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v DODGERS, 25TH MAY 2016
Barry, true to form, lost the toss and after a five minute deliberation between the Dodgers chose to bat first on a good looking wicket. Sandeep KC and Chris Mountain opened the bowling and Chris made an early breakthrough trapping the opener LBW. On a bouncy outfield the fielding was inconsistent with several tough (and some less tough) chances going down, the highlights being Chris Mountain getting ‘snipered’ at mid-wicket; slipping and then kicking the ball away and Matt Conway almost corkscrewing himself into the ground under a high catch. On the other hand there was a terrific direct hit from Mehboob to bring up the second wicket and Konrad calmly gathered and threw to the bowlers end for our third wicket. Gary was also unlucky not to pick up a wicket as he was the victim of a few dropped chances later on. Some tight bowling from Sandeep G, Konrad and Vijay meant it looked like we would keep the score under 140. But after an expensive last three overs which included a few tight wide decisions meant the Dodgers ended up with an imposing 155-3.
The reply got off to the worst possible start when Mehboob was caught behind first ball, so early that the majority of those watching including Chris scoring had to ask what had happened. Vijay came in at 3, him and Matt started to build a solid partnership with boundaries coming easily. After putting on well over 50 between them Matt was caught skying a shot and soon after George followed in the same fashion. Chris came together with Vijay and got things moving again before being run out with a sharp piece of work and an eagle eyed umpire who didn’t need to ask for any tv replay. Vijay then retired after an excellent 50 which had included a huge six. Gary and Sandeep G were together for the last 4 overs and despite some good hitting still needed 32 from the last 2 overs. After a good over it was 18 off the last of where sadly only 4 singles were scrambled meaning a 13 run defeat.
Team: Gigg (capt), Anand, Mountain, Warren, Chodzko-Zajko, Bishop, Conway, Umarji, Plah, Goel, Kumar-CHintala.
Author: George Warren.
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