06 September 2005

Player Profile - Neil Priest

Priest and Carr looking to better times for DodgersPriesty has been the side's premier batsman since our inception and is the only regular player to score a ton - including one in a 20-over game.

Belligerence is his byword and he gives his wicket away about as often as Benn gives money to charity.

Famous for decrepit kit and putting on more weight than his missus during her pregnancy, Neil has deputised for Cap'n Carr for the past few seasons, mainly to give him an excuse to stand at slip for the entire match.

A rare bowler these days, Neil bowls left arm spin at about twice the pace of our main seamers. Rumoured to have been a better player when he still smoked.

Vice-Captain Neil enjoyed a fine season in 2004, scoring the most runs and finishing top of the batting averages. Despite an absence of many major scores, Priesty scored consistently and had very few failures. Continues to hone in on Inzaman's world record for the highest aggregate number of hours spent standing motionless at slip, aided and abetted by Captain Carr.



Neil Priest 2006


O M R W SR Avg Econ

3.2 0 25 0 7.51


M I R NO Avg HS Ct St

15 15 350 8 50.00 50 2 1

Player Profile - Phil McBarron

McB in full-on attacking mode...McB is the archetypal Yorkshire opening bat - stubborn, mean, technically proficient, arrogant and wouldn't score quickly unless you paid him in beer.

Rightly famed for his ability to score singles off the last ball of every over and never running more than he absolutely has to, Phil has been a fixture in the Dodgers set-up since our birth. Formerly a key member of the seam attack, his advancing years have restricted him to serving up the occasional handful of pies when we're desperate.

He's an excellent close-to-the-wicket catcher, but woe betide you if you think he's going to chase anything the trickles off the square...

Dodgers most popular player (Que? Ed.) had a bit of a resurgence this season with the bat and the ball.


McBarron's stats 2006
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Batting
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M I R NO Avg HS Ct St
17 16 355 4 29.58 77 1 0
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Bowling
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O M R W SR Avg Econ
36.2 4 167 12 18.17 13.92 4.60

Player Profile - John Carr



The legend that is JC. Managed a few decent knocks and captained the side with his usual aplomb. Became was third Dodger to pass 1,000 career runs during the season is now just 92 wickets away from the Holy Grail. Likes an ale and will only drink lager if there is no proper beer, spirits, petrol or distilled urine.


Carr's stats 2006
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Batting
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M I R NO Avg HS Ct St

12 9 97 2 13.86 33 1 0
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Bowling
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O M R W SR Avg Econ

2 0 10 2 6.00 5.00 5.00

05 September 2005

Final Season 2005 Averages

The season is over and the final stats are in. The final batting, bowling and fielding figures are here on the front page, soon to be followed with a full update in the Statistics section including the long-awaited All Time Averages update.

Pressure cricket

Dodgers' season ended with a hard-fought draw at Buckhurst Hill yesterday. In reply to their 182-4 we were clinging on at 128-8 when time ran out. Full report from Simon Cousins to follow.

02 September 2005

Bad result, bad taste

Dodgers suffered a 22-run defeat to Superstars yesterday, leaving the series tied at 2-2 for the year [unless you count sports day and discount the silly game in May when we hardly had any players, of course. That would be 3-1 to us]. Two-all is the finest outcome for Superstars in recent memory – a welcome shot-in-the-arm for the struggling state-funded outfit.

Captain Priest won the toss and we went out to field with some confidence on a very flat-looking deck. This confidence didn’t look misplaced as Simon Cousins swung one to bowl Conway with score at 13 and, despite an innocuous spell from Benn at the other end, the Rats’ usual blistering start never materialised. Rod Paterson – who had become an uncle that day – was pawing at the ground waiting to get on and didn’t disappoint when a full ball bowled Gaught. But wait! Umpire Conway had ruled that the ball had passed the batsman above waist height (and he’s a tall lad) then dipped down at pace by about 45 degrees before hitting the stumps. This ludicrous decision shocked and angered the Dodgers players and will leave a bad taste in the mouth for some time to come.

Fortunately, Gaught’s reprieve wasn’t a long one and he nicked a ball behind off Cousins in the next over to leave the Rats 72-2 in the thirteenth and give Simon creditable figures of 7-0-32-2 from yet another dangerous spell. Replacing him, Robert Fox was on target from the off before having danger-man Walker well caught by Hilary at deep mid-off and when Paterson bowled Gigg and Whitrod the Tomatoheads were under the cosh at 94-5.

Gundry and Mountain began the repair work slowly, but then accelerated rapidly against Cooper – again bowling at the wrong time – and Alex De Groote. John's luck is so bad these days that he had not one but two (difficult) chances dropped by McB. Both went for six. The late entry of Hilary into the attack accounted for both batsmen, but their stand of 85 in just 11 overs had done serious damage and allowed the Rats to reach a very challenging 204-7 in their 35 overs.

McBarron and Hilary began our reply brightly, with in-form McB particularly fluent, until John on 25 tried to loft Paresh Tailor over long on for a second consecutive boundary only to find they’d put a fielder there in between deliveries. Priest was struggling to time the ball but was showing signs of settling in on 17 before a swinging ball from Mountain reached his stumps via bat and pads to leave us 96-2. This triggered a horrific collapse.

De Groote shuffled across and was given LBW to Mountain for 1 (103-4); McBarron got caught in two minds before chipping a simple return catch to Tailor for a fine 47 (103-4); Paterson attempted an ambitious pull over mid-wicket to be bowled by Tailor for 2 (105-5); before Fox played across a straight one from Mountain for a duck (105-6). In all, five wickets had gone for nine in 14 balls – and that included four wides and a bye!

Pacemen Benn and Cousins then embarked on a spirited stand of 67 in 11 overs to restore some respectability to the score. Starting slowly, they began to play with more freedom and ran exceptionally hard without every really threatening victory. The stand was broken when Benn on 38 tried to hoist Patten over long off and was stumped leaving John Cooper to crash a final boundary off Gundry as we ended up at 182-8 with Cousins 21 not out.

This was a difficult game to assess. Superstars certainly deserved to win, but the game was there for the taking when we had them 94-5 before some fine batting gave them the edge at half time. Our reply was in touch before the middle order disintegrated and we perhaps did well to get so close with no players of the calibre of Gundry and Mountain to come in late-on.

Aside from the Gaught incident, the game was not played in the best of spirits, with umpire Priest subjected to some totally unnecessary verbals from several players when he turned down the umpteenth speculative appeal. Let’s hope for calmer waters next year.

Bowling: Cousins 7-0-32-2; Benn 6-0-35-0; Paterson 7-1-34-2; Fox 6-1-25-1; Cooper 4-0-34-0; De Groote 3-0-24-0; Hilary 2-0-16-2.