Helping hands required – Nat West Cricket Force day
This is a national initiative sponsored by Nat West where cricket clubs up and down the country get their grounds ready for the season. Our Cricket Force day is Saturday 28th March. There are a few tasks that are needed to improve our ground, most likely focused on gardening and painting (fencing, changing rooms, front of the pavilion, score box, etc). We should all have pride in our home ground so the more hands the merrier and the quicker things will get done. More information about the tasks will follow in due course.
We plan to start at around 2pm for a couple of hours, depending on numbers. This is also a good opportunity for a pre-season social gathering so food and drink will also form part of the day! Old and new members are welcome from all sections of the Cricket Club. More details to follow.
Time to dust off the cobwebs and turn your thoughts to the 2015 cricket season.
Date: Sunday 1st February to 12th April (no nets on Easter Sunday - 5th April)
Time: 12.00 – 2.00pm
Location: Dulwich College Sports Centre, Pond Cottages, London, SE21 7LE
Cost: £10 for full paying member, £5 for concessions (juniors, unemployed, students, etc)
Please note that there is no access for attendees to the Sports Centre car park; cars may be parked in the main Dulwich College car park (for a map see www.dcsportsclub.co.uk). Also note that existing members should bring their ID card; for new members you will be required to register with the Sports Centre and purchase an ID access card (£5).
We have 4 lanes booked with a maximum attendance at each session of 32 people to ensure they run smoothly. As in previous years attendance will be on a first come, first serve basis. These nets are open to all members and new players of all abilities.
Please contact Tim by e-mail or on his mobile 07979 483582 to book your place.
Juniors holiday cricket
Details of holiday training courses for junior players now available here.
Fixtures for 2015 now available
Family quiz night fundraiser
Ten teams tackled the Family Fun Quiz on Friday 27th February with Scared Shotless running out the winners scoring 161 runs. They were six runs clear of second place, with all the teams still in contention in the last round.
Gayle Double C won the prize for the “Best Power Play” over. Despite a slow over rate at the start the quiz gathered momentum and the last few overs saw some heavy run scoring despite the fading light. The result was not secure until the last ball when Scared Shotless managed to hit the six that kept their slender lead intact. Two captains were called in to see the match referees but both provided reasonable explanations for untidy scoresheets and returned to their teams with their runs unaffected. Two parents were caught with phones in suspicious circumstances, but appealed successfully and were allowed to stay in the quiz. The umpires' decisions were questioned on a couple of further occasions (who thinks wasabi is something regularly eaten with fish?) but without snicko, hotspot and replays the original decisions stood.
Umpires Beechey and Blackford managed (somehow) to control a slightly unruly crowd – many thanks to both of them for the effort they put in both preparing the quiz and on the night. Thanks also to all the attendees, who contributed to an enjoyable and successful evening. Funds raised on the night have brought our net nets fundraising efforts to more than £3,000 and we still have some great goodies in the prize pot!
Juniors pre-season get together and information evening
In lieu of our usual Sunday morning pre-season open day, we will be holding a social evening on Friday 26th April at 6pm to welcome new members to the club, provide information about training and playing arrangements for 2015, and have a general catch up, with the opportunity to ask questions of our coaches. There will be food available, a raffle, and an auction of recycled kit and equipment. Keep an eye on your email for more details.
2014 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.
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
020 8663 3582