06 August 2014

Dodgers v Superstars, 05.08.14

Chiswick
20 overs (25 retirement, 2 runs for wide/no ball and no extra ball except last over)
6pm
Cloudy & dark in the end

Toss: Won by Superstars and elected to bowl first

Dodgers 153 for 3 (Hatteea 29* of 21, Shahin 26* of 16 & Shimoga (NJ) 26* of 17) Beat Superstars 124 for 8 (Hanspal 2/17, Palmer 2/25 & Shahin 1/5) by 29 runs

MOM: Shahin 4, Hatteea 3, Shimoga (NJ) 2 & Lindsey 2

Match report by Lee Sr.

The Dodgers rolled up to a somewhat arid-looking Dukes Meadow struggling to deal with a slightly odd situation – playing a dead rubber game against the auld enemy Superstars. Unlike the feeble England “professionals” at the recent FIFA shindig in Brazil, Dodgers proved more than able to stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood and cry God for Hattea, Lindsey and St Carr. A solid, whisper it routine, win meant the Ken Block trophy was claimed 3-0, although like the Australians at recent Ashes series the Dodgers were unable to actually celebrate with the original trophy – rumour has it that curator Barry won’t allow it be removed from its climate-controlled glass case in the bowels of Great Minster House. At least until Superstars win it back.

The opposition, seeking a change of fortune, opted to offer Dodgers first use on a good track with a sporty outfield, full of the kind of unusual and characterful bounce so absent from the soulless, flat swards of Lords, Old Trafford and Trent Bridge. Mohan immediately got stuck in, displaying his usual aggression. Dollin was a little more circumspect before he succumbed to Singh. After Mohan followed him, caught off a steepler, the strong middle-order powered Dodgers on with Hatteea and Shahin both retiring after a blaze of shots. Hatteea in particular demonstrated footwork so nifty that a place steering an aging former soap star around the Strictly Coming Dancing ballroom must be virtually in the bag. Shimoga (NJ) and Lindsey then put together a good partnership, albeit one disappointingly short of acrimonious running between the wickets. Two run outs finished things off; Hanspal caught short going for a cheeky second and Lindsey run out after trying to decline a run off the last ball.

Being so close to red ink would have left certain members of the Dodgers squad sobbing uncontrollably in the corner but not Lindsey, who recovered quickly to nip a threatening opening in the bud with a tidy stumping off Palmer, shortly after Hanspal had castled Spencer with a good ‘un. Two more wickets fell quickly as Hanspal repeated the same trick and Palmer and Lindsey recombined, the latter taking a smart catch. Superstars looked ENGLAND CRICKET TEAM CLICHÉ ALERT well behind the 8-ball before Kumar and Dodgers very own Anand combined to get them back in the game with some beefy smites. When both retired, Dodgers were able to reapply the brakes, first through Shimoga (NJ) and then through Lee and Shahin, the latter proving almost unplayable in the gathering gloom. With the run rate accelerating through unlikely, past improbable to finally come to rest at impossible Cap’n Carr finally came to the party and snaffled a wicket of the last ball, Dollin clinging onto one that steepled up a good six or seven feet into the night sky.

With a solid 29 run margin in the bag, Dodgers retired to the cornucopia of delights offered by the Kings School Bar to celebrate a rare clean sweep and to observe the real heroes of the day – the players on pitch C who were still going despite the fact it was not so much gloomy as night-time. Rumours that the end of the game was signalled by the umpire with the call “Over and Bedtime” are as yet unsubstantiated.

