Dulwich CC introduce The John Lawrence Award – sponsored by haart

In recognition of the long service and outstanding contribution that Johh Lawrence has made to the club, we have introduced a new trophy to be awarded each season to the player who has made the biggest contribution and displayed real commitment to the club. In future years this will be awarded on a 3-2-1 points basis in every senior competitive match – including the senior teams, the academy and ladies games. In 2015 the selection committee and captains nominated and selected the winner. Nominations were received for 12 players all of whom had outstanding seasons – Ed Stolle, Salaar Waqar, Nick Hudson, Raj Tulsiani, Gareth Cornick, Abu Arabi, Patrick George, Kamran Munuwar, Graeme Hough, Julian Dean, Ubaid Obadullah and Kira Chathli.

We are delighted announce at our recent awards evening that the inaugural winner of this award was the deserving Kira Chathli who not only had an outstanding season for the Ladies team but also made her debut in the senior sides. Kira showed many that she has the potential to develop into an outstanding cricketer if she continues with the same commitment to and enjoyment of the game. It was especially pleasing that Kira’s family and teammates were there to see her pick up the award. In second place was Graeme Hough who yet again had an amazing season as he set the standard that the rest of us should try and follow. Third was Julian Dean who scored a masses of runs in the 4th team and was a considerable help to John Lawrence in the Sunday Development team.

At the awards dinner John Lawrence was delighted to present the trophies to all three and Kira picked up the main award of the night to go with her Players Player of the Year win. We acknowledge the great support of haart and were delighted they were in attendance for the evening.

Players of the Season announced at Awards Dinner

At our recent AGM and Annual dinner the following people won awards. Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to our sponsors haart for their continued support of Dulwich CC! Kira Chathli winner of the John Lawrence Award, The Players Player of the Year and the Ladies Player of the Year an outstanding season (see separate article for more detail and the other nominations) Graeme Hough 2nd in the John Lawrence Award Julian Dean 3rd in the John Lawrence Award and 4th team player of the year Sam Krafft winner of the John Smith Award for contribution to the club

Ed Stolle – 1st XI Player of the Year
Raj Tulsiani – 2nd XI Player of the Year
Jeremy Jones – 3rd XI Player of the Year
Julian Dean – 4th XI Player of the Year
Lyndsay Morton – 5th XI Player of the Year
Jim Gibson – 6th XI Player of the Year

Academy Player of the Year – Patrick George

Development Player of the Year – Theo Chaudoir

The Lillee Award for a Junior Under 15 – Jonny Stone

The Whitbread Award for a Junior playing in Senior teams – Sam Ellison

Long time player Prasanna Callaghan provided a stunning curry to form the basis of a splendid evening for around 70 members. There was good representation from all sections of the club with the Juniors, Ladies and Volunteers being joined by all the senior teams. We thank Prasanna and his team for putting on such a meal which was well received. Thanks also to Noreen and her team at the bar who helped the night continue rather longer and later than thought, and to raffle ticket seller Matt Balch. Matt Craig also deserves thanks for selling the selection of wines and Zakir Rostami for being the designated photographer. Matt Dixon hosted the haart table and we were delighted to welcome our special guests to this celebratory event. We do really appreciate their contribution to our club. Alex Gledhill and Lyndsay Morton also provided the tunes for the evening. Thanks to Matt, John Smith and Tim Brown for organising the event.

As well as the awards thanks to all the volunteers was given particularly John and Jackie Howard, Sam Kraft, Allen Blackford, Keith Hunter, David Beck, Noreen, John Lewis and Jenny Pratt. Without our off field support we couldn’t operate as a club.

Graeme Hough gave a typical low key but tough speech praising all our teams and the various award winners and noting that local community cricket provided a really important role in the community and was able to hold its head up high whilst professional sport continued to stumble from scandal to scandal. As always Graeme set some teams the target of improving their performance next season.

New Committee elected at the Dulwich AGM

At our AGM on the 12th November the new committee for the 2016 season was elected (and some late appointments just after the meeting). Please get behind the team and provide your time, energy and ideas as we push Dulwich forward to be the best club it can possibly be.

