Dodgers v MOD

Wednesday 14 August

Dodgers lost by 37 runs

Disorientated by the early start (17.45) Captain Carr lost the toss and Dodgers took to the field without "It's impossible for me to catch the early train - or anything else" Pope (who arrived later). MOD's innings started badly when opener Baldry, during a mixed over from Crawford, took a swing at one wide of the off stump and played on for 1. He was quickly followed by Bamber who missed a full toss from Benn and was bowled for a duck. Unfortunately this good start was then offset by some rampant slogging by Messrs. Griffiths, Butlin and Denison. Butlin hit the ball like a howitzer shell (belting the ball out of shape in the process) and twice nearly killed Andy Crawford fielding at mid wicket. On both occasions Andy got his hands to the ball but couldn't hold on. This stand was broken by Crawford who had Griffiths well caught by Carr at cover point for 18. Butlin was then joined by Denison who proceeded to belt the ball in all directions The partnership was broken when Cooper, having taken some punishment, bowled Butlin (off stump) for 29. New man Bailey scored a quick 14 before being run out and Denison finally departed (having survived a dropped catch by yours truly - personally I thought I did well to get to it - off Cooper) to a fine caught and bowled by Carr, having scored 58. The remaining batsmen did little of note except that Williams for 1 and Nichols for 2 both managed to allow themselves to be clean bowled by Pope's speciality grubbers who, not for the first time, finished with Dodgers best bowling analysis. MOD finished their innings on 150 for 8 off 20 overs. Highlights of Dodgers fielding (or lack of it) display were Doyle's stopping the ball at mid off whilst diving onto his nose, and the equivalent of a three line whip where McBarron, not trusting the fielding of either Pope or Leach (backing up) wisely stood behind them to collect a return throw to the bowlers end.

I knew we were up against it when every time Carr passed me he muttered "we've never conceded this many in a 20 over match!" - or words to that effect. Have we?

In an attempt to keep up with the run rate Dodgers opened with McBarron and Crawford. This partnership put on 80 before Crawford, following the advice of Umpire Carr to "not to hang around" was promptly caught next ball having scored 46 from 40 balls. We knew the game was up when new man Priest promptly ran out McBarron for 24 (a mix up following the ball hitting the stumps) with the score on 90 in the 15th over. Cooper was then clean bowled for a duck with the score on 93. Highlight of the remaining overs was Doyle's (desperate to overtake me in the all time batting averages) attempt to take 2 runs whilst Priest impassively stood his ground. How he wasn't run out is known only to the Gods of cricket and those members of the opposition who'd taken a bung. Dodger's innings finished on 113 for 3 and we were well beaten.

This was a curates egg of a performance. Some good bowling (Benn and Crawford) and fielding mixed with some lamentable stuff. Ah well I suppose it's what being a Dodger is all about.


Baldry b Crawford 1
Griffiths Ct Carr b Crawford 18
Bamber b Benn 0
Butlin b Cooper 29
Denison c&b Carr 58
Bailey Run out 14
Williams b Pope 2
Nichols b Pope 1
Fleming not out 1
McDonald not out 2
Extras (b1 lb4 w10 nb1) 16
Total 150

Crawford 4 0 23 2
Benn 4 0 15 1
Cooper 3 0 28 1
Leach 4 0 45 0
Carr 3 0 23 1
Pope 2 0 9 2


Mcbarron Run out 24
Crawford c Griffiths b Nichols 46
Priest Not out 21
Cooper b Mcdonald 0
Doyle Not out 5
Extras (b2 w12 nb6) 20
Total 113

Man of the Match - Andrew Crawford