Friday, September 29, 2006

This weekend, Philadelphia, Sarasota and Grenada

1) Match this weekend is Vs Fairfield: If you cannot play, please contact Neil Harrison directly... we do have additional players available - but they do need some notice

2) Philadelphia 10/21-22...- Please make sure that your availability is current. I have made a reservation for five rooms at the Hilton in Valley Forge (we stayed there last year).

3) Sarasota 1/12/07 - 1/15/07...

Current Travellers are

1 Neil Kimberley
2 Ed Palmer
3 Keith Lawrence
4 Tony Boyke
5 Kaustav Banerjee
6 Jonas Wilson
7 John Moore
8 Neil Harrison
9 Prasanna (provisional)
10 Hide Kojima (provisional)
11 Open

I have my flight - cost is $218... booked today! I encourage you to get yours too. There are later/earlier options for anyone interested.

Dep 1/12 from LGA to TPA on American 1005 at 8:35am
Return on 1/15 from TPA to LGA on American 1282 at 7:05PM

4) Grenada:

We have one opening left (for either one person or one couple) on the Grenada Trip for 4/14 - 4/22: Includes 4 world cup games. Costs per person around $1500 ($600 for airfare, $300 for tickets, $600 for the bed).

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Maddogs Vs Yale at MDP on 9/24 by John Moore

Mad Dogs vs Yale September 24

In a battle of the Ivy League, Cornell's Moore beat Yale's Jayson in the initial battle of the coin toss, Jayson's losing call, Quirky, being, for the record, tails (just so that you don't have a clue what to do next time). The Dogs elected to bat in what was initially a 35 over game that became shortened to 30 overs when rain threatened (but mostly held off). Kimberley and Banerjee put on a rapid 25 for the first wicket against some initially wayward bowling, wides being nobly supported by a couple of powerful pulls behind square from Kimberley.

Banerjee was the first to go, for 3 (10 balls) when a ball deflected off his pads towards his stumps; the batsman's frantic efforts to knock the ball away with the bat proved successful, but only at the expense of the bat itself breaking the wicket - a tough dismissal. Taiwo then came in, and promptly received a succession of full tosses that he mowed away to leg with glee and gusto, in great baseball style. Anything that pitched was missed or blocked, according to whether or not the ball might have hit the stumps, anything that didn't was hammered to the fence. Kimberley fell with the score on 49, bowled by a nice slower ball (14, 23 balls, 1 x 4). Yale's best bowlers were now on, various combinations having been tested in what was a group of players unfamiliar to each other, for the most part, but Sachin and Khattak now bowled fast and straight, well enough to mow through the Dogs' middle order.

The score had reached 69 when Herno Smith was trapped LBW for 2 (13 balls), then one run later, Taiwo's bold knock came to an end with a catch to the deep, out for an incredibly valuable 30 (26 balls, 1 x 6, 5 x 4). Johnson's attempt to reach 1000 runs by the end of May had unfortunately petered out several months earlier, but he did achieve his secondary ambition of scoring one run by the end of September when he got off the mark first ball. Emboldened by success, he immediately added a second but, flushed with ambition, he then drove a catch to mid-off (2, 5 balls). Chavan was yorked by Sachin (1 from 6 balls) and much the same happened to Kojima (1, 5 balls). Moore and Wolf then settled for defense, picking off the occasional run and aiming to see off the more dangerous bowlers, which they did with some success, taking the score from 81 for 7 to 102 when Wolf was bowled for 8 (19 balls, 1 x 4).

Moore then farmed the strike for a while with young Thomson at the crease, reaching double figures for the first time in about 2 months and even hitting a four (must be the new batŠ..), before receiving a totally useless waist-high full toss from slow left-armer Jimmy, a delivery that should have been Prasanned into the dumpster but which was instead carefully Sanjayed straight to deep square leg (12, 23 balls, 1 x 4). Thomson and Oosthuizen represented the Dogs' last hope, and boy, did they bat sensibly, adding a really useful 18 for the last wicket in 5 overs, taking singles and drawing a few extras (nice job, lads). Oosthuizen was the last man out, hitting a catch off Jayson for 9 (11 balls), with Thomson on 9 not out (18 balls). The final total of 127 all out from 25.3 overs looked a little low for comfort, but was considered to be defendable if we bowled well.

