27 May 2005

Still delicately poised

Unfortunately, last night's scheduled match between Dodgers and our arch-rivals the Superstars had to be cancelled, Dodgers only having seven capped players available at the start time. Instead, a Dodgers Representative X played the Tomatoheads in an exhibition game.

Winning the toss, stand-in skipper Priest chose to bat and opened with himself and David Patterson. Having narrowly avoided the strike on a number of occasions, David was forced to face a baptism of fire against Messrs Gundry and Taylor. He didn't last long, but rather longer than Qureshi (bowled, 0) or Benn (stumped, 0) as the Representative X struggled at less than three per over.

Things didn't get much better either. Superstar stand-in Rhys Thomas made three before John Hilary seemed like a rabbit caught in the proverbial headlights in making an uncharacteristically scratchy nine. A few lusty blows from McB and the Cat saw us finish on a horribly-inadequate 69 for five - 36* to Priest. The Representative team's hopes were raised briefly when Abigail slapped Benn's third ball to Patterson at point, but there was precious little to cheer after that despite tight spells from Benn (1-5) and Cooper, who picked up the only other wicket to fall with 1-13.

The Rats' batting was simply too strong, despite the tricky pitch, and they ran out comfortable winners with just under three overs to spare, the winning runs being a beautifully-timed six over long off.

So the series remains delicately poised at 0-0 with real business of the summer still to come.

2 comments:

Neil said...

I should have added our thanks to Messrs Qureshi and McBarron for their commitment to the team by turning up last night. For legal reasons I cannot name the player who cried off "injured" by text message five minutes before the scheduled start...

John said...

MoM votes: Benn (3), Priest (N) (3), Matthews (2), Priest (S) (1); Match report inc scorecard now available here