President – John Smith
Treasurer & Sports Club Council – Andrew Inglis
Secretary – Dan Peters
Team and Fixture Secretary – John Lawrence
Chair of Cricket – Graeme Hough
1st XI Captain – Alex Gledhill
Juniors Coordinator - Keith Hunte
Ladies Representatives – Lyndsay Morton & Jacqui Harris-Baker
Entertainments & Fundraising – Matt Dixon
Ground & Works – Matt Balch
Membership, Communications and Social Media – Oliver Steward
Lettings – Matt Craig
Welfare Officer – Vanessa Slade
General Committee – Jenny Pratt & Pan Pylas
Council Representative – Stuart Harmer

Thanks at the meeting were extended to the following members who have served on the committee but are stepping down for 2016 – Anja Kauschel, Tim Brown, Richard Blench and Alex Gledhill (who is back in another role).

Dulwich Cricket Appointments 2016

At the AGM on the 12th Nov the following captaincy and management roles were agreed for 2016

1st XI Captain – Alex Gledhill (v/c Ed Stolle)
2nd XI Captain – James Bridgland (v/c Oliver Steward)
3rd XI Captain – Graeme Hough (v/c Andy Bailey)
4th XI Captain – Matt Dixon (v/c Simon Bailey)
5th XI Captain – Simon Peters (v/c tbc)
6th XI Captain – John Smith (v/c tbc)

Ladies Captains – Lyndsay Morton and Kira Chathli

Academy Manager – Graeme Hough
Development Team Captain – John Lawrence (v/c Tony Ebert)

Thanks to those captains who are standing down Michael Currey, Gareth Cornick, Tim Brown, Matt Craig and Euan Johnson for their hard work over the previous seasons.


We are pleased to announce that we have been re-awarded Clubmark accreditation, recognising our commitment to providing the right environment for ensuring the welfare of our members and encouraging everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.

Fireworks night

Many thanks to all the parents and friends of the Club who came to the Bonfire party at the Sports Club on Saturday. It is a great earner for the club but also a special family occasion in Dulwich. All the sections pitch in and once more Stewart Harmer has led the way.

Stewart was grateful to John and Jackie Howard for the use of his gazebo and barbecue. He was well supported by a small band of volunteers on the night including Jenny Pratt, Allen Blackford, Mike Owen, Tony, Hannah and Thomas Cable. Stewart also roped in his friends James & Elaine, Steve Pollard, Justin Sutton, Tom’s mate Rod and Jim from Croquet.

Stewart was there early setting up on Saturday and also there clearing up on Sunday morning with Simon from the SCST.

A great team effort – well done and thank you.

We need more helpers next year!

Squash offer for cricket players

The new squash season started at Dulwich on 1st October – with a special winter membership scheme for available for Dulwich cricketers.

Members of the cricket section are able to join from from 1 Oct 2015 to 31 March 2016 for just £70.

If cricket members enjoy the experience and decide they want to carry on with their squash membership then they would pay the discounted full squash membership rate from 1 April 2016 for the rest of the season (till 30 Sept 2016).

For more information please contact Graham Ashton on graham.ashton@btopenworld.com

The weekend rounded up – 5th September

The end of the league season on Saturday and Sunday brought different fortunes for Dulwich’s teams. The most important fixture was the 1st at Purley where we needed a win or at the very least 3 points to avoid relegation from the 2nd division of the Surrey Championship. In a solid batting display the two Eds, Hopkins with 44 and Stolle with 86 continued their own good late season individual form to help us get to 209 for 7. Two points gained. We used seven bowlers to try to wrest control from Purley but were not quite able to do so as they won by 4 wickets but we did manage to pick up another 2 points to just finish 1 point above Cheam. If points had been level we would have stayed up anyway as we had won more games.

The fourth team went into the game top of the league but in losing the toss had the worst of the conditions. Batting first we made a total of 169 and despite a solid all round bowling effort we were only able to get a strong Reigate Priory side 8 down. Wimbledon thus won the league and we slipped back into 3rd place. So ended a pretty successful season tinged with sadness at coming up just a bit short in continuing the 4s great recent record.

