it was on a length as well.]

After 8 overs their innings was in tatters, with Benn (1-4) and Crawford (3-10 - one a great catch by Matt Taylor) doing the business. This was followed swiftly by Hilary (2-7) and the slightly less accurate Luke (1-24). With Priest and McB also grabbing cheap wickets, Science's total of 55 didn't really look all that competitive.

And so it proved, though we made heavy weather of it. Taylor played a couple of confident shots before playing across a grubber and Westhead soon followed. Priest survived a chance to fly slip and a close LBW shout before falling to their spinner (figures of 4-2-2-1) before the Cat took charge, smashing three boundaries in his unbeaten 18 as we crept home with 4 overs to spare.