BSI v Dodgers

20 overs

BSI (129-2, 17.1 overs) bt Dodgers (126-3 20 overs) by 8 wickets

Dodgers dismal run of form continued on Tuesday at Chiswick with a defeat to a BSI side augmented by Superstars Conway and Patten.

Winning the toss and opting to bat on a flat slow pitch and hard fast outfield, Dodgers failed to take advantage of the conditions, posting 126 on a pitch that was probably worth at least 20 more. Having started brightly, racing to 48 off 7 overs, Dodgers took another 11 overs to reach the century mark, despite good efforts from Priest (40, retd) and Carr (29). Outstanding amongst the bowling were four overs bowled by Patten for only 11 runs. Less outstanding were two overs of donkey drops from BSIer Jay which went for only 9 runs – at least 20 less than they should have done.

Taking the field late in the evening (largely due to BSI’s (and in particular their keeper’s) ability to reset a field every other ball), Dodgers never looked likely to defend the total, particularly after makeshift opening bowler Cooper went for 34 runs, including 16 in his second over, with Conway punishing a lacklustre Dodgers attack. With the game in the bag, BSI cruised to the necessary total in only 17 overs.

This wasn’t an abject performance by Dodgers. Fielding was generally good, with only a few of the usual dreadful lapses and bowling and batting were competent if uninspiring. But taken as a whole, the batsmen lacked fire and the bowlers lacked penetration. Until these are dealt with it is hard to see Dodgers chalking up many more victories this season.

Dodgers innings

McBarron c Shelley b Harrison 16
Jacobs b Hollingsworth 8
Priest retd 40
Carr b Ward 29
Whitrod not out 17
Barber not out 0
Extras (2lb, 8w, 6nb) 16
Total (20 overs) 126

(did not bat: Streatfield, Cooper, Pope, Matthews, Leach)

o m r w
Hollingsworth 4 0 24 1
Harrison 4 0 25 1
Patten 4 1 11 0
Jay 2 0 9 0
Ward 4 0 40 1
Steadman 2 0 15 0

BSI innings

Conway retd 35
Brewer b Cooper 13
Shelley retd 35
Ward Barber 12
Harrison not out 16
Wright not out 4
Extras (2b, 11w, 1nb) 14
Total (all out, 17.1 overs) 129

o m r w
Cooper 4 0 34 1
Streatfield 4 0 20 0
Barber 4 0 27 1
Leach 3 0 21 0
Pope 2.1 0 25 0

Man of the Match: Priest