T20 reduced to 18 overs a side
Dodgers 90 for 1 (Dollin 31, Hatteea 31) beat Superstars 89 for 8 (Fox 4 for 17, Ford 2 for 27, Cousins 1 for 6) by 9 wickets
MoM votes = Fox 7.5, Cousins 2.5, Matthews 1
Match report: JH
An emphatic win over old rivals the Rats provided a pleasant end to the Dodgers 2011 season. Having been asked to bowl, our pace attack restricted them from the start. Cousins rounded off this chapter of his Dodgers career with the controlled parsimony that we have come to expect of him, and showed just what we will be missing next season when he is on the other side of the planet. Ford recovered from some early tonking to capture the wickets of both openers. Hilary and McBarron bowled tidily enough, but it was the injection of Rob Fox into the attack that really put paid to the Rats' chances, as his 4 for 17 earned him a well deserved man of the match.
Our batting line-up had strength in depth, but in the absence of the retire-at-25 rule, only three were required. Taylor and Dollin kept up with the rate right from the off until Matt was bowled trying to work one to leg. Hatteea took his place and pushed on swiftly, with a cracking square cut to the boundary followed by an even more exquisite straight drive to long off. Not to be outdone, Dollin lifted a delightful six over long extra cover to hasten Dodgers to an easy victory. We passed the required total at a canter, with more than three overs to spare.
Many jugs of ale and lager followed (plus free ginger beer courtesy of the bar) as Dodgers looked back over a season that had started well, stuttered later and perked up right at the end. We will hand over the Ken Block trophy to Superstars in light of their two earlier victories against us, but we will return next year a more experienced, battle-hardened squad.
Superstars innings Gaught c Matthews b Ford 4 Conway b Ford 10 Aranha b Cousins 0 Owen b Fox 11 Gautan b Fox 30 Gigg c Matthews b Fox 3 Moxon not out 13 Marchant c Taylor b Fox 3 Duggan run out 1 Varghese not out 2 _____________________________________ Sub-total 77 Extras 12 Total (8 wkts, 20 overs) 89 Dodgers bowling Cousins 4-1-6-1 Ford 4-0-27-2 Hilary 4-0-25-0 Fox 4-0-17-4 McBarron 2-0-11-0 Dodgers innings Taylor b Varghese 13 Dollin not out 31 Hatteea not out 31 ____________________________________ Sub-total 75 Extras 15 Total (1 wkt, 15.1 overs) 90 FoW: 22 [2nd wicket stand of 78] DNB: Carr, Fox, Priest, McBarron, Hilary, Ford, Cousins, Matthews Superstars bowling Varghese 4-0-19-1 Moxon 4-0-19-0 Marchant 3-0-24-0 Conway 2-0-6-0 Gautan 1.1-0-9-0 Duggan 1-0-10-0