Several Dulwich sides continued their title and promotion charges with good wins on Saturday.
The 2nd XI remain in charge of Divison 2 after comfortably beating Woking & Horsell on the road. The host's 101 was quickly passed with Raj Tulsiani, continuing another good season, smashing 56 not out off just 52 balls. Full report here. The early finishes were then glued to various social networks to hear news of the 3rd XI's dramatic one wicket win away at Ashtead. Sam Hunt (65) was the major contributor in the successful chase of Ashtead's 193. Skipper Graeme Hough details the excitement here – the win taking Dulwich up to second position in the Premier Division, five points behind Wimbledon.
A run of three straight wins has seen the 4th XI re-establish their Premier Division title challenge. Fifties for Zeeshan Chadhury (70) and Darren Cason (62*) made light work of a 145 run chase against local rivals Streatham & Marlborough after a good collective bowling and fielding effort. Full report here. The 4th XI are also second, six points behind Banstead.
Elsewhere, Ed Stolle lost the ball with a 6 from the first delivery of the game for the second time in two seasons, but the 1st XI were beaten by Worcester Park by seven wickets. Full report here. The 5th XI lost out to Orpington by 5 wickets (full report here) and the 6th XI were roundly beaten by Bexleyheath – the details of which you can eventually find in Jim Gibson's match report here.
On Sunday, the Academy finally got their first fixture of the season in. New skipper Pat George took 4-22 as Wimbledon were held to 188 all out, but Dulwich fell 68 runs short in reply. An incident-filled match saw the Development XI beat Cheam by 45 runs, which included our second lost ball 6 in the first over of a game – James Chudley the culprit this time as he went on to make 59. Full report here.