Scorecard
Dodgers CC batting
                                   R   B  DB 4s 6s     SR
Dollin       Bowled   B: Singh     8  10   5  1  0  80.00
Mohan        C: ?     B: Singh    22  21  12  4  0 104.76
Hatteea      Retired  Not out     29  21  10  4  1 138.10
Shahin       Retired  Not out     26  16   6  4  0 162.50
Lindsey      R: ?     Run out     20  20   5  1  0 100.00
Shimoga (NJ) Retired  Not out     26  17   5  4  0 152.94
Hanspal      R: ?     Run out      1   1   0  0  0 100.00
Lee Sr.               Not out      5   3   0  0  0 166.67
McBarron              Did not bat                             
Palmer                Did not bat                             
Carr                  Did not bat                             
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Sub total                        137
Extras                            16
Total    (4 wickets; 20 overs)   153 (7.65 runs per over)

Superstars CC bowling
          O  M DB   R  W     SR  Econ
Singh     4  0 12  24  2  12.00  6.00
Kumar     4  0 16  20  0   0.00  5.00
Forman    4  0  6  38  0   0.00  9.50
Varghese  4  0  9  36  0   0.00  9.00
Williams  2  0  4  11  0   0.00  5.50
Anand     2  0  3  11  0   0.00  5.50

Superstars CC batting
                                        R   B  DB 4s 6s     SR
Neal      S: Lindsey  B: Palmer        10  12   8  2  0  83.33
Spencer   Bowled      B: Hanspal        7   6   2  1  0 116.67
Falla     Bowled      B: Hanspal       12  15  10  2  0  80.00
Mir       C: Lindsey  B: Palmer         5   9   4  0  0  55.56
Anand     Retired     Not out          26  16   5  2  1 162.50
Kumar     Retired     Not out          25  21   8  1  0 119.05
Williams  LBW         B: Shimoga (NJ)   2   2   1  0  0 100.00
Singh     Bowled      B: Lee Sr.       13  17   8  0  0  76.47
Gigg      Bowled      B: Shahin         1   5   4  0  0  20.00
Forman                Not out           4   7   4  0  0  57.14
Varghese  C: Dollin   B: Carr           3   3   1  0  0 100.00
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Sub total                             108 
Extras                                 16
Total    (8 wickets; 20 overs)        124 (6.2 runs per over)

Dodgers CC bowling
             O  M  DB   R  W    SR   Econ
Hanspal      4  0  12  17  2   8.50  4.25
Palmer       4  0  11  25  2  12.50  6.25
Shimoga (NJ) 3  0   2  20  1  20.00  6.67
McBarron     3  0   3  25  0   0.00  8.33
Lee Sr.      3  0   3  16  1  16.00  5.33
Shahin       2  1   6   5  1   5.00  2.50
Carr         1  0   2   9  1   9.00  9.00

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04 August 2014

Dodgers v Weekend CC, 03.08.14


Chiswick
35 overs (50 retirement, normal rules for wide/no balls)
2pm
Bright & Sunny

Toss: Dodgers won the toss and elected to bat first

Dodgers 201 for 9 (Dollin 48, Anand 41 & McBarron 21) Beat Weekend CC 186 for 10 (Shimoga (NJ) 4/24 & Habib 2/33) by 15 runs

MOM: Shimoga (NJ) 7, Anand 2 & Dollin 2

It's the day Phil McBarron reached his 7,000th run from 308 innings and he is also the highest run scorer for Dodgers.
M   I     R  NO   Avg  HS  50s  100
McBarron 332 308 7,013 120 37.30 101*  32    1

Match report by McB:

An excellent win by Dodgers against strong opposition comprising 11 Asian regular weekend cricketers. Banished to the graveyard pitch D, Capt Carr won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Dollin and McB struggled to lay bat on ball against an opening swing bowling attack exploiting the rather uneven playing surface (the first 3 overs were maidens but no chuntering was to be heard from NJ). Gradually though Dollin found his feet and the tempo picked up and the score progressed beyond 50 at a respectable rate. The partnership was ended when McB was rather unluckily dismissed – drilling a non-trademark uppish drive straight at the cover fielder who facing a choice of catching the ball or decapitation opted for the former (unusually this was the only one of 9 Dodgers dismissals not clean bowled). During his innings McB passed the milestone of 7000 career Dodgers runs (DVD gift box sets of all his innings will be sent to Hatteea and Lee for them to enjoy over the long winter months). Dollin was dismissed just short of a well deserved 50 (cleaned up by a good very brisk nip-backer). A number of other Dodgers batters got half starts but it was left to Vijay to provide the main contribution and momentum to the second half of the innings – a well crafted innings of 41 including a towering six over long-on. With Extras contributing usefully a score of 201 for 9 off 35 overs was considered to be a good effort – the consensus being it was around 20 above par given the very long boundaries and uneven nature of the pitch.

