OLD WHITGIFTIANS 166-7 (20) lost to DULWICH 170-5 (17.5) by 5 wickets
Dulwich completed a successful weekend by chasing down a challenging target of 167 at Old Whitgiftians in the Surrey Championship T20.
The home side chose to bat, and got off to a flier as Chris Thompson, a former Dulwich player who also represented England Under 19s and Leicestershire, smashed 48 off just 25 balls, taking a particular liking to the bowling of James Bridgland. His dismissal with the score on 80 after nine overs brought in keeper Will Page, who faced just 17 balls while scoring 28 of the next 33 runs, lifting his side to 113-3 after 13 overs. Spinners Levi Olver and skipper Alex Gledhill imposed some restraint, bowling their eight overs in tandem to take 3-54, but some late blows by skipper Luke Fisher, whose 17 not out came off just seven balls, took Old Whits to 166-7 off their 20 overs.
In reply Luke Cheadle fell in the first over, but this brought in Richard King, who proceeded to smite 34, comprising seven fours and a six, off just 15 balls. His partnership of 53 in 4.5 overs with Tom Savill set the momentum for the innings. After his dismissal Savill took over, taking his score to 67 off just 41 balls. Ed Hopkins fell for 8 (off six balls) to make it 62-3 after seven overs. Naeem Iqbal then played second fiddle to Savill, contributing just eight to a fourth wicket partnership of 57 in 5.2 overs. After Savill’s dismissal at 119-4 after 12.2 overs Iqbal took the lead, adding 32 in four overs for the fifth wicket with Matt Balch, who was run out for 9 off ten balls, and 19 undefeated for the sixth with Leon Sealy. Iqbal finished on 43 off just 27 balls, and Sealy on 5 off five, as they saw their side to an impressive victory with 13 balls to spare.