Wolf and Oosthuizen opened the bowling for the Dogs, the youngster flattening Yosh's off stump with a lovely ball with the score on 5. Both bowlers did well initially, but Sachin and Imran proved themselves to be pretty good players, and played some powerful shots, enough to cause both bowlers some grief and necessitate their replacement by Chavan and Kojima after 7 overs, with the score on 39 for 1. The new pair did very well, bowling steadily to some carefully constructed fields. Various ploys were attempted, particularly by Chavan, who was prepared to gamble to take a key wicket, or even double bluff a bit.

One such bluff even worked, a long-off being sent back, a nice full bung bowled at just the right height, and a catch being driven out by Imran to long-on; no matter, as Oosthuizen judged the catch beautifully right on the fence to get rid of a good looking player for 13. Soon after, Kojima bowled the other danger man, Sachin, for 23, and did the same to Sachib for 1, while Chavan chipped in with two wickets, bowling Khattik for 6 and pinning Arjun for 4. Another wicket then fell to Kojima, who bowled Geordie for 4, with another ball that dipped in flight, forcing the batsman to play back and not forward, the consequence being to miss a ball that squatted a little, good bowling and not just a bad bounce, Hide! By virtue of really good bowling, Chavan and Kojima had whittled gradually and economically through the Yale middle order in 12 really good overs.

With the Yale score on 79 for 7, the Dogs were on top. But Jimmy and Syog proved themselves to be two useful batsmen who had probably come in a little late in the order, by accident or design. They scored fairly fluently off Chavan's and Kojima's last few overs, and played well enough to cause some flutters in the Dogs' psyches, particularly with bowling changes now due. With the score approaching 100, the Dogs did not have much margin for error. Johnson relieved Chavan and bowled a steady enough over. Moore was more or less forced to bring himself on in place of Kojima. Jimmy immediately slogged a four just out of the reach of a couple of fielders, so Moore floated another one up, a little fuller and a little wider, and the mis-timed off drive ended right in the hands of Thomson, who judged the catch really well, Jimmy gone for 22. Suyog then mishit a pull that dropped agonizingly between three converging fielders.

Johnson was gracious enough to cede his bowling spot to young Smith, who conceded a four to Suyog but then swung another beauty through Jayson's rudimentary defense to take out the leg stump, nice ball son! By agreement, since Yale had only 10 men, the last man was allowed to continue batting with a runner, so with the score on 109 and Suyog batting well, the game was not over. But Moore drifted an outswinger onto Suyog's pads, plumb LBW, but not given. Avoiding a Harrison moment, Moore knuckled down and flicked an off-cutter into the same pads next ball, and this time the right decision was made, Suyog out for 16, game over, Yale all out for 109 from 22.3 overs. The Dogs were winners by 18 runs, the exact margin of Thomson's and Oosthuizen's last wicket stand. This was a really good game, enjoyed by all 21 players, good memories.

Wolf 4-0-23-0
Oosthuizen 3-0-16-1
Chavan 6-0-25-3
Kojima 6-1-27-3
Johnson 1-0-6-0
Moore 1.3-0-6-2
Smith 1-0-6-1

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

WSL Match Report By NK

Decided to make a big deal out of the match report... hope everyone gets to see it!


Saturday, September 23, 2006


A big day at the MDP... look out for coverage on the website tomorrow...

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Frank for (State) Senate By NK

Went to a fundraiser for Frank Farricker's State Senate campaign at the Bubble Lounge in Tribeca last night. Depsite running against a republican incumbent of 8 terms, he believes that his chances are pretty good, and his campaign is going well.

Apparently his opponent is not campaigning, despite a track record of not authoring any legislation over the last 16 years!

Not only does Frank have a website, campaign workers and an aggressive meet and greet campaign (5am at Old Greenwich station), but he will be on local cable soon too!

He hopes to stop by the final on Saturday - and we will work on a press event as part of the over 40 vs under 40 game on 10/28.

If you want to help Frank win his seat, go to the website to make a donation.

Cup Final Fever by NK

The tension mounts... before Finals day. And now we have the added bonus of Boyke's roti to follow the game. Let's hope there is no "revenge of the roti" like we got in Nevis!

Sunday is coming together too. Yale looks like they will be short a couple of guys, so we will be figuring out some arrangements on the day.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

New website up and running (by NK)

After the first few hours of our website we have started to not only get our local players logging on... bout someone in France too! Anyway, welcome to anyone from the MD world, great to have you along.