Prem and NJ who have both played for the oppo were adamant that they were a stronger bowling than batting unit so Dodgers took to the field (after a sumptuous vegetarian sandwich buffet) with a degree of confidence and optimism. Excellent opening bowling from Anis and Vijay put the brakes on from the word go and the run rate climbed quickly. After one of the opening bats retired hurt with a muscle tear, Dodgers claimed wickets at regular intervals including a quite stunning run out of the remaining opener by Prem with a direct hit from the boundary. With half the side dismissed and the run rate climbing towards 10 an over it seemed Dodgers were home and hosed. But some lapses in both bowling and fielding and some controversial partial umpiring in respect of wides (the worst calls including some well-pitched away swingers from Prem and a ball from McB that missed leg stump by a coat of varnish) saw a shift in momentum as well as some acrimonious scenes between various players (think Shakoor Rana and Mike Gatting). A Dodgers loss would have been unjust and some excellent death bowling from NJ and Habib meant 16 were needed off the final over with 1 wicket remaining – the first ball was despatched down the throat of Vijay who took a well judged catch at long-off to seal the victory. Special mention must go to NJ who took another 4 wickets and is closing in on an astonishing 50 wickets for the season (having passed the 100 Dodgers wickets career milestone last week).

Scorecard
Dodgers CC batting
                                    R   B  DB 4s 6s     SR
Dollin†      Bowled    B: Nitesh   48  57  35  6  0  84.21
McBarron     C: Sunil  B: David    21  41  26  1  0  51.22
Naidu        Bowled    B: Nitesh   13  22  15  1  0  59.09
Qureshi      Bowled    B: Nitesh    6  16  13  0  0  37.50
Syed         Bowled    B: Ishan     0   2   2  0  0   0.00
Anand        Bowled    B: Nitesh   41  29   8  4  1 141.38
Shajib       Bowled    B: Darshan  13  10   4  1  0 130.00
Atilli       Bowled    B: Ajay      2   3   1  0  0  66.67
Habib        Bowled    B: Mukesh    9   8   1  1  0 112.50
Shimoga (NJ)           Not out      5   5   2  0  0 100.00
Carr*                  Not out      0   2   2  0  0   0.00
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Sub total                         158
Extras                             43
Total   (9 wickets; 35 overs)     201 (5.74 runs per over)

Weekend CC bowling
          O  M DB   R  W     SR  Econ
Jaspreet  5  2 23  15  0   0.00  3.00
Mukesh    5  1 22  12  1  12.00  2.40
Sharmi    3  0  5  27  0   0.00  9.00
Ganesh    3  0  9  18  0   0.00  6.00
David     3  0  9  23  1  23.00  7.67
Sunil     3  0  9  19  0   0.00  6.33
Nitesh    5  1 18  19  4   4.75  3.80
Ishan     3  0 12  10  1  10.00  3.33
Darshan   2  0  3  17  1  17.00  8.50
Ajay      3  3  0  26  1  26.00  8.67

Weekend CC batting
                                            R   B  DB 4s 6s     SR
Ishan     R: Naidu        Run out          35  66  40  2  0  53.03
Ajay                      Not out          16  34  23  0  0  47.06
Ranveer   R: Shimoga (NJ) Run out           4   5   1  0  0  80.00
Darshan   LBW             B: Shimoga (NJ)   2   4   2  0  0  50.00
Nitesh    C: Atilli       B: Shimoga (NJ)  12  13   7  1  0  92.31
Sunil     Bowled          B: Habib         29  35  20  4  0  82.86
Jaspreet  R: Shimoga (NJ) Not out          11   8   2  1  0 137.50
Ganesh    R: ?            Run out          29  25  10  4  0 116.00
David     C: Anand        B: Habib         13  10   3  2  0 130.00
Sharmi                    B: Shimoga (NJ)   1   3   2  0  0  33.33
Mukesh                    B: Shimoga (NJ)   6  10   0  0  0  60.00
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Sub total                                 158 
Extras                                     28
Total  (10 wickets; 34.1 overs)           186 (5.29 runs per over)