The Ladies on Sunday also just missed out on the Twenty20 title. Two games in the day and losing to eventual winners Catford Wanderers in a low scoring and tight game in the first game was crucial. We didn’t let the disappointment upset us in the second game as star of the season Kira Chathli (67*) and skipper Lyndsay Morton (26*) combined in an unbeaten opening partnership of 113 for a 10 wicket win over Leeds & Broomfield. The Ladies also finished third following their 6th place in the 40 over competition earlier in the season.

The fifth team weren’t playing but missed out on promotion as other results refused to go our way. Losing three games to bottom half sides eventually cost us dear. The sixth team did play and lost a lowscoring game at DSG to HSBC finishing 8th in the division. No doubt availability and pullouts across the teams cost us in terms of consistency of performance.

The third team won despite a rather dramatic start. 7 wickets down at drinks we eventually made 184 with Nick Frith a quick fire 47 and the ever dependable Jeremy Jones 49 rescuing the team. A solid bowling performance with Graeme Hough 3 for 10 and Ben Lester 4 wkts spinning us to victory. A season thatstarted well and then risked relegation ended up with us in 4th place although 4th, 5th and 6th ended up on exactly the same points.

Another promising season for the second team where we were ultimately unsuccessful in our promotion challenge also ended with a win at Dulwich against Purley. After we made 191 with Tom Savill 48, Raj 46 and skipper Gareth Cornick 55 contributing the bulk of the runs a really strong all round bowling performance saw us win by 42 runs. In the end we finished 4th in the table with many fine individual performances just not able to keep the team consistently in the promotion places.

Whilst the important thing is the success of the sides it is worth noting the following individual seasons. Julian Dean was the highest scorer in the whole of the 4th team premier division with 543 runs and Graeme Hough (42 wkts) far ahead with the most wickets in the 3rd team premier division. Close behind were Kamran Munawar with the ball and Raj Tulsiani with the bat in finishing in 2nd and 3rd spots in the stats for the division. Kira Chathli also had an amazing season with games for Surrey, the Ladies and both the 5th and 6th mens teams. She scored 585 runs for the ladies with an average of 146.25 – I suspect we will be seeing a bit more of Kira over the coming seasons.

Now for a few months off before pre season training.

Have you seen our photo galleries?

Some excellent photographs from the 1st XI's match with Cheam at Burbage Road on 25th July can be found here in our galleries. Many thanks to Andy Cornick for these.

Junior teams success!

Click here for news of some outstanding performances from our youth section.

Dulwich CC announce haart as new sponsor

Dulwich Cricket Club are very proud to announce local estate agent haart as the new club sponsor. The agreement is a joint partnership with the haart branches based in Dulwich, Crystal Palace and Camberwell and will enable the club to significantly improve facilities over the next couple of seasons.

Club president John Smith formally signed the deal yesterday: "We want to thank haart very much for their support of Dulwich Cricket Club. This is an exciting deal that will help us to continue working towards many of the playing and developmental goals that the club has."

Divisional Lettings Director at haart Sharief Ibrahim, said: “The cricket club is well established in the local area and has both adult and youth teams. The catchment area mirrors that of the three haart branches, who are providing a significant investment, so it seemed like the perfect match. The teams at Dulwich, Crystal Palace and Camberwell haart are very pleased to be sponsoring Dulwich Cricket Club and hope that our contribution and partnership will help with the maintenance of the club. We are always keen to support local organisations such as this, as we feel they are vital to the great sense of community that exists in the area.”

haart have expressed a keen interest developing a long term and active relationship with Dulwich Cricket Club reflecting our strong position within the local South London community.

haart is the UK's largest independent estate agent. Every year, haart helps tens of thousands of people buy, sell, let or rent their home through its network of over 100 branches. Find out more about the services they can offer you at www.haart.co.uk.

Discounted kit

A reminder that Beckenham Cricket Specialists (owned by club member Peter Rice) offer 20% discount off the retail price across the entire cricket range, to all club members & families.

New 2015 cricket ranges now in stock – at prices that compete with all the major online cricket specialists.

Beckenham Cricket Specialist

181A High Street
Beckenham Kent

020 8663 3582