Also announced the team for Saturday today. Again 18 players available, only 11 places: A real challenge for DQ (skipper). But its a great team, and we have every chance of success in the final!

Come on lads...

Maddogs Vs Westchester 9/17/06 By Neil Harrison

Do you believe in miracles?

The members of the Mad Dogs CC Super Sunday Extra Occasional XI obviously do. This time last year, a severely under-strength MDCC team came up against a solid Westchester CC squad and chased a score of 230, with a big innings from Tom Haydon and some classic late-night heroics from future State Senator Frank "the Yank" Farricker, as Herman Smith and your correspondent watched from "The Hill" while supping on VB left over from the Ashes game.

But, I digress. This weekend, Westchester came to town once again, and with all the posh players resting deservedly after their fine win over Columbia in the League, it was once again left to Neil Kimberley to cut and paste a team from the back pages of his address book.

The team sheet had a delightfully unpredictable air on Saturday morning - young guys, old guys, and some new guys nobody had ever heard of. Surely, lightning couldn't strike twice, could it??
The day dawned, as most do, with the sun coming up over MDP, revealing yet another damp, slow, pitch and long outfield.

Neil Harrison won the toss and inserted Westchester, mainly due to the fact that only 5 of the oppo had got their arse down to the field and it was already 1pm. With the Dogs lacking their first seven choice wicket-keepers, Parag was elected keeper and he proceeded to do a very tidy job, prompting us to wonder if he might be able to hold a bat. But more of that in due course. WCC began steadily against accurate spells from Aussie guest Ron "Thumper" Wolf and Wian Oosthuizen, who was relieved by Herno Smith. The younger Springbok made the first breakthrough at 33-0 after Wolf had been unlucky to have a difficult chance spilled at mid off (sorry, mate!). Praveen had changed bats twice and inspected the ball in an attempt to understand his inability to time anything, but now he misplayed Herno's trademark in-swinger and was trapped in front for 17.

Anand replaced Wolf and began an excellent spell of bowling, allowing little width and changing speeds well to keep both batsmen under wraps. Sudhir joined Upul in a watchful partnership of 36, finally broken by a lovely slower delivery from Anand, bowling Sudhir neck and crop, a just reward for his best spell for the club. Oscar came on at the pavilion end, and got a bit of tap, although he was unlucky as one of the fielders crept in and had the ball bounce behind him for 4 - a massive no-no - leading to a team lecture from the stand-in skipper. Jimmy, a guest from Yale, took over with some very slow left arm spin and immediately bowled Upul - one of nature's opening bats, whose innings had exhibited all of the sparkle of Chris Tavare at his finest, or John Parnell on an off day. At 96-3, WCC were still going well, and Dushyant came in to cream Jimmy into the dumpster a few times, prompting some impromptu coaching sessions from the skipper, who is familiar with being hit into the dumpster. Anand's fine spell ended and Sukesh then bowled tidily from the top end, removing Prashant courtesy of a nice catch at deep cover by Herno. At 113-4, big tonka Sachin entered, wearing brown pants and he and Dushyant proceeded to treat Jimmy rudely.

Harrison finally entered the attack at 132-4 after 25 overs, and removed Dushyant with a one-handed diving caught and bowled, mere nanometers from the turf, that was eerily reminiscent of John Moore's effort at Hoboken, except that this catch was actually difficult and athletic rather than merely comedic. The batsman thought about questioning the catch but fortunately went on his way and world peace was therefore maintained. Sachin promptly smeared a couple of fours with shots that were really good for a guy in brown pants.

Two less than classic hoiks off a length from Sachin then somehow eluded the mid-wicket fielder, eliciting several muffled expletives from the skipper, who then proceeded to bowl the always vicious and frequently deadly "you're not f***ing going to hit me for four again today, you ******* in brown trousers" quicker ball. This is a close relative of Prasanna's "I didn't make many runs today so I'm going to stuff this ball right up your nose" ball, but of course it is nowhere near as good. Still, Sachin was completely stuffed and 100% plumb LBW, complete with the usual war dance, leaving WCC at 165-6.

