Annual General Meeting 2014
The AGM of the Dulwich Cricket Club will be help on Thursday 13th November 2014 at 7.45pm in the Pavilion.
The AGM is a key meeting and an important opportunity for members to hear reports from captains, working groups and committee members. We also elect players to vice-captaincy roles and committee posts. Please get involved by being there, offering to take a role in your club and telling us about where you feel your club should be going – involvement is a great way to move us forward!
An agenda is available here.
Last years' minutes will be distributed in due course.
Rajesh Sanghi – 1971-2014
Update: There will be a meet on the evening of Saturday 18th October at the club from 7pm in memory of Rajesh.
I am very sorry to inform you that Rajesh Sanghi, a former player has succumbed to a heart attack on Saturday (October 4) in the Maldives where he was holidaying. Rajesh was only 42 years old.
Rajesh played as an overseas player for Dulwich in the 1993 season appearing in 37 matches. He scored 1,522 runs at an average of 44.76 making three centuries and thirteen fifties. His highest score was 125 for the Saturday 1st XI against Reigate Priory. In that match he actually 'scored' two centuries in that game as he also took 4-102 in the Reigate innings. That may well be unique in the history of the Club! In the 1st XI Surrey Championship matches, he made 562 runs at an average of 35.13.
Bowling his leg spin, he took 50 wickets at an average of 23.32. His best bowling figures were 7-49 for the Sunday 1st XI against Three Bridges. He also took eighteen catches, more than any other outfielder that season.
Rajesh was a very popular figure on and off the field where his unassuming manner and great charm were very evident. He continued to keep in touch with the club through regular business visits to theUK and through Dulwich tours to the sub-continent. Rajesh had started his career with the Mumbai Under-15 side where he captained Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Jatin Paranjpe in the Vijay Merchant Trophy organised by the BCCI. After playing at Dulwich he went on to play for Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy. He made 108 and shared a partnership of 217 runs with Pravin Amre on his first-class debut againnst Madhya Pradesh in Udaipur in November 1993. Surprisingly Rajesh managed just three more appearances in the longer format and four List A matches.
In his only first-class season he finished with an aggregate of 218 runs at an average of 27.25, and picked up four wickets with his part-time leg spin.
Rajesh came back to the UK in 1994 to study at Warwick University where he kept in touch with his Dulwich team mates. He was soon making his way in the world of commerce with some success. His father, Ranjan was owner of Sah and Sanghi Motors in Mumbai and as heir, Ramesh was expected to lead the business.
Ever failingly polite but determined, Rajesh was a bright and articulate friend and a great team mate. Rajesh was a stylish batsman who enjoyed his cricket and made a real mark at Dulwich. Rajesh was happily married and had two daughters. We extend our sympathy to his family who have suffered a grievous loss. His funeral was held on Tuesday attended by many of his former teammates. We know that Rajesh also represented Podar College, the Dadar Union Sporting Club and the Cricket Club of India. We understand that his friends appeared devastated with a few of them arriving from abroad for the funeral. “How could this happen to a guy who was so fit, so young and so nice,” was the common refrain.
At the time of his death, Rajesh was training on the beach in the Maldives whilst preparing to participate in the 21k category of the 2015 Mumbai Marathon.
Kanak Patel has been in touch with friends in the Cricket Club of India (CCI) and will be able to add further news. On behalf of all those who knew Rajesh, could I conclude by saying that Dulwich has lost a true friend and cricket has lost a great ambassador.
The season rounded up
Dulwich made it three 4th XI Premier Division titles in four years at the end of a successful 2014 season. A strong bowling attack performed throughout the season. Skipper Graeme Hough (24 wickets at 10.79), Player of the Year Prasanna Callaghan (22 at 19.45), David Woods (22 at 14.59) and Giles Constantine (18 at 17.94) all made excellent contributions and there were runs for Julian Dean (283 at 25.72), Shahab Khan (218 at 24.22), Obafemi Shokoya (210 at 26.25) and Hough (205 at 34.16). The team won 12 of their 15 completed matches and finished 24 points ahead of second place Wimbledon. Congratulations to everyone involved across the season!
