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Sat 15th Sept – 1st XI v Cross Arrows

CROSS ARROWS 313-9 (50) lost to DULWICH 314-9 (49.5) by 1 wicket

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Fresh from winning four of their last five league games, Dulwich travelled to the Mecca of Cricket to play the Cross Arrows on the nursery ground at Lord’s. Dulwich faced a daunting total of 313, but a remarkable unbeaten partnership of 87 for the last wicket saw them secure a famous victory by one wicket off the penultimate ball.

 

The home side had first use of a good batting pitch with a short boundary on one side. The openers had put 50 on the board in nine overs against Jon Lodwick and Kamran Munawar when skipper James Overy fell to a good running catch on the boundary by Patrick George. George soon joined the attack and he and Sunil Isaac put a brake on the scoring, with George taking 2-19 off seven overs and Isaac 1-30 off eight to reduce Cross Arrows to 137-4 after 27.3 overs. George gave way to 14 year old leg spinner Ahmed Khan who produced a mixture of loose and challenging deliveries, and was unlucky not to take a wicket. Salaar Waqar came on at the other end and struck in his first over when Kira Chathli held on to a blinder at mid off, her second catch of the innings. Three more wickets for Waqar saw the score decline to 228-8 in the 42nd over. But this brought in left hander Clint McCabe, who peppered the short leg side boundary. He was particularly severe on George, who came back at the wrong end to concede 39 off two overs. McCabe fell to Sam Ellison in the 49th over with the score on 304, having made 59 off just 30 balls. The last pair lifted the score to 313-9, with number four bat Phil Wise remaining unbeaten with 87, having faced 100 balls. Waqar, with 4-44, was the most successful bowler.

 

Khan then opened the batting with Matt Balch, and made the early running before falling to Luke Sharp for 24 with the score on 42 in the 11th over. Skipper Ed Stolle was lbw in Sharp’s next over. Tight bowling kept Balch and Chathli down to 24 runs in eight overs before Chathli was bowled for 10. At 72-3 after 21 overs Dulwich were well behind the rate, but Waqar changed that with a commanding innings of 69 off just 35 balls. He added exactly 100 for the fourth wicket with Balch in 11.4 overs before being caught on the boundary off McCabe. Balch fell one run later, having held the innings together with a patient 54 off 99 balls. Ellison, who had earlier retired with blurred vision after just one ball, recovered to smash 37 off 20 balls in a stand of 46 in five overs for the sixth wicket with Assan Crawford-Khan. Ellison’s dismissal to McCabe in the 39th over was followed by the run out of Crawford-Khan in the 40th and the wickets of both Munawar and George to McCabe in the 41st. Dulwich had lost four wickets for eight runs as they declined to 227-9 after 41 overs.

 

With 87 runs needed off nine overs the match seemed as good as over. But Lodwick, who had amassed just four singles at this point, now treated McCabe with due respect while launching an assault at the other end, taking full advantage of the short off side boundary. He was given vital support by Isaac, who gave him the strike when he could and defended resolutely when he had to. Sharp, who had taken 2-26 in his first seven overs, was recalled to try and finish it off but was hit for 35 in three overs. Dominic Evans conceded 15 off the 48th to leave 20 required off the last two. But McCabe gave away just four runs off the 49th to leave 16 needed off Evans in the final over. Isaac took a single off the first ball, Lodwick hit the next two for six, and followed up with a two and a single to reach the target with one ball to spare. He had scored 78 out of the last wicket stand of 87, and finished with 82 not out off just 40 balls, with six fours and seven sixes.

 

This remarkable victory capped a magical day. The match was originally scheduled for last season as part of the club’s 150th anniversary celebrations, but was scuppered by the weather. Dulwich are grateful to their hosts for rearranging it for this season. It will have left a lasting memory for the players and officials, and the increasingly vociferous supporters who came along to watch it.

 

 

Sat 11 Aug – 1st XI v Walton on Thames

WALTON ON THAMES 167 (49.1) beat DULWICH 93 (34.5) by 74 runs

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Dulwich failed to take advantage of another superb spell by Salaar Waqar, and fell to defeat by 74 runs in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Walton on Thames.

