Dodgers v ORR

16 JULY 1997


Dodgers lost the toss and batted.

Dodgers man of the match - John ("I'm fucking knackered") Carr

In the equivalent fixture last year we lost by 10 wickets, so only losing by 1 was a vast improvement. The result was still a major disappointment because we really should have won.

We batted first and made a slow start. Out of form Priest was bowled when he managed to york himself going down the wicket to crappy donkey drop bowler Brennan. Clarkson still basking in the glory of his early season 70 is now back to his usual technically devoid form playing no stroke to several offside deliveries. He was out to the excellent Chaudhry after a slanging match with McBarron over running between the wickets. Thank God I didn't have to give him out lbw. Our score became respectable due to good innings by McBarron, Carr and Westhead. Dodgers man of the match Carr played especially well despite running out of breath towards the end (give up the fags and booze John).

Once again we couldn’t manage to dismiss Peter Murphy (who plays for Woking in the Surrey League). He was dropped a few times, including twice by Guy Westhead, the first was quite easy, the second a skier on the boundary which hurt his hand (teach him to drop the first one !). In the end we simply tried to get the rest of their team out before Murphy could get the runs. Despite some good accurate bowling from McBarron at the end we just failed to win.

My stint as Captain is now over (thank God you cry !) and Phil McB is in charge for the next game on 28 July (the 23 July fixture against DNS was cancelled ‘cause the arseholes forgot to book a pitch). For those of you who don’t know, we also lost the 8 July fixture due to rain.

Coming events

Pissed Dodgers Day - venue: the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, Friday 8th August all afternoon (contact McB for details).

Another chance to spot a pissed Dodger is in the Royal Oak on 6th August. This is the last day before the Oak closes for several weeks for refurbishment. Sadly, fellow Dodger, landlord Ian Wadhams and his wonderful partner Val (does this qualify me for a free pint ?) will not be returning when the pub reopens. So all please come along to say farewell and to drink the place dry!

Quote of the week: "I have a bat and I know how to use it" - Sian Brown scaring the Royal Oak Friday night crowd shitless.

MATCH REPORT - by John Adey


N Priest b Brennan 6
P McBarron st Bullman b Kerrigan 33
E Clarkson c& b Chaudhry 8
A Crawford c Murphy b Cooke 3
J Carr c& b Murphy 41
G Westhead not out 15
†K Matthews not out 3
Extras (w 8, nb5, lb 2) 15
Total (for 5 wkts) 124

Chaudhry 4 0 11 1
Brennan 2 0 14 1
Cooke 2 0 19 1
Fielding 2 0 18 0
Kerrigan 3 0 24 1
Murphy 4 0 17 1
Bullman 3 0 19 0


M Chaudhry b Adey 5
*P Murphy not out 68
J Kerrigan b Adey 0
P Smith b Sharp 0
†R Bullman b Atkinson 31
Fielding c Matthews b Brown 1
M Brennan b Atkinson 2
I Cooke b McBarron 8
T Perchard b McBarron 0
Batterbee b McBarron 0
Hewitt not out 0
Extras (w 6, nb 1, lb 1, b 2) 10
Total (for 9 wkts) 125

Sharp 4 1 22 1
Adey 4 0 24 2
Brown 2 0 21 1
Atkinson 4 0 25 2
McBarron 4 0 18 3
Priest 1.1 0 13 0