The penultimate weekend of the Surrey Championship saw key matches taking place for the 1st and 4th XIs.
At Burbage Road, the 1st XI had to beat visitors Esher to take their promotion push from Division 2 into the final weekend of the season. Tom Savill (94) continued his excellent season with his sixth half-century in ten appearances and at 133-1 Dulwich looked set to post a very competitive total. Unfortunately momentum was lost and they were dismissed for 188 – a target that Esher chased down for the loss of three wickets. A full report is here. Much progress made from last season and Alex Gledhill’s men, seen deep in contemplation below, will look to come back stronger again in 2017.
A final day title shootout will take place after the 4th XI lost by two wickets to Wimbledon at the DSG. Will Cooper (51) contributed a half-century in Dulwich’s 205-9 in 45 overs. In reply, Wimbledon snuck to 208-8 with a few overs to spare despite the best efforts of David Knightbridge (9-2-33-4) - full report here. So the season goes down to the wire next Saturday, with a strong looking side set to battle it out with Spencer and regain the Premier Division title.
Saturday’s only victors were their 3rd XI who recorded a satisfying win to stop their Wimbledon counterparts winning their Premier Division title – handing it instead to Spencer. A tough wicket and lengthy outfield meant Dulwich were reasonably content to crawl to 118 all out in 45.4 overs. A succession of wickets followed, with Wimbledon falling 14 runs short in reply – all the action described here.
Divison 2 champions the 2nd XI suffered a title-winning hangover with a four wicket defeat on the road at Esher (full report here) and the 6th XI lost by the same margin against Bexley – James Worley making 54 not out in Dulwich’s 158-7 and Josh Nava taking 4-40 with the ball (full report here) . There was no 5th XI league game on Saturday.
More silverware is up for grabs next weekend when the Academy face Sunbury Chieftains in the Wasim Raja Shield Final after beating Sanderstead in their semi-final on Sunday. Young off-spinner Jonny Stone was the star with the ball, taking three of the top four wickets and helping reduce the visitors to the DSG to 119 all out – a target that was seen off with minimal fuss for the loss of four wickets. Full report here. The final will be played this Sunday at Banstead CC – 1pm start. All support welcome!