Dodgers CC bowling
               O  M  DB   R  W     SR  Econ
Anis           7  0  24  26  0   0.00  3.71
Anand          7  0  22  29  0   0.00  4.14
Shimoga (NJ)   7  2  27  23  4   5.75  3.29
Habib        6.1     12  35  2  17.50  5.68
Shajib         3  1   7  26  0   0.00  8.67
Naidu          3  0   6  24  0   0.00  8.00
McBarron       1  0   0  12  0   0.00 12.00

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Dodgers v Tilberg Regents, 30.07.14

Belair Park
20 overs (25 retirement, 2 runs for wide/no ball and no extra ball except last over)
6pm
Bright & Sunny

Toss: Dodgers only had 6 to start with so by agreement batted first

Dodgers 158 for 4 (Shimoga (NJ) 28* of 18, Dollin 27* of 23 & Carr 19* of 19) Beat Tilberg regents 142 for 6 (Sultan 2/14, Shimoga (NJ) 1/10 & Khalid 1/30) of 19 & Khalid 26* of 31) by 1 run

MOM: Shimoga (NJ) 5, Carr 2, Khalid 2, Sultan 1 & Dollin 1

Dodgers were only 6 to start with at 6pm as 5 players delayed few working late and few coming from another afternoon game from Malden. Finally had our 11 by 7pm, we did well in getting 11 after 4 dropouts on the day, thanks to Dollin.

By agreement Dodgers batted first on an unpredictable Belair Park wicket with the small boundaries and put up a decent score. Tilberg started very strongly reaching 70 in 8 overs, thought they would finish the game in 15th overs. Then the main bowlers Shimoga (NJ) & Sultan entered and runs started drying up, in the end they needed 30 runs of 4 overs and managed to get only 14 runs. Dodgers needed this winning boost after the shambles in Sunday & Tuesday games.

Scorecard
Dodgers CC batting
                                     R  B DB 4s 6s     SR
Dollin†       Retired  Not out      27 23 13  4  1 117.39
Mohan         Bowled   B: Yates     19 16  9  4  0 118.75
Malins        Caught   B: Yates      7  6  3  1  0 116.67
Sultan        Caught   B: Payne      8 16 11  1  0  50.00
Falla         Caught   B: Yates     18  9  2  2  1 200.00
Shimoga (NJ)  Retired  Not out      28 18  6  4  1 155.56
Carr*                  Not out      19 19 13  3  0 100.00
Khalid                 Not out       2  6  4  0  0  33.33
Shaigan                Did not bat 
Walmsley               Did not bat   
Spencer                Did not bat 
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Sub total                          127
Extras                              30
Total   (4 wickets; 20 overs)      158 (7.9 runs per over)

Tilberg Regents CC bowling
        O  M DB   R  W     SR  Econ
Lee     4  0 10  26  0   0.00  6.50
Turner  4  0 12  24  0   0.00  6.00
Bell    2  0  3  27  0   0.00 13.50
Yates   4  0 11  20  3   6.67  5.00
Taylor  3  0  8  30  0   0.00 10.00
Payne   3  1  1  19  1  19.00  6.33

Tilberg Regents CC batting
                                           R 4s 6s
Thompson  Retired         Not out         28  2  2
Wainright Bowled          B: Shaigan      14  3  0
Taylor    R: Sultan       Run out         11  2  0
Dowd      Bowled          B: Sultan       13  0  1
Yates     Retired         Not out         26  2  2
Bell      C: Walmsley     B: Khalid        0  0  0
Lee                       Not out         14  2  0
Turner    Bowled          B: Shimoga (NJ)  5  0  0
Sowrey    C: Shimoga (NJ) B: Sultan        2  0  0
Payne                     Not out          2  0  0
?                         Did not bat
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Sub total                                115 
Extras                                    27
Total  (6 wickets; 20 overs)             142 (7.1 runs per over)

