Dodgers v MoJ, 19 August 2021

The Dodgers assembled at Chiswick for the second time in a week, hoping for a better result than Tuesday's drubbing at the hands of Kai Dragons. Once we had cleared up another booking mix-up and located a pitch, we again went in to bat first.

Mike and Sohail opened our account against some disciplined MoJ bowling but their partnership was broken in the fourth over when the off spin of O'Kelly removed both Mike and his replacement Jatinder with successive balls. The same bowler caught Sohail in his next over, finishing with the excellent figures of 3-0-8-3, and our innings began to totter on its heels. Thankfully the middle order was on fire: Sam, on debut for Dodgers, and Jack both went after the MoJ change bowlers with gusto, each retiring on a brisk 25*. Our lower-order wickets began to tumble so that Sam had to come in again for a final cameo in the last over, but we had rotated the strike well and finished on a creditable 115 for 7.

The MoJ openers started strongly, despite accurate and economical bowling from Jack and Sohail, and we missed a couple of early chances in the field which would have helped our cause. Captain Ralph came on at first change together with David, the latter bowling off a shortened run-up due to ham string issues, and both tightened the screw still further. Chairman John completed the Dodgers bowling attack, ably assisted by wicket-keeper Luke, who took a brace of smart stumpings as we made our way through the MoJ batting. In the end our discipline was the difference between the two teams, as we managed to get through almost the entire innings without bowling a wide. MoJ finished 15 runs short of our total, and Dodgers had won a convincing victory.

Man of the Match votes: Sam 5, Jack 4, Sohail 1


The victorious Dodgers back at the pavilion