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

DB - Dot Balls

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