Elsewhere, a fine run of form saw the 1st XI finish 5th in Division 2 having overcome some early season wobbles to string together an excellent run of wins after June. Overseas star Michael Currey led the way with the bat, scoring 687 runs at 68.70 – including a superb 104 against Worcester Park in July and 98* as Dulwich's winning run really got going against Horsley & Send. With the ball, 1st XI Player of the Season Naeem Iqbal (25 wickets at 20.12) and Alex Gledhill (21 at 20.09) both displayed quality and commitment over the course of the season. James Balmforth was ever reliable behind the sticks, recording 18 victims.
2014 was a struggle for the 2nd XI with their fall to Divison 2 being confirmed after losing a relegation shoot-out with Beddington on the final day of the season. Their plight would have been far greater, however, without the form and reliability of 2nd XI Player of the Year Chris Ford. Playing his first full season of 2nd XI cricket, Ford finished fourth in the league charts with 518 at 47.09 – including a magnificent 113 against Cheam in an opening stand of 221 with Zakir Rostami. Rostami also contributed with 334 runs at 27.83, 17 wickets at 23.94 and some captaincy responsibility in Gareth Cornick's absence – as did Dan Peters, who also took 22 victims with the gloves. They will look to bounce back quickly to Division 1 again next season.
The 3rd XI experienced a mixed season, suffering most from the usual flux in Dulwich cricketers' availability and finishing 7th in the Premier Division. There were several big victories recorded across the campaign, and almost as many heavy defeats as 54 players were utilised in a variety of different roles. Euan Johnson showed some fantastic early season form, hitting 187 runs at 62.33 in the first four fixtures before deservedly making his way up the Dulwich teams to the 1st XI, but no one consistently dominated with the bat over the 18 league matches. 3rd XI Player of the Year and vice-captain Jeremy Jones took 19 wickets at 19.47 and Jordan Hancock proved himself a very useful cricketer with 18 wickets at 17.61 and some excellent fielding displays.
Tim Brown's 5th XI diced with relegation all season, but saved themselves at the last with victory on the final day of the season. Brown was ever-dependable, taking it upon himself to open the batting in the latter half of the season and contributing 155 runs and 18 wickets. He was ably supported by opening bowlers Simon Peters (19 wickets at 16.31 and Player of the Year) and Alf Grimsey (18 wickets at 21.88) – while young off-spiner Sudhaker Rethinasamy continued his excellent development with 15 wickets at 20.13.
The 6th XI ended up 7th in the South Thames 2C league – affording opportunities to a host of players, both young and old, to enjoy competitive Saturday cricket. Skipper Matt Craig topped the batting (164 runs at 27.33) and bowling (18 wickets at 13.83) charts, while Colin Tucker picked up the 6th XI Player of the Year award.
On Sundays, the Academy XI continued to put in some excellent Surrey Trust league performances and enable the development of many of Dulwich's promising young players, qualifying from their group before losing their play-off match against a strong Guildford side. Euan Johnson proved himself an exciting and innovative captain, and batted well making 171 runs in their six games at 34.20, while over-age player Zakir Rostami hit 184 at 36.80. Young spin trio Dan Anthony, Patrick George and Ben Swanson all performed with skill and maturity across the campaign – George was selected as Academy Player of the Year.
The Development XI, lead by John Lawrence, played a range of friendly fixtures across 2014, supporting the development of around 20 young players, picking up some exciting victories along the way and ensuring everyone had the chance to improve their skills and take part. Player of the Year was Ryan Anthony.
The Dulwich Ladies team season highlights included a tight defeat of East Herts (by 3 runs) and an excellent victory over Tunbridge Wells by five wickets in a Super 8s fixture. Kira Chatli shone with the bat, making 258 runs at 36.85, including two half-centuries. Theo Beck hit 122 at 30.50 and Lyndsay Morton picked up 10 wickets at 19.60 with her bowling.
Many thanks to our sponsors Simpson Travel and all the scorers, umpires and other volunteers who dedicated their time to helping contribute to another enjoyable season at Dulwich CC.
Under 11s bring home the cup!
The DCC U11s won a tight, topsy turvy final against Sutton to win the NEC Surrey cup at Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians on Sunday 31st August. All the boys played their part in a terrific win but special mention goes to Isaac Shaw for a tremendous performance with bat and ball. You can read a full season round-up for all the junior teams here. Also find out about all our junior award winners this season who were announced at Juniors Day 2014 in September.
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