Ben and Vikram were then removed by Harrison (caught and bowled) and Smith (nice catch by Ron Wolf in the deep), while yet another massive tonka Saad played some great "shottis" as the innings closed on 196-8 at the end of 35 overs. The Dogs fielding was creditable given the warm weather and the bowling was also good in an "everyone gets a couple of overs and you get an extra one when your mum shows up to watch" kind of way, (or your Dad, in the case of Sukesh..)


WOLF 6-1-24-0,
OOSTHUIZEN 4-0-14-0,
SMITH 4-0-36-2,
ANAND 7-1-16-1,
OSCAR 2-0-22-0,
JIMMY 4-0-35-1,
SUKESH 3-0-12-1,
HARRISON 5-0-35-3.

Gypsies guests and top batters Sukesh and Mahesh got the Dogs off to a breezy start, at about 4 an over, chasing a target of about 6.5/over. But Sukesh departed to a catch for 14 after playing a few lovely shots, and Mahesh followed for 19, victim of the first of three direct hit run outs, as WCC fielded remarkably well throughout. Kimberley made 4, but unluckily perished in similar style (mine actually wan't my fault - ed) to leave the Dogs on 59-3 after 15 overs. Anand played two great shots but like Sukesh popped one up and was gone for 11 at 68-4 off 17 overs. At drinks, the Dogs needed 125 off 17 overs - a tall order.

Harrison joined Parag, and uncharacteristically went for his shots. After being dropped twice, the two settled into a pattern of pushing singles off the accurate spin of Saad and a variety of other bowlers, using three MDCC approved methods - the Palmer (a gorgeous cover drive that gets stuck in the long grass), - the Quirk (a sort of scoopy shovelly chip between the fielders on the leg side), and the Moore (dangle the bat outside the off stump and dobb it down to backward point), together with a new variant, the Harrison (bunt it sideways between wicket-keeper and bowler and dive in at the other end. This all worked remarkably well, and the score ticked on to 107-4 off 25, still 90 needed off 10, but no panic as yet.

At this point it became apparent that Parag is, in fact, useful, as he added a couple of pulls for 4 before launching a signature MDP six over the trees at the top end, and with a bit of tip-and-run, suddenly the runs were coming at about 9 an over!! But the partnership ended at 128-5 as the pair attempted one audacious single too many - Harrison was thrown out for 21 by a whisker as he launched himself desperately into the end zone. One wonders on occasion if he is playing the same game as the rest of usŠ At this moment an executive decision of masterly proportions by Kimberley pre-empted Aussie star Wolf and brought Aussie-American Jimmy to the wicket. The first ball was crunched through mid-off with authority, as they say, prompting a couple of raised eyebrows back in the pavilion. 65 needed off 6 overs. Do you believe in miracles? Herman Smith was taking no chances and immediately located all the beer that remained in the cooler Sukesh's Dad and Wian's Dad Andries seemed to have the scoreboard updated on every ball.

The sense of anticipation was palpable. At this point, Parag unloaded off Sachin, cracking three excellent fours. 51 needed off 5. The next over from Praveen went for 5, as Jimmy and Parag hit some long singles. 46 off 4 required, with the light fading rapidly. Too much to do, surely? Dushyant returned from the bottom end and Jimmy promptly put him over the cage for 6 with a stroke of considerable power, and some solid umpiring by Neil K helped move the board as the bowler produced three wides and a no-ball, all totally legit guv'nor, same for both sides and no whingeing please -14 off the over! The watching Dogs smelled an upset, as Herman guzzled yet another defenseless tinnie as the pile of beverage carcasses behind him grew steadily. 32 off 3 now, with Parag hitting selectively and surely now seeing the ball as big as the harvest moon behind the church. (I made that up, but it is rather atmospheric).

Praveen's next over produced a splendid 4 from Jimmy and a massive 6 from Parag over the bowler's head. Classic hitting. Only 19 required now off 2 overs, surely??

But Dushyant's next over was solid, clamping the batsmen to three runs and a bye. One over, 15 to win, well, close but no cigar, right? Praveen's off spin provided the last over, first ball - amazingly - a dot ball, then a single by Parag. 14 off 4 balls, then Jimmy creamed a 2 and a 4, 8 from 2 balls. A single left MDCC needing 6 to tie and 7 to win off the last ball. Perhaps a series of wides, or overthrows might save the game? Surely not. For some odd reason that he will never understand, Praveen grooved one right down Main Street, that Parag hit straight over mid-on for a massive six. Game tied!! Pandemonium.!! Parag finished with a magnificent 73 not out, and Jimmy with 28 not out, for an unbroken stand of 68 off 43 balls. Unf***ing believable.

