Dodgers v Superstars

20 overs
No retirement rule

Dodgers 109 for 6 (Priest 18, Marr 14) lost to Superstars 110 for 3 (Cousins 4-0-6-0, McBarron 2-0-11-1) by 7 wickets

Scorecard below

A bright blustery evening at Chiswick saw this season's first encounter with Superstars unfold on Tuesday evening. Priest, substituting for the late-to-arrive Carr, won the toss and elected to bat. Matt Taylor accompanied Neil to the crease to face opening bowlers Gundry and Mountain. It was fairly slow going due to some very tight stuff from Gundry but it was Mountain who took the first wicket, that of Taylor who took his eye off the ball and was clean bowled much to his very vocal chagrin. Having already been dropped behind in the third over, Matt was quite fortunate. Damian Radcliffe was next in and took a while to get settled, facing 9 balls before getting off the mark. Meanwhile Priest was dropped by Gigg on the boundary. Once settled, Damian played some fine strokes including two fours before Conway (on for Mountain) had him caught at square leg. In contrast, number four batsman Russ Marr got off to a flying start with 8 off 3 balls. He progressed steadily and appeared to be set for a big score when he was caught behind by Walker off Mike Taylor (on for Gundry who finished with a fine 4-1-9-0). Two minutes later Neil Priest was caught by Conway, again off Taylor for 18. Neil had batted for 45 minutes but faced only 23 balls! With Dodgers on 56 for 4 off 13 overs it was time to step up a gear. Phil McBarron and John Carr put on 25 for the 5th wicket in 12 minutes with both scoring at around a run a ball. Phil was caught and bowled by the returning Mountain which brought in Peter Lee. Bringing a welcome do-or-die spirit, Peter immediately launched into it but his aggression brought his downfall attempting to launch a mighty blow over long off he instead holed out to a fine catch. Step up John Hilary for a bit more of the same... and then some. A quickfire 13 of ten balls not only saw Dodgers to an acceptable total of 109 but also threatened to bring about the untimely demise of our beloved captain. JC survived and kept his part of the bargain in finishing on 9 off 9 balls.

Gaught and Conway opened the batting for Superstars with Cousins and Cooper taking bowling honours for Dodgers. Simon caused all kinds of problems at the one end and kept a very tight ship whilst Cooper at the other end was simply experiencing all kinds of problems, exacerbated by the very blustery conditions. The scoreboard ticked over steadily and Cooper was replaced by Fox in the 8th over. Simon Cousins meanwhile ended with splendid figures of 4-1-6-0 and was replaced by John Hilary. JH seemed to be getting some fine swing and was rewarded with the wicket of Matt Conway courtesy of a McBarron catch. Cooper dropped a steepling catch from a typical big hit by Gaught off Fox. Gaught made his fifty but was out soon after to a catch by Marr off the returning Cooper. Evison departed for a duck off McBarron to a "slip" catch by Priest. It was left to Gigg to score the winning run off Priest.

[detailed scorecard for Superstars innings not available]

Man of the Match: Cousins / Hilary (5 each), Cooper J - 1 (no, me neither)

Scorecard below

Innings of Dodgers  RunsBallsS/RMins
Priestc Conwayb Taylor182378.2645
Radcliffec (Sq leg)Conway101855.5614
Marrc Walkerb Taylor141877.7814
McBarronc & bMountain131681.2514
Carrnot out 99100.0024
Leec ?b Mountain5683.334
Hilarynot out 1310130.009
Sub-Total  89   
Extras  20   
Total  109116Balls 
Did not bat: Fox, Cooper J, Cousins
Fall of wicket: 1-14 (Taylor 7), 2-32 (Radcliffe 10)
3-55 (Marr 14) 4-56 (Priest 18)
5-81 (McBarron 13) 6-87 (Lee 5)
Bowling of SuperstarsOMRW  
Innings of Superstars  RunsBallsS/RMins
Gaughtc Marrb Cooper J50   
Conwayc McBarronb Hilary32   
WalkerNot out 19   
Evisonc Priestb McBarron0   
Giggnot out 1   
Sub-Total  102   
Extras  8   
Total  110 Balls 
Did not bat:       
Bowling of DodgersOMRW  
Cooper J40301  


jhilary said…
Blimey - I didn't realise that Simon only went for 6 off his 4 overs! Glad I voted him man of match.