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Sat 15th July – 3rd XI v Malden Wanderers

DULWICH 218 (41.4) lost to MALDEN WANDERERS 271-5 (53.5)

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On a drizzly, murky Saturday in New Malden, Dulwich had hopes to conquer and challenge the top four in the league. Malden Wanderers on the other hand were fighting a battle against relegation having won just 2 of their 11 games this season. A one-sided match on paper, but unbeknownst to us it wasn’t to be.

Dulwich won the toss and elected to bowl on a wet, sticky wicket with boundaries barely reaching 40 yards. Dreams of bowling the opposition out cheaply, knocking the runs off in style for an early finish followed by a night filled with desperate tinder-swiping ensued. It was a mix of the youth and the wise, Max Swanson and Chris Hope, to take the new ball. The dreams however, were soon to be shattered by the Malden openers, Hammond and Walters, who took advantage of the short boundaries from the get-go. The opening bowlers, steaming in on uneven ground, struggled to hit their marks in wet conditions. A top-edge from Hammond off a quick, short ball from Swanson flew over the keeper for six; revealing the sort of day it was going to be. A couple of full tosses from Hope, who on Thursday had called “shotgun” on doing the match report, were duly dispatched to the square leg fence. After being shunned out of the attack and seeing his bowling figures (6-0-29), his enthusiasm for the match report quickly faded. Knighty, back from nursing a broken hand took his mark. By now though, the openers were set and continued to use the short boundaries to their advantage. Drinks provided some respite, with the score at 110 odd for none after 25.

There was a change in tempo after drinks, with the dual spin of Gokhul and Patrick putting the squeeze on the opening pair. Less than 30 came off the next 10 overs. Without a wicket though, Dulwich knew that an assault was coming. All we could do was continue the squeeze and pray for a dismissal. The opening pair started to accelerate, with Hammond choosing the sweep as his method of attack. The spin-twins held their nerve well to minimise the damage, but something needed to give. Faz decided it was time for some well-directed terrible chat to Hammond, letting him know that he wouldn’t want to get out so close to a century. Then it happened, the ball was tossed up and induced the false shot. Hammond was dismissed, LBW to Ghokul for 92, with Faz quick to claim the wicket as his own.

The Malden number 3, who had been in a helmet having throw-downs for two and a half hours strolled out onto the field, only to be sent back by the skipper and replaced by their big-hitter. And big did he hit it, despatching his first ball to the square leg fence and the second over cow-corner for mammoth six. That was to be the end of it though, being adjudged LBW to Patrick for 11. The onslaught had started, and a few cameos from Malden’s middle order racked up the runs despite Swanson’s valiant efforts at the death. The declaration came leaving Dulwich needing 272 off 47 overs for the win. A special mention to Patrick, who kept things tight in the middle, finishing with 14-2-31-1.

Faz and Cian were sent out to face the music. Cian fell early, edging a full delivery from Bateman through to the keeper. Faz at other end started well, despatching some short balls from Bateman to the boundary and bullying Bryant, the under-13 opening bowler, out of the attack by smashing him over his head and through the covers. The change in bowling worked for Malden with Faz, in Quinton De Kock-esque style, inside-edging a pull onto his pads with the ball ricocheting towards the stumps. In a desperate attempt to save his wicket, he ensured he was out by attempting to kick away the ball, but accidentally kicking his stumps. Dismissed for 20 runs off 13 balls wasn’t what he envisioned when he was practicing his switch hit against a 45mph bowling machine mid-week.  Darren Cason and Andy Kean continued with the aggression; Darren looking in sublime form and Andy flicking the seam bowling of Bateman over square for a glorious six. The pair reached 66 off 11 overs, until Darren nicked one to the keeper off Hopkins for 25. Andy followed soon after for 18, smashing one straight back to the bowler who took a sharp catch. It was up to Bails and Patrick to rebuild, but Patrick was soon back on the bench for 5. Enter Jonny Stone, with the score at 108 for 5 after 20 overs.

On the sideline, Knighty revealed plans to purchase a “towel t-shirt”. Starting at £69.99 for the basic model with prices rising to £125 for a polo, he informed us that the towel t-shirt is perfect for one who enjoys a swim while on a yacht or walking on a beach at sunset. This strongly divided opinion, and a raging debate followed between Knighty and everyone else who realised the stupidity of the idea. More was discovered about Knighty, when he publicised that he and an unknown cricket-acquaintance used to take naps together in the changing room.

