DULWICH 185 lost to OLD RUTLISHIANS 187-3 by 7 wickets
On a day when all six Dulwich sides lost, the First XI set the trend with a seven wicket thrashing at the hands of Old Rutlishians in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship.
Dulwich chose to bat, but found scoring difficult against accurate bowling, with only 19 runs coming from the first ten overs. The opening stand had advanced to 38 in the 14th over when three wickets went down in successive overs. Michael Currey fell for a painstaking 12 off 41 balls, to be quickly followed by Ed Stolle, whose 26 had come from 44 balls, and Stuart Ferguson for a single. Tom Savill got the scoreboard moving with 19 off just 16 balls before being fourth out with the score on 67. Ed Hopkins then took over, making 49 off 60 balls while dominating a stand of 61 in 16 overs for the fifth wicket with Oliver Steward, who went on to make 20 off 63 balls on his first team debut. Their dismissals were followed by a steady stream of wickets as the subsequent batsmen tried to force the pace. The later stages were enlivened by Jon Lodwick, who made 28 off 26 balls before being last man out from the fifth ball of the 50th over with the score on 185.
The Dulwich bowlers were unable to apply the same pressure, delivering a succession of wides and loose balls and seeing edges racing to the boundary. Openers Salman Mohammed, son of former Pakistan captain Mushtaq, and Dan Hill added 47 in 8.3 overs for the first wicket before Lodwick had Mohammed caught behind by Hopkins for 25. Hill and skipper Joe Riches then proceeded serenely towards their target, with only Salaar Waqar, who conceded just three runs off his first five overs, imposing any restraint. The stand had reached 99 when Hill fell in the most unlikely manner, caught and bowled by Stolle in his first over of the season after making 66, off 98 balls. Ferguson dismissed Riches for 46 with the score on 158, but Dulwich were unable to make any further inroads as Old Rutlishians reached their target with 8.2 overs to spare.
Dulwich pick up just two points from this match, but were fortunate in that none of their main rivals did much better on a day when the top five clubs beat the bottom five. Nonetheless Cheam managed to pick up four points from their defeat by Worcester Park, thereby pushing Dulwich into ninth place. Next week’s visit to bottom club Ashford is therefore crucial if Dulwich are to have any chance of escaping the drop.