Dodgers CC bowling
             O  M  DB   R  W     SR  Econ
Shaigan      4  0  10  34  1  34.00  8.50
Walmsley     3  0   5  25  0   0.00  8.33
Spencer      1  0   2  16  0   0.00 16.00
Khalid       4  0  10  30  1  30.00  7.50
Shimoga (NJ) 4  1  15  10  1  10.00  2.50
Sultan       4  0  13  14  2   7.00  3.50

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Dodgers v Battersea Imperials, 29.07.14

Chiswick
20 overs (25 retirement, 2 runs for wide/no ball and no extra ball except last over)
6pm
Bright & Sunny

Toss: Won by Battersea Imperials and elected to bat first

Battersea Imperials 159 for 9 (Shimoga (NJ)* 5/17 & Anand 3/17) Beat Dodgers 92 for 10 (McBarron 21, Mohan 16 & Wahi 15) by 67 run

MOM: Shimoga (NJ) 9, Anand 1 & McBarron 1

This is the day Niranjan Shimoga (NJ) passed the milestone of 100 career Dodgers wickets and he has reached it in a very short time.

Scorecard
Battersea Imperials batting
                                      R   B  DB 4s 6s     SR
Ammad†   C: ?       B: Anand         19  11   4  4  0  172.73
Suraj    C: Hanspal B: Shimoga (NJ)* 14  19   9  1  0   73.68
Shaigan             Not out          27  12   4  1  3  225.00
Abu      Bowled     B: Shimoga (NJ)*  0   2   2  0  0    0.00
Khalid*  LBW        B: Shimoga (NJ)*  3  13   9  0  0   23.08
Obaid    C: Hilary  B: Zaheer        11  14   6  3  1   78.57
Ajmal    Bowled     B: Shimoga (NJ)* 25  15   5  3  1  166.67
Imran    S: Wahi†   B: Shimoga (NJ)* 26  16   5  4  0  162.50
Arsalan  LBW        B: Anand          0   2   2  0  0    0.00
Michael  Bowled     B: Anand          5   3   1  1  0  166.67
Kartik              Not out           2   5   3  0  0   40.00
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Sub total                           132
Extras                               27
Total   (9 wickets; 20 overs)       159 (7.95 runs per over)

Dodgers CC bowling
              O  M   R  W    SR   Econ
Anand         4  0  17  3   5.67  4.25
Hilary        3  0  40  0   0.00 13.33
Naidu         4  0  46  0   0.00 11.50
Hanspal       4  0  26  1  26.00  6.50
Shimoga (NJ)* 4  0  17  4   4.25  4.25
Zaheer        1  0   9  0   0.00  9.00

Dodgers CC batting
                                  R   B  DB 4s 6s     SR
Wahi†         LBW     B: Imran   15  18  10  2  0  83.33
Mohan         Bowled  B: Obaid   16  19   9  3  0  84.21
McBarron      Run out            21  21   7  2  0 100.00
Zaheer        Run out             2   8   6  0  0  25.00
Anand         Bowled  B: Khalid   4   2   1  1  0 200.00
Westhead      Bowled  B: Obaid    0   2   2  0  0   0.00
Hanspal       Caught  B: Abu      7  11   8  1  0  63.64
Yash          Bowled  B: Abu      6  12   7  0  0  50.00
Shimoga (NJ)* Caught  B: Abu      2   4   3  0  0  50.00
Naidu                 Not out     0   0   0  0  0   0.00
Hilary        Caught  B: Abu      0   2   2  0  0   0.00           
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Sub total                        73
Extras                           19
Total   (10 wickets; 17 overs)   92 (5.41 runs per over)

Battersea Imperials bowling
           O  M   R  W     SR  Econ
Imran      3  0  13  1  13.00  4.33
Michael    2  0  17  0   0.00  8.50
Obaid      4  0  15  2   7.50  3.75
Khalid*    4  1  21  1  21.00  5.25
Ajmal      2  0   8  0   0.00  4.00
Abu        2  0   4  4   1.00  2.00

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