I looked around for a beer, but Herman and Andries had drunk each and every one of them. We stuffed the mat in the hole, and vanished into the darkness - and no-one slept a wink that night, reliving every ball, every catch, every shot.

Do you believe in miracles??

Monday, September 18, 2006

Maddogs on Hide's Japanese Website By Neil K

Just got the new website up on google (, and wanted to see if Google had indexed us yet: typed in maddogs and cricket into google and presto, Hide's Japanese website came up on the "bewitchment of cricket". Here is the translation courtesy of google. (FYI this may only be good for Firefox)

Maddogs Vs Columbia Sept 16, 2006 By John Moore

Mad Dogs vs Columbia (League) September 16

The Mad Dogs won the final league game of the season, thereby
topping the table and gaining home-field advantage for next week's
final against the same opposition: Columbia. Quirk by tradition, lost
the toss, and the Dogs were inserted on a damp, slow pitch. Lawrence
and Palmer got the innings off to a slow but steady start against
testing bowling, neither batsman being at his most fluent, but both
hanging in there. Palmer extended his streak of dot-balls (over three
games) to 35 before getting off the mark with a rasping cut. He was,
however, the first to fall, with the score on 33, bowled for 11 (30
balls) by an excellent in-swinging yorker - no shame there! Quirk
attempted to add some vim to the innings, but found timing also hard
to achieve, and soon lofted a catch (2, 10 balls). Coates, however,
is batting at his very best right now, and set about the bowling in a
wonderful knock, hammering three 6's and a four in a cameo innings of
pure power but also considerable skill. Despite giving Lawrence a
dozen overs start, he passed his score in a mere 3 or 4 overs, on his
way to 34 from only 17 balls before an outstanding innings fell to a
good catch in the deep. Prasanna took over from Coates and also
played an aggressive knock while Lawrence kept the innings solid at
the other end. A four and a six were accrued by Prasanna, as he
dominated the bowling, but as so often, he played one lavish shot too
many, and was bowled for 16 (14 balls) by one that kept a little low.
Thornton and Haydon theoretically represented real power at numbers 6
and 7, but both suffered rare failures, Thornton adjudged to have
snicked a catch to the keeper of a spinner, in a flurry of bat and
pad, to leave for a second-ball duck, Haydon bowled for 1 (8 balls).
All the more reason for Lawrence to be keeping chugging along, which
he was doing, while gradually becoming adjusted to a new bat and
finding his timing as he passed yet another important 50. His solid
knock ended with a catch to long-on for 56 (80 balls, 8 x 4). Sood
played an excellent, sloggers-knock in the closing overs, trusting
his eye and chancing his arm very effectively to tally 27 not out
from 25 balls with 1 x 6, 2 x 4. Moore added 5 from 6 balls before
driving to cover, Kojima hit a catch first ball, and Boyke sliced a
catch in the last over (6, 7 balls, 1 x 4) as the innings ended on a
competitive 194 all out from 34.3 overs.

Boyke then took an early wicket, having Ratesh plumb LBW for 6, and
Haydon did much the same to Aptiva (0) at the other end, and then
doing a mini-Harrison as a rather better shout was turned down,
probably on the grounds that it's not just done for the first three
batsmen to all fall LBW...... But Haydon bowled well, as did Boyke.
Sarian and then put on the major stand of the Columbia innings, 69,
in fine style. Coates was hit out of the attack, his bowling not
helped by the recurrence of a shoulder strain. Fortunately, Quirk
made a critical breakthrough, bowling Sarian for 40 with his second
ball, and he and Prasanna then reined in the Columbia innings from a
winning position at 123 for 3 to a catastrophic collapse. Vishnu fell
to Quirk for 43, a rank full-bung being mis-hit straight at Thornton
on the mid-wicket fence - a bad ball, but a fair reward for a really
good spell, overall. Prasanna then rattled out 3 quick wickets, two
courtesy of really sharp, skillful stumpings by Palmer, the third a
jaffa of a leg-break that bowled Ajay all ends up. The Columbia
innings was now wrecked, but Quirk kept the pressure on, noting that
Harrison was not playing so bringing on another off-spinner,
Lawrence, to replace him on the bunny-hunt. Lawrence's first ball was
lobbed nicely back to him, and his second was another rank full-toss
swatted out to Thornton at mid-wicket. No hat-trick, but a third
wicket fell to Lawrence in his second over, when the last Columbia
batsmen flicked a catch to Sood at square-leg, who took it nicely,
one-handed. The score of 141 all out in 26.5 overs left the Mad Dogs
winners by 53 runs, the last 7 wickets crashing for only 18 runs.

