Dodgers won the toss and elected to bat
6pm start, 20 overs, 4 overs max per bowler, retire at 25, 10 overs from each end
Umpires: Pope, Fox
The first match of the season took place on a typically dark and gloomy early May night at the Civil Service Sports Ground, Chiswick. Also, running to form, we started 20 minutes late.
JC won the toss and elected to bat on the basis that it would be marginally preferable to field rather than bat when it got really dark later on. The decision looked to be a good one as openers Neil Priest and new recruit Rob Cooper (from TQ's other team) steadily put on runs before Rob (13) was bowled by Whalley.
Our second new recruit of the night, Pete Lee (no relation), stepped up and after a few sighters proceeded to smack it everywhere including three fours in four balls at one point. The retire-at-25 rule saw Pete depart undefeated on 27 minutes after Neil had also notched up another red-inker on 25.
This meant two new batsmen in the form of Phil McBarron (20*) and Guy Westhead (15). Fortunately this didn't disrupt the pace of the innings as they both scored at around a run ball before Guy was bowled by the returning Whalley, bring in John Carr.
JC (5) was given out in dubious circumstances caught behind to leave Rob Fox to come in for his obligatory not out (4*).
The Dodgers total was 125.
Following the change around John Cooper opened the bowling and found the edge a couple of times but found no luck. Rob Fox opened at the other end* and eventually had opener Bigham out caught and bowled for 21. The other three of the MoJ top four (Smith, Hutchison and Cason) bats would all go on to retired 25's.
Change bowlers Will Streatfeild and Rob Cooper had varying success. Will's pace was undenied but his line was wayward and a few wides at 2 runs a piece were clocked up. Rob Cooper also showed pace and swing and was unlucky not to get a wicket.
5th change David Pope was severely attacked and went for 28 of only 2 overs which left Dodgers under a bit of pressure. Streatfeild returned for a second spell and reduced his pace and his bowling improved a great deal. McBarron bowled at the death and was immediately rewarded with a wicket courtesy of a skier which was caught by John Cooper at cover.
MoJ reached their required total of 126 with two overs to spare and won by 8 wickets.
Man of the Match: Lee (Pete, RAIL) - 5, Cooper R - 4, McBarron - 1, Priest - 1
|Innings of Dodgers||Runs||Balls||S/R||Mins|
|Lee (Pete - RAIL)||not out||27||20||135.00||23|
|Did not bat: Streatfeild, Cooper, Matthews, Pope|
Fall of wicket: 1-30 (Cooper R 13), 2-102 (Westhead 15)
3-121 (Carr 5)
|Bowling of MoJ||O||M||R||W|
|Innings of MoJ||Runs||Balls||S/R||Mins|
|Smith J||Not out||25|
|Bigham||c & b||Fox||21|
|Hoare||Cooper J||b McBarron||3|
|Did not bat: Goodwin, Page, Appavod|
|Bowling of Dodgers||O||M||R||W|
(Overs 1-4) . . 2 1 . 1 | 1 1 4 . . . | . 4 2 . 1 . | . 1 2 . 1 1
(Overs 5-8) 2 1 . 4 . . | 1 . W . . . | . . 2 . . 4 | . 4 . 4 4 .
(Overs 9-12) 2 2 1 2 1 . | . 4 . 2 . . | 1 3 1 . w2 1 | w2 . . 1 4 w2
(Overs 13-16) . 1 . . 1 . | 2 . w2 . 1 | . 2 nb6 1 w2 1 | 4 . W . . .
(Overs 17-20) w2 . 1 1 1 | 2 1 . w2 . . | 1 . . . 4 . | . 4 1 W 4 .