Dodgers v HMT, 12 May 2022

Another nice evening in Chiswick saw the Dodgers take on the might of the Treasury, who were further strengthened with a sprinkling of Cabinet Officers. With light possibly playing a part later, Dodgers batted first in the shape of Jack and NJ, both of whom were powering along nicely until NJ nicked one behind and was caught smartly by the keeper. Jatinder replaced him, and before long both he and Jack had retired with a decent 25* apiece. A succession of other batsmen came and went, with André (on Dodgers debut) and Christian both hitting glorious sixes over the short boundaries. With a total of 154 for 4 off our 20 overs, we felt confident that we had set a competitive total.

We hadn't. Charlie and Kato (also on debut) opened our bowling attack and were unceremoniously hit to all corners, so that HMT scored 44 off their first 4. Nor did the rate let up much thereafter. Jack, Christian, André and Matz all bowled tidily, as did NJ, but the runs kept on coming. Despite the fading light, the Treasury passed our total with ease. Yet we had welcomed three new players (debutant Ozair making us into a XII all told) and seen some good cricket. What's not to like?

Man of the Match votes: Christian 4, Jatinder 3, Jack 2, André 1, Matz 1, NJ 1

The Dodgers XII