Dodgers v BOC

Tuesday, 11 June 1996
Dodgers v BOC

20 over game played at Lower Sydenham


BOC won the toss and elected to field

DODGERS: 94 all out (McBarron 29 NO, Westhead 12, Clarkson 11, Gibson 2-8)
BOC: 95-6 (McMannus 35 NO, Liston 21, Hilary 2-12, Atkinson 2-14)



The match began with only one half of the new opening partnership of Priest and Westhead batting with anything approaching true form (well done Guy!). Unfortunately, the batting was generally poor and it was only due to a solid innings from Phil McBarron (29 not out), ably supported by Clarkson (11) and extras that enabled Dodgers to struggle to 94 all out. Henry Hilary provided the highlight of the innings when, after claiming that he would "be lucky to hit one", promptly showed the rest of us how it should have been done by scoring 9 off the last three balls.

The bowling and fielding initially looked as if it would be up to the good standard that we are coming to expect from the Dodgers this year with Henry Hilary (2-12) again bowling superbly, supported by another good opening spell from Atkinson (2-14). However, some loose bowling and inconsistent fielding later in the BOC innings let them back into the game and McMannus (35 not out) and Liston (21) effectively saw them home with nearly three overs to spare. Highlights of Dodger’s fielding included a fine catch from Eddie Clarkson and a direct hit run out from Peter Harry (aiming at one stump), that any of the current Glamorgan side (I would say they're crap but have you seen Worcestershire's results this year....?) would have been proud of. The other point of interest was Dave Atkinson's eagerness to field at fine-leg / long-off, which defied explanation until we found out he was watching an aerobics class through the window!

Overall this was a disappointing performance and 94 was never going to enough to allow us any margin for error. Even so, there were enough signs throughout the game to show that we are more than capable of beating BOC, who just happen to be our opponents in the next two fixtures. We'll have the bastards next time!

Next week's game against London Media XV has been cancelled because of the England v Holland match (Eddie, if your leg is not better, can I have your ticket?). However, John Adey is thinking of organising some net practice on Thursday at Archbishop's Park. Can anyone who is interested contact John on GTN 271 5259 on Monday please?

Finally, Mike Fishman has asked me to say that BOC have two fixtures on 23 and 25 July which he thinks they may be short for. As they are against new opponents he is keen that BOC should put out a full side and has asked if any Dodgers would like to play. One game will be at Lower Sydenham and the other at Wandsworth Common. If anyone does want to play can they let me know and I will pass this on to Mike.