Dodgers v Superstars, 27 June 2023

The Dodgers reassembled at Chiswick for the second in this year's rubber against the auld enemy Superstars for the Ken Block Trophy. Winning the toss, stand-in captain Mike D put us in to bat under a cloudy sky. Superstars had kindly put out the boundary markers for us, choosing the farthest possible white line and thus ensuring that this would be a game of much running between the wickets.

Dave H was unlucky to snick one behind off Vijay's bowling to depart early, but thereafter Mike Mc and Dave B built our innings steadily, both eventually retiring unbeaten (for 26* and 30*, respectively). They were replaced by Brendan and Mike D, each one of whom was stumped by budding keeper Chris Mountain, and then by Harry and Matt, who ran well between the wickets and pushed the score ever upwards. The shortest of cameos from Bilal brought the innings to an end on 112 for 4, including 18 extras. On many evenings this would have seemed a precarious position to be in at the turn.

The Dodgers fast bowling attack of years gone by was reunited again in the persons of Charlie and Bilal, and both produced the tight and accurate performance to which we have become accustomed (including Bilal removing the dangerous Vijay first ball). Chairman John and Matt came on as first change, and still the Superstars bats were unable to make much headway. When the two Davids brought their mix of guile and experience to the party, the die was cast. Despite a final flourish from a returning Superstars retiree, the Dodgers ended up comfortable victors and retain the Ken Block Trophy for another year.

Man of the Match votes: Dave B 6, Charlie 4, Mike Mc 1


The winning team