 

Dulwich put their opponents in to bat on a damp pitch with erratic bounce, but despite a testing spell of six overs for 14 runs by Kamran Munawar were unable to get an early breakthrough. The openers had added 55 in 13 overs when Sam Ellison took the first wicket, removing skipper Dan Roberts for 20. Waqar joined the attack in the next over, and in a masterful display of off spin bowled his ten overs straight through to take five wickets for just 14 runs. Slow left armer Patrick George gave him good support at the other end in a spell of 1-13 off five overs. The spinners had reduced the league leaders from 66-1 in the 16th over to 94-7 in the 32nd. But after Waqar had completed his spell George and Alex Gledhill were unable to impose the same restraint. Number four bat Jamie Mann had watched the carnage from the other end, and was now joined by veteran Mark Bainbridge. The pair launched a counter attack, adding 33 together in 8.5 overs before George dismissed Mann for 27. Bainbridge continued the assault in company with Ben Monk. They added 38 in 8.4 overs before Ellison returned to dismiss Bainbridge, who had scored 46, the top score of the innings, off 57 balls. Munawar bowled the last man for a golden duck in the next over to dismiss Walton for 167. The last three wickets had added 73 runs in 18 overs.

 

Walton opened with the pace of Matt Nichols at one end and the spin of Monk at the other, but the latter proved ineffective, conceding 19 runs off three overs. Nick Hudson and skipper Ed Stolle had taken the score to 24 after seven overs when Stolle got a lifter from Nichols that he could only fend to slip. Guy Skinner joined Hudson and dug in while his partner went for his shots. The pair had added 26 in 5.5 overs when Hudson was dismissed for 29 (comprising seven fours and one single), and Skinner followed in the next over having faced 17 balls without scoring. Waqar only lasted seven balls, becoming the fourth wicket, and the third to fall with the score on 50. Ellison joined Matt Marfani in a stand of 25 for the fifth wicket. But there was to be no repeat of the tail end heroics of the first innings. Slow left armer Bainbridge and off spinner Eben Botha dismantled the rest of the batting, taking three wickets apiece as the batsmen picked out the fielders. Dulwich lost their last six wickets for 18 runs in 11.3 overs, to be all out for 93.

 

With the two teams below them also losing Dulwich remain in eighth place, seven points above Old Whitgiftians and eleven above Oxted & Limpsfield. Those two teams play each other next week, while Dulwich have a home match against Sanderstead, who are safely ensconced in the middle of the table. Dulwich will need to win to maintain their current position in the table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 2nd June – 1st XI v Kingstonian

DULWICH (135 all out) beat KINGSTONIAN (101 all out) by 34 runs.

Scorecard

Chasing Dulwich’s meagre total of 135, the home side collapsed from 100-5 to 101 all out as left-arm spinner Pat George took four of the last five wickets to fall without conceding a run.

Kingstonian won the toss and inserted Dulwich on a bowler-friendly wicket at Windsor Avenue. The move reaped an early dividend when visiting skipper Ed Stolle was dismissed by Shan for a duck. Fellow opener Guy Skinner was then caught behind off Aziz for 13, reducing Dulwich to 16-2 inside seven overs. Three of this season’s newcomers, George Pearson (24), Jonno Evans (18) and Matt Marfani (22), then steadied the innings but after reaching 112-5 the tail offered only token resistance and Dulwich were dismissed for 135 after 46.4 overs. H. Ahmed was Kingstonian’s most successful bowler, taking 4-21 off 12 overs.

Kingstonian’s innings also got off to a bad start when in the very first over Imran Khalid was caught behind by Evans off Kamran Munawar. Second wicket pair Haroon Ashfaq and Raza Sikandar immediately went on the attack and a flurry of boundaries took the score past the forty mark before pace bowler Assan Crawford-Khan removed them both, two more victims for wicket-keeper Evans. Number four bat A. Ahmed righted the ship and his knock of 31, the highest score of the match, guided Kingstonian’s to 100-5 and within sight of victory. But Ahmed’s dismissal, caught at square leg off Pat George, triggered an almighty collapse and the home side were all out for 101 in the 37th over. Pat George finished with figures of 4-10 off 5.5 overs, whilst fellow slow left-armer Alex Gledhill returned 2-23 from 14 overs and Crawford-Khan 2-12 from 7 overs.

Having got off the mark, Dulwich will be looking for further victories in the coming weeks to climb further up the table, but they face a tough task this Saturday (9th June) when they entertain second-placed Walton-on-Thames at Burbage Road (start 12.00 noon).

The weekend rounded-up – 27th August

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!

A full round-up of results is available here, with scorecards and tables on play-cricket.

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