Dodgers got back to winning ways with a clear-cut victory against New Barbarian Weasels at Berrylands this afternoon, thereby avenging a similar-sized defeat last season.
Winning the toss, stand-in skipper McB opened the batting with Tawhid Qureshi. Their partnership was a revelation, notching up 75 at quicker than a-run-a-ball before Tawhid skied one and was caught for an excellent 34. McB completed a rapid 50 - easily his most fluent for Dodgers in recent years - before also being caught. Weasel's successful bowler was heard to bid McB a hearty farewell with a cheery gesture as he departed. Well something like that....
Replacements Chris Andrews (Dealers) and Jas Gill (ORR) kept up the pace before Andrews's departure for 29 sparked a dramatic collapse as Hilary, Benn and Crawford managed just three runs between them. Guest Bok Warren Bass steadied the ship before launching a quick 22 and Gill's eventual dismissal for 46 left us on 199-9 after our allotted 35 overs.
200 looked tough but getable on a very decent track, but Dodgers' performance in the field was awesome and they never really looked like threatening it. Benn (2-18) and Bass (1-15) made early inroads, Cooper (2-18) pressured the middle order, and Hilary (3-10) mopped up the tail. We had taken no fewer than 8 (eight!) catches - Qureshi (2), Benn (2), Matthews, Bass, McB and Hilary - and effected two run outs with only one chance grounded. If only it was like that every week!
The evenutual margn of 84 was a fair reflection of our dominance, though we certainly owe a debt of gratitude to the three guests who performed so well.