8 September 2002

Dodgers won the toss and elected to bat

Dodgers: 196/8 dec off 48.5 overs (Gundry 67, Priest 29, Carr 26, Ball 3-61)
Buchurst Hill: 156/5 off 47 overs (Anthony 40, Cooper 2-13, Gundry 2-34)


Dodgers Man of the Match: Simon Gundry

The final game of the season petered out into a tame draw. It was however notable for the Captain winning the toss for the first time since about May, although this was academic as he was forced to bat first due to the tardy arrival of several players...

Although the weather forecast for plenty of rain proved incorrect the prediction that we would need to bat second to win did not. For the second year running against BH we posted a good total only to be unable bowl them out. This was not helped by BH making absolutely no attempt to chase the win despite getting 47 overs bowled at them to attacking fields and having wickets in hand, but they were always going to be able to control the game batting second.

Gundry opened the bowling at a lively pace and was well supported by Benn who bowled another tight spell but without picking up his usual quota of wickets. They were ably supported by Leach and Marchant, who bowled tidily without much luck. Cooper also bowled another good spell picking up two good wickets and the aggressive Rockalls comment about getting out to a c*nt like that was a bit over the top. Gundry returned for a second spell that none of the BH batsman fancied much apart from the youngster Beckett, who looked a very good player. Dodgers attempts to win were hampered by our usual case of Dropsy, one disease that unfortunately isnt catching...

Earlier Dodgers had set a good target of 196. The innings saw a reappearance of the Priest-McBarron opening partnership which just failed to put on 50 for the first wicket, Priest falling LBW to Cooper with the score on 47. McBarron dug in to grind out a patient, deliberate, measured and unhurried crease occupying innings, taking roughly 6 overs (some sources say 10 overs) to get off the mark before decelerating rapidly to finish with 18 from 30 overs. At the other end Carr played a quick cameo before Benn was unluckily to play down a rising ball only to see it spin back onto the stumps. This started a mini collapse with three wickets falling with the total on 100. The situation was rescued by a superb effort from Gundry who put the BH bowling to the sword, well supported by Marchant and then Matthews, who finished not out in double figures yet again read it and weep Doylee!

Despite the disappointing result this was an enjoyable game to finish a good season on and it was good to play another timed game which in my view we dont play enough of. Thanks again to Simon, Tony and Jason for turning out for us, and for showing us how to catch, although I still think Tony would have caught the last ball of the game if he hadnt been sat down with his boots off! Roll on next year when hopefully well get to bat second against BH.

Neil Priest

High Road Ground

Toss: Dodgers


Priest lbw b Rockall 29
McBarron c. WK b Ball 18
Carr * c. ? b Janjua 26
Whitrod c. ? b Ball 7
Benn b Janjua 0
Gundry c. ? b Rockall 67
Cooper c&b Ball 0
Marchant Run Out 5
Matthews + Not Out 11
Extras (b12, lb7, w11, Nb3) 33
Total (48.5 overs) 196 for 8 dec

DNB: Leach, Pope

147 (Priest)
287 (Carr)
399 (McBarron)
4100 (Benn)
5100 (Whitrod)
6100 (Cooper)
7127 (Marchant)
8196 (Gundry)

Osborne 13 3 43 0
Rockall 13.5 3 46 2
Ball 13 3 61 3
Janjua 6 1 14 2
Slisz 3 0 13 0


Atkinson b. Cooper 29
Seeberan c. Gundry b. Leach 19
Anthony b. Gundry 40
Rockall c. Marchant b. Cooper 9
Blogg b. Gundry 21
Beckett Not Out 22
Osborne Not Out 3
Extras (b2, lb1, w8, nb2) 13
Total (47 overs) 156 for 5

DNB: Slisz, Janjua, Ball, ?

Gundry 11 2 34 2
Benn 12 4 26 0
Leach 8 1 29 1
Marchant 6 2 11 0
Cooper 4 0 13 2
Pope 3 0 23 0
Whitrod 1 0 4 0
Carr 1 0 2 0
Priest 1 0 10 0

Man of the Match: Simon Gundry

Match Drawn