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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.

Sat 27th Aug – 1st XI v Esher

DULWICH 188 (46.5) lost to ESHER 190-3 (37.4) by 7 wkts


Dulwich’s hopes of promotion evaporated as they threw away an encouraging start to slide to a seven wicket defeat in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match against Esher.

With the teams level on points and needing to win to stay in the promotion race, this was a crucial contest for them both. Esher surprisingly opted to field on winning the toss, despite a delay to their opening bowler Henry Foster (son of former Essex and England seamer Neil), which meant he might be over an hour late and would not be allowed to bowl until he had been on the field for as long as he had been off it. In the event he arrived 57 minutes late, so could not bowl until the innings had been in progress for 114 minutes.

The Dulwich innings was opened by Ed Stolle and Tom Savill, who posted their seventh half-century partnership in nine starts. This week it was Savill’s turn to take the lead, and he had already reached 46 when Stolle was bowled by John Mason for 18, with the score on 69 after 13 overs. Stuart Ferguson then joined Savill and played a similar supporting role as they took the score to a seemingly commanding 133-1 after 30 overs.

At this point the umpires confirmed that Foster was cleared to bowl, and he responded by removing Ferguson for 19 with his second ball, and Will Bancroft first ball with his third. Left arm spinner Nick Winder then followed up with two wickets in his next two overs, removing Naeem Iqbal and Ed Towner. Dulwich had gone from 133-1 to 136-5 in the space of 18 balls, with their numbers four, five and six scoring one run between them. Savill and Salaar Waqar added 25 in six overs before Savill was caught behind off Mason for 94 off 114 balls. This was his fifth half century of the season in nine innings, and equaled his highest score. It takes his aggregate to 476 runs at an average of 59.50.

Waqar fell in the next over for 14 with the score on 167. Leon Sealy (14), Levi Olver (6) and Kamran Munawar (2) provided some late resistance before Foster removed all three in ten balls to dismiss Dulwich for 188. Foster finished with 6-19 off 8.5 overs, while Winder bowled his ten overs straight through for 2-30, and keeper Alex Martin picked up four catches. Dulwich had lost their last nine wickets for 55 runs in 16.4 overs.

Dulwich needed early wickets and Iqbal, returning from injury, obliged by removing the opposition skipper in his second over. But neither he, Munawar nor Sealy were able to make any further inroads. Martin joined Mark Hopkinson and the pair had lifted the score to 83 after 15 overs when skipper Alex Gledhill had Hopkinson well caught by Savill at slip for 43. Gledhill was soon joined in the attack by fellow spinners Olver and Waqar. All three bowled first spells of six overs for 27 runs, but no more wickets fell until Martin and overseas player Shoaib Khan had lifted the score to 170 in the 36th over. Olver returned for a second spell and had Martin caught by Gledhill for 95, also scored off 114 balls, but that was the last wicket to fall as Khan and Mason saw their side to a seven wicket victory with 12.1 overs to spare.

Victory in this match would have lifted Dulwich to second in the table, but defeat means that Esher have that reward while Dulwich slip two places to sixth. Their final match next week is against bottom club Purley, who are already relegated. Dulwich will be hoping for a victory to lift them to a top five finish.

Sun 8th May – T20 XI v Old Whitgiftians

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.

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2 June: The Sevens Win on Tour!

Weekly update 27th to 30th May- the Sevens win on tour!  



7s victory nears at Witham Friary, Somerset on Sunday

 (Thursday, 2 June)  On the 4th Annual tour to Somerset and Wiltshire over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend the 7th team won their first game of the season alongside two losses and one abandoned fixture.  Given the characters on the trip I imagine there was a lot of “well informed and considerate debate about a variety of issues facing the world today”. See the tour pics in two galleries>>

 On Saturday the 1sts played their last limited over game for the first part of the season and had another win to be at 3 wins and a loss and in 2nd spot although the top 5 are all within 1 point of each other.   At home against Farnham and on a helpful wicket our seam attack bowled well and with a good spell of left arm spin from Levi Olver they were all out for 151 in the 50th over.  In reply Majeed Jehangir again top scored as we won by 5 wickets in the penultimate over.

 No close game for the 2nds this week as they came up against a strong Wimbledon side 202 for 8 eked out in the 50 overs, James Siddle top score with 45.  Wimbledon got them 1 down and didn’t really give a chance.

 The 3rds were on top at DSG against Wimbledon with Charlie Kemp scoring his second century in a row.  A chanceless (until the end) 103 as we made 199 for 8.  Good bowling and fielding left Wimbledon requiring 30 off the last two overs but unfortunately some loose bowling and fielding under pressure allowed them to sneak home. Read the full report here>>

 No such dramas for the 4ths as they thrashed last year’s champions.  A fifty for Joel and Tarun 40* as we made 208 for 6.  We then bowled them out for 41 in 18 overs.  David Gritton the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 17.

 For the 2nd week in a row the 5ths lost a close game to an unbeaten team – Bromley Common.  We bowled and fielded well with Deb Biswas taking 5 for 24 on his return to Dulwich.  At 40 for 0 we had a chance and at 89 for 7 we had made it tough for ourselves.  Finally all out 10 runs short with 3 balls left. Read the full report here>>

The 6ths also lost to Old Elthamians (their 3rd team).  We made 184 for 6 with 50s for Alan Clarke and Mal Persaud.  They made them with 6 overs and 4 wickets to spare. Match gallery here>>

 On Sunday the 2s easily beat Alleyn Ad-hoc with Majeed Jehangir scoring 100 not out in a total of 280 for 6 and Qasim Hussain taking 5 wickets as we bowled them all out for 161.  In the Development side Tom Barnard took 5 for 57 as Old Tenisonians made 197 for 7.  Julian Dean then scored 90 as we came just short on 193 for 8 and that rare result – a draw. 

 - Tim Brown