Dodgers v Audit Commission @ Chiswick

Here's the scorecard for this 18 overs game, possibly the first ever limited overs Dodgers match in which we have declared.

Dodgers v Audit Commission
4 May 2006
20 overs

Man of The Match Votes: Adey 4, Qureshi 4, Priest 2

Match report by TQ

The Dodgers recorded a win on their first outing of the season last night, with a regulation victory over an Audit Commission side containing a customary mixture of regular players, not so regular players, and those who turned up to catch some sun on the hottest day of the year so far. Having won the toss, stand in skipper Priest chose to bat on a typically green looking early season wicket which contrary to appearance offered low bounce and little assistance to the bowlers of either side.

The opening pair of Priest and Qureshi both reached the retirement score of 25 without major alarm, aided by bowling which was as disciplined as John Prescott would be if stuck in a lift at a Secretary's Convention. However, Qureshi was notably dropped at the start of his innings by Dodgers debutant Lee whilst fielding for the opposition, wisely choosing not to reprise the role that John Hilary has made his own over the last few seasons.

The other Dodgers debutant, Dollin, played a cameo innings of 16 before being the victim of one of three good catches taken by the Audit skipper. McBarron batted down the order at 6 but unlike Flintoff the England number 6, he accumulated a number of singles and the pavilion roofing was never at risk from damage.

McBarron and Lee created a solid partnership which stabilised the innings, and helped the Dodgers to an eventual healthy total of 147 for 3, the innings was actually declared after 18 overs - very possibly a first in Dodgers evening matches - due to the sluggish Audit over rate.

The Audit innings began with an early breakthrough for Cooper who bowled one of the openers for nought, but instead of signalling a procession of wickets, Audit doggedly batted out their 20 overs without ever realistically being on course to overhaul the target, in the end reaching 84 for 4. The Dodgers performed well in the field despite shelling 3 catches, with Priest pulling off an excellent run out with a direct hit from cover point.

The bowling was generally tight if at times unspectacular. Adey's first bowl for nearly a year produced a probing spell with the bat being regularly beaten. Due to the dubious nature of the Audit scoring - which is rather concerning given the nature of their profession - the bowling figures are subject to conjecture, although Cooper, Adey, and Pope all collected a wicket each.

A full scorecard of the game will follow, as will minutes of the last AGM and at least one committee meeting, hopefully at some point during this season!

Next up for Dodgers, a game next week against a team of literally unknowns...

Innings of Dodgers

Priest ret'd 25
Qureshi ret'd 27
Jacobs ct Sulley b Irwin 4
Dollin ct Sulley b R 16
Westhead ct Sulley b Irwin 0
McBarron n/o 22
Lee ret'd 26
Cooper n/o 4
Sub-total 126
Extras 21
Total (for 3 dec, 18 ovs) 147

Innings of Audit

Richichie n/o 25
Aktins b Cooper 0
Irwin b Adey 7
Ball lbw b Pope 10
Fisher n/o 18
Watts run out (Priest) 8
Bowley n/o 2
Sulley n/o 6
Sub-total 78
Extras 6
Total (20 overs) 84

Bowling of Dodgers

Cooper 4-1-12-1
Lee 4-1-11-0
Adey 4-3-7-1
Pope 4-1-14-1
McBarron 4-1-13-0


cerysmatic said…
Man of the Match: Adey, Qureshi - 4 each (joint winners), Priest (N) - 2, Lee - 1