Retire at 25
2 runs for wide and no extra ball
Weather: Dry, sunny
Dodgers 136 for 5 (Taylor 27*, Priest 25*, Westhead 18) beat English Heritage 98 (Shimoga 3 for 18, Hilary 2 for 11, Taylor 2 for 17) by 38 runs
MoM: Taylor - 5, Niranjan - 4, Westhead - 2
Match Report by Guy Westhead
Very satisfying revenge win by the Dodgers compensating for early-season loss. Impressive all-round display with all the team contributing one way or the other.
Taylor and Hatteea started well and quickly. Hatteea got a top edge to the keeper whilst scoring at his usually fast rate (probably has highest Dodgers career strike rate currently) and was out for 11. Taylor was impressive with 5 boundaries but could have been even better with 2 periods of 6 and 7 balls respectively when he was becalmed.
Dodgers' innings faltered somewhat in mid-innings as 37-1 off 5 became 65-3 off 12 until Priest and Westhead came together for a partnership of 37 in under 4 overs. Westhead unusually outscoring Priest, scored at his fastest rate for Dodgers with 18 off 10 balls including 5 boundaries (shurely shome mishtake. Ed). Botha was particularly annoyed at being sliced twice through slips/gully area for 4. (productive shot this season lads, particularly with fast outfields!). Priest went on his usual sublime way to retirement at 25 after Westhead had been bowled. Later on Lee Senior, despite professing to be in no form, struck 14 in 11 balls including one glorious massive 6 over square leg. Par score merchants Priest and McBarron nevertheless thought our score was not enough and needed to be at least 150, if not 170, to have strong chance of victory, on a true wicket with a fast outfield.
When EHCC batted Dodgers’ new boy Niranjan Shimoga immediately took a brilliant overhead catch at mid-off (or was it mid-on?) off Hilary to dismiss Slatford for 0 and Gould nicked one to the Cat in the same over. Hilary starting with a double-wicket maiden over! For the next 6 overs or so the score mounted steadily with Lee Senior disappointingly giving away a number of boundaries although he did bowl Bedford. His analysis of 4-0-31-1 bore all the hallmarks of a typical Adey analysis although at a faster bowling pace. (can say this now that my MoM vote is in the bag from him – Ed). Shimoga bowling sort of fast left arm spin bowled Frankham. Matthews immediately indicated that he wouldn't be standing up to further deliveries. Shimoga's first over still went over 10 and EHCC were arguably handily placed at 46-3 off 8 if their lower-order batsmen could maintain the momentum.
Fortunately for Dodgers some excellent mid-innings bowling followed by Taylor, Shimoga and McBarron taking 6 wickets between them with Taylor's spinners particularly impressive and economical (after being hit for 25 off 1 over in the previous day’s match vs Weasels. Dollin pocketed a good high catch on the square leg boundary and Shimoga took a second. With 8 wickets down and only 1 more to go (EHCC having only 10 players), Quenelle returned to the crease following his earlier retirement at 25. He and Saleri put on in 30 in 4 overs from 67-7 off 16 overs, until with less than 2 overs to go and 39 needed Priest had a masterstroke moving Westhead who had had hitherto had little fielding to do short in on the legside to a position of wide long-on three quarters to the boundary and Quenelle's push for another boundary came right at him – fortunately he was able to hold on and EHCC were all out for 97.
Innings of Dodgers Taylor retired not out 27 Hatteea c wkt b Smith 11 Dollin b Smith 3 Lee P Jr c & b Griffith 6 Priest* retired not out 25 Westhead b Griffith 18 Shimoga NOT OUT 3 Lee P Sr c Wkt b Bedford 14 Hilary not out 4 __________________________________________ Sub-total 111 Extras 25 Total (for 5 wickets) 136 FoW: 1-24, 2-39, 3-65, 4-102, 5-? Bowling Memon 4-1-13-0 Smith 4-0-30-2 Saleri 4-0-16-0 Griffith 4-0-21-2 Botha 2-0-23-0 Bedford 2-0-21-1 Innings of EHCC Slatford c Shimoga b Hilary 0 Gould c Matthews b Hilary 0 Frankham b Shimoga 5 Quenelle c Westhead b Shimoga 39 Bedford b Lee P Sr 3 Botha c Shimoga b Taylor 11 Saleri not out 26 Memon c Dollin b Taylor 4 Griffith b Mc Barron 1 Smith b Shimoga 4 ________________________________________ Sub-total 83 Extras 14 Total (for 9 wickets all out) 97 FoW: 1-0, 2-0, 3-27, 4-35, 5-51 6-56, 7-58, 8-67, 9-97 Bowling Hilary 3-1-11-2 Lee P Sr 4-0-31-1 Shimoga 3.1-0-18-3 Taylor 4-0-17-2 McBarron 4-0-20-1