Cloudy but bright
Dodgers 101 for 7 (Marsh 25*, Matthews 13*) lost to KAI Dragons 148 for 2 by 47 runs
MoM votes = Marsh 6, Matthews 5
Match report: JH
The season's second defeat came hot on the heels of the first, and in even more comprehensive fashion. Having been put in to bat, the Dragons set about the Dodgers bowling with murderous intent from the start, smacking anything wide to the boundary and taking singles off every other delivery. Worse still was their contemptuous habit of regularly running two when the ball went straight to a Dodgers fielder - and not just those in the deep. This was an object lesson in how to set a competitive total from the outset, and even if a couple of plumb LBW calls had gone our way, it would have done little to stem the flow of runs.
The Dodgers response was strangled at birth, largely due to the exceptional bowling of the Dragons opener Kotecha (4-2-13-6). New blood Dawes showed exemplary sportsmanship by walking to a fine edge, while TQ stood immobile in disbelief at being bowled off his own box. McB and Prem came and went, leaving Marsh, Gray and Hilary to restore some Dodgers pride with a bout of hard hitting. The best was left til last, however, as the Cat posted an unbeaten 13 to close out our innings in style, if not in victory.
Scorecard KAI Dragons innings Mayo retd 28 Whitehead retd 26 Jones b Hilary 13 Johal retd 26 Sampat retd 25 Collis not out 6 Hilson b Shimoga 7 Kotecha not out 0 ___________________________________________ Sub-total 131 Extras 17 Total (2 wkts, 20 overs) 148 Dodgers bowling Gray 4-0-20-0 Naidu 4-0-40-0 Marsh 4-0-28-0 Hilary 4-0-26-1 Shimoga 4-0-22-1 Dodgers innings Dawes c Kotecha 2 Dollin c Hill 12 Qureshi b Kotecha 1 McBarron c Kotecha 0 Shimoga b Kotecha 9 Marsh retd 25 Gray b Kotecha 12 Hilary not out 16 Naidu lbw Kotecha 0 Matthews (w) not out 13 ___________________________________________ Sub-total 90 Extras 11 Total (7 wkts, 20 overs) 101 dnb = Carr (c) English Heritage bowling Kotecha 4-2-13-6 Darmi 3-0-18-0 Hill 4-0-23-1 Hilton 4-0-21-0 Southworth 3-0-10-0 Collis 2-0-7-0