Haydon 5-0-22-1
Boyke 5-0-31-1
Quirk 7-0-31-2
Coates 3-0-35-0
Prasanna 5-0-16-3
Lawrence 1.5-0-3-3

Sunday, September 17, 2006

What a weekend!

Two great games in two days: On Saturday our best forged a 50 run win on a dodgy track, and on Sunday the most perfect day saw a motley band of hounds chase 196 runs to tie the game on a last ball six by Parag Holiakar.

After all the crap this week, weather, dropouts, disgruntled people etc etc... Great to play with a great bunch of guys and find a way to chase a big total. Something to keep the heart warm in winter.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Bloody weather

Was at the ground late yesterday, standing water on the baseball diamond - and halfway down the wicket...

We nee at least six hours of drying to guarantee a game on Sat...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Sept 16/17 Weekend

Tough one here... 17 guys on Saturday and 9 on Sunday. Both games should be fun, but we need more people to sign up.

Maddogs Tour of Rhode Island

Mad Dogs vs St. Columba's (Game 1): Sept 9

St Columba's won the toss and batted, the Dogs opening up with Boyke and Coates. The batsman ran very aggressively to pick up short singles, but this tactic cost them the first wicket, as Moore ran in from cover, dived to pick the ball up and threw down the stumps at the bowler's end, while supine, to nail Summit short of his ground. That merely initiated the major stand of the innings, Mayur and Imran putting on 98 in fine style against an array of decent bowling but, unfortunately, some sub-par fielding. Harrison finally removed Imran LBW for 31, celebrating in his usual demented dervish style by running around further and faster than anyone else did all day during the actual game. Wickets then fell gradually as Mayur continued to dominate the innings. Boyke, returning for a second spell, trapped Sandeep LBW for 1, then a nice piece of fielding by Rian Oosthuizen and Banerjee ran out Bhanu for 17 (Banerjee had taken over as when Palmer was incapacitated by a ball in the right shoulder from Prasanna). Coates, also back for a second spell, flattened Khalid's stumps, then Mayur's fine innings of 80 ended via a superb running catch by Prasanna out at long on, off Boyke. Smith took two well-deserved wickets in the closing overs, one clean bowled, the other courtesy of a good catch by Ossthuizen off a low drive to mid-off. Langston, with 22 not out, shepherded the final total to a challenging 208 for 8 off 35 overs.

Boyke 7-1-35-2
Coates 7-1-31-1
Prasanna 7-0-28-0
Oosthuizen 3-0-26-0
Lawrence 4-0-27-0
Harrison 4-0-27-1
Smith 3-0-24-2

Lawrence and Coates responded with an excellent opening stand of 48 in 6 overs, with some powerful shots, particularly from Coates. Lawrence had had the lion's share of the strike, and was just settling into his best form when he popped a leading edge back to bowler Bhanu to leave with 22 (29 balls, 2 x 4). Unfortunately, the wheels then fell off the innings: Prasanna smashed his first ball like a rocket, but right at midwicket who somehow clung on; Moore was pinned LBW for 1 (4 balls); Smith was run-out in a mix-up over a single (1, 11 balls); Kimberley hit a return catch (0, 2 balls), then Coates was yorked for 19 (29 balls, 4 x 4). This flurry of wickets left the innings wrecked at 59 for 6. Banerjee and Harrison then repaired some of the damage with an excellent, feisty stand of 72 in 14 overs, as St. Columba's rotated the bowling attack. Banerjee pulled with power, hitting several meaty leg-side fours, and Harrison drove a couple of his own through extra cover. Both played very well. The stand was ended when Harrison was bowled for a season's high 17 (40 balls, 2 x 4). Another flurry of wickets followed: Boyke LBW for 1 (4 balls); Banerjee bowled for a Dog's best knock of 48 (57 balls, 1 x 6, 5 x 4), a really good knock. With Palmer still incapacitated, Andreas Oosthuizen joined his son to add 13 for the last wicket, the elder statesman rolling back time with one big hit for 6 before lobbing a catch to cover (6, 8 balls), leaving his son on 4 not out (9 balls). The final total of 154 all out from 31.5 overs left the Dogs losers by 54 runs.

