Phew!

Dodgers’ nightmare run thankfully came to an end last night with a 12 run victory over the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

Cap’n Carr won the toss – for once – and we batted. Things didn’t start well as Qureshi was bowled for the third game in a row trying to play a ball angling in at leg stump through mid-wicket – this time to register a golden duck. Priest and McBarron then moved the score along steadily before Phil was trapped leg before for 12.

JC came in at four and continued his recent form: hard hitting and dodgy running in equal measure. JC was… how can I put it… particularly effective at retaining the strike in his innings, drawing the cruellest rebuke imaginable from Neil at one point – “Well run Phil”. Both fell on the same ball – JC inevitably to a run out for 14 and Priest having reached the 25 retirement mark.

The innings suddenly ground to a halt as Harrison chipped the ball back to the bowler for a duck and Matthews and Westhead struggled to get more than a few wides and byes to the deep-standing keeper. The Cat’s eventual departure for our third duck brought in John Hilary and a welcome impetus to the scoring rate. Showing flashes of his old form, JH scored a very quick 20* as we added 21 in the last two overs to post 110-6, extras top-scoring for the second game running. Was this defendable?

It didn’t look it as the Ombudsmen’s openers set off at a cracking rate. It was definitely a day to bowl later in the innings and Nick Harrison showed experience belying his tender years by incurring a mystery injury after just one over that equally mysteriously cleared up when the openers were gone. Strange that. John Cooper had posted that afternoon that he hadn’t conceded an extra all season. Replacing Harrison, two of his first three balls were wides. D’oh!

Paterson recovered from an expensive start to help us keep control and – after one opener had retired in the 6th over – Cooper grabbed a wicket in taking 1-29. With 44 needed off 8 with wickets in hand we were in difficulty, but tight overs and wickets from Benn (3-13) and Hilary (1-18) left the target at 39 off five, which Ombudsman never really threatened thanks to Harrison (2-16).

So, a very, very welcome win by 12 runs. The scorebook told the tale: Ombudsman conceded 28 extras, Dodgers only 8, and once again the retirement rule had greatly favoured us.

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John said…
Man of the Match: John Hilary. Votes: Hilary (5), Benn (3), Priest (1), Matthews (1), oh and nearly forgot, Paterson (1). P.S. it was Monday.