Dodgers back on winning track

Dodgers recorded another victory last night against Science Museum at Parsons Green. Pre-match drinks in the White Horse pub on the Green were followed by al-fresco changing and a debate about which pitch to use, neither looking much better than Croydon. Winning the toss, Science Museum opted to bat. Scoring was always going to be difficult in the long grass and we kept them down to 55, best bowling was Crawford with 3 for 10, well supported by Benn, Luke, Hilary, McBarron (showing some venom from recent net practice on a cruise ship) and Priest who all took wickets. Only Alex Luke was expensive going for 25 runs, but taking the strangest wicket of the night. Hitting the batsman full toss on the foot, the ball flipped up and was well held by Priest at slip. Luke gave a half hearted appeal, the batsman stood his ground on the assumption the appeal was for a catch saying the ball hit his foot, so their umpire gave him out LBW.

56 to win looked easy on paper and JC, kindly umpiring again, agreed to stay on rather than go to the pub early to watch the football as he thought the game would be over in 8 overs. How wrong - the winning runs didn't come until the 17th over! Taylor and Westhead opened, to be followed by Priest, Matthews and McBarron. Scoring was tortuously slow, against some good bowling from Science Museum. Only "Man of the Match" Matthews was successful by swinging the bat, top scoring with 18 not out.

Following further al-fresco changing, we adjourned to the Duke of Cumberland for the all usual sausages, chips and sarnies - the real reason for playing. Did anyone else think there weren't as many sausages this year? Anyway, we're back there next week for a return match - those of you who missed out should sign up to play now.

MoM: Kim Matthews 7 votes, Andrew Crawford 3 votes. Thanks to JC for umpiring and Jude for scoring.

Detailed scorecard will no doubt follow soon.