Mad Dogs vs St. Columba's (Game 2): Sept 10

In the second game, the Dogs batted first, with Coates and a now-fit Palmer putting on 32 for the first wicket. Palmer was not at his most fluent, but hung in there against good quality new ball bowling for nearly 9 overs before being bowled for a rather lengthy duck, perhaps setting a new Dogs' record for consecutive dot-balls faced (25, to be precise). Prasanna came in meaning business after Saturday's disappointment, and he and Coates went after the bowling with a vengeance, putting in 46 in 7 overs with their trademark boundary shots to the fore. Prasanna was eventually bowled for 22 (24 balls, 1 x 6, 3 x 4). Kimberley replaced him to play a feisty knock, lit up by several meaty leg-side shots in a really good stand of 40 with Coates, whose good form continued. Kimberley's excellent innings of 22 (23 balls, 1 x 6, 2 x 4) ended when he lobbed a catch. Coates fell soon thereafter, LBW for a thoroughly impressive 57 (63 balls, 2 x 6, 7 x 4) that glued the early part of the innings together. Kojima wasn't at his most aggressive in his innings of 2 (12 balls) which ended with a flying stump. Chavan and Banerjee then added 41 in good style in the closing overs, hitting hard and running well to drag the total towards competitive heights. Both players did very well, Banerjee carrying on from his previous day's heroics. Chavan eventually drove a boundary catch (19, 28 balls, 2 x 4); Banerjee was bowled for 24 (27 balls, 1 x 6, 1 x 4). Harrison felt supremely confident with his new-found batting skills and promoted himself up the order - but was bowled first ballŠŠ.. In the last couple of overs, Trappler was run out for 1 (3 balls), a victim of the circumstances. Moore added 2 not out (3 balls), Rian Oosthuizen 1 not out (3 balls), smith did not bat. The total was 176 for 9 in 35 overs (we had agreed to bat 12).
Prasanna and Chavan opened the bowling for the Dogs, the former in his faster style, the latter in his slower. Prasanna splattered Langston's stumps in his first over, and another nice piece of fielding by Oosthuizen, with a return to Prasanna, did for Pawan as the short-singles' policy created another victim. Mayur, as on the previous day, dominated the innings, hitting very powerfully and, in general, running very well (he at least managed to preserve himselfŠŠ). An important stand with Imran was ended when Harrison took a nice low return catch, but Mayur then smashed Harrison out of the attack with a sequence of leg-side sixes. Coates, in a vigorous and effective spell, bowled Harsh and should have had Mayur to a snick that Palmer held well but the umpire turned down. When Mayur survived a line-call for a stumping that all but the umpire knew was out, we had a feeling we'd need to take quite a few wickets to win this oneŠŠ The runs mounted steadily, but we were still just about in the game, if only we could get Mayur out. Prasanna came back on and induced a snick from mayur, which Palmer couldn't cling onto (mind you it was traveling, and going up). Heads fell, but they rose next ball when there was an almost exact repeat, and this time Palmer held on to get rid of Mayur for 91. Kojima then bowled Buana with a nice little nip-backer, giving renewed help. With Mayur gone, Harrison felt it safe to re-introduce himself into the attack, immediately being rewarded with the wicket of Videt, thanks to a very sharp stumping by Palmer as the batsman's foot dragged. Moore also chipped in, bowling little floaters and causing Sandeep to top-edge a leg-side shot that was beautifully held by Kojima on the run. Unfortunately, that was that, and two veterans, Paresh and Khalid, batted very sensibly to knock off the last 20 runs needed, taking the score to 177 for 8, from 33.4 overs. St Columba's just about deserved to win, but Mayur's two "lives" and another blatant snick off Prasanna in the closing overs that also was not given did mean the Dogs always had an uphill task; these decisions, in effect, determined the outcome.

Prasanna 7-0-34-2
Chavan 5.4-0-32-0
Coates 7-0-32-1
Harrison 5-0-30-2
Kojima 4-0-21-1
Oosthuizen 1-0-10-0
Moore 4-0-21-1