Back to cricket, Bails and Stone began to rebuild. Bails played a patient innings, while Stone delivered some delightful shots to give Dulwich some hope. The runs started to flow again, and so did the wickets, with Bails being bowled for 26. Stone was left to nurse the lower order, but it wasn’t to be as he was dismissed for 35. Despite some big shots from the tail-enders and nine of the batsman reaching double figures, the task proved too much and Dulwich were dismissed for 218 in the 42nd over. Spare a thought for Hope, who’ll have to lie about his figures to his fiancé for fear of the wedding being called off later this year.

On a drizzly, murky Saturday in New Malden, Dulwich were defeated. We travel to bottom-placed Normandy next week. Another seemingly one-sided affair, but lessons to be quickly learnt to ensure the mighty Dulwich rise from the ashes.

Sat 15th July – 1st XI v Esher

DULWICH 249-9 (50) beat ESHER 102 (38.2) by 147 runs

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A fine all-round performance by Salaar Waqar, who hit 69 and took five wickets, led Dulwich to a stunning victory by the emphatic margin of 147 runs over table leaders Esher in Division 2 of the Travelbag Surrey Championship.

Dulwich were put in to bat, but got off to a rousing start as Nick Hudson dominated both the strike and the scoring to score 25 out of an opening stand of 35 in nine overs with Matt Balch. He then scored a further 22 in a second wicket stand of 24 in three overs with Henry Hazlewood. Both fell in successive balls with the score on 59, with Hudson having made 47 of those runs off 48 balls. Assan Crawford-Khan fell 16 runs later, to bring in Waqar to join Kristian Williman. The pair had taken the score to 107-4 off 22 overs when a heavy shower drove the players from the field. Ten overs were lost, thereby reducing the Dulwich innings to a maximum of 50.

After the resumption the pair took their partnership to 68 off 20 overs when Williman was caught behind for 32 with the score on 143. This brought in keeper Will Bancroft, who went on the attack, scoring 41 off 34 balls in a stand of 67 in nine overs for the sixth wicket to take the total to 210 after 44.2 overs. Waqar fell two overs later, having faced 91 balls for his 69. This was his fourth half century of the season, and his second against these opponents. Skipper Alex Gledhill and Kamran Munawar then added 36 for the eighth wicket before Gledhill became the fifth victim for keeper Alex Martin in the final over. Matt Quaife was run out off the penultimate ball, and the innings closed on 249-9 after 50 overs. Esher had 40 overs to try and score the runs, or at least reach 200 for the winning draw.

The bowling was opened by second team captain James Bridgland, making a rare first team appearance, and he got off to an ideal start when he removed the visiting skipper with the second ball of the innings. He dismissed the other opener with the last ball of his third over, and Munawar followed up three balls later by bowling the dangerous Martin, who had made a century in the first match between the sides. The fourth wicket pair came together with the score on 27, and had added 31 when Waqar, having conceded two fours off his first four balls, dismissed prolific overseas player Shoaib Khan with his fifth. This initiated a collapse in which six wickets fell for 35 runs in 14 overs, with three more to Waqar and two to Quaife.

The last wicket pair thus came together with the score on 93 and 12.2 overs of the innings remaining. Gledhill used four different bowlers to try and break the stand, but the pair resisted for ten overs as number 8 Ben Collins took a single off the last ball of four consecutive overs to keep last man Tom Brown away from the strike. A maiden by the skipper in the 38th over left Brown facing the 39th. Waqar was recalled, and he bowled Brown with his second ball to dismiss Esher for 102. Waqar rounded off an inspired performance with 5-23 off 11.2 overs.

Dulwich have thus lost to the bottom side and beaten the top side in successive weeks. Unfortunately the three sides above them in the table all also won this week, so Dulwich remain in ninth place. They are five points behind Epsom and 14 behind seventh placed Dorking, who are their visitors next week in the return match between the sides. Dulwich won the first match, and would overtake their opponents if they can repeat the feat next week.

Sat 8th July – 3rd XI v Walton-on-Thames

DULWICH 244 (50.5) drew with WALTON-ON-THAMES 237-7 (51)

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Walton on Thames made the long trip to the DSG on Saturday as the 3s survived a late assault on their total of 244 all out (50.5) to secure a winning draw. On another day that the full allocation of 100.5 overs was completed, the 3rd XI are left feeling that pink balls may be more suitable than the traditional red.

After much discussion and some customary prodding of the pitch, it was decided that we should win the toss. Captain Bailey duly obliged and Dulwich were batting. On a hot and humid day the pre-match briefing was to keep wickets in hand and the Walton fielders baking in the sun to setup an all-out attack towards the back end of the innings. Cian Scannell and Harry Chathli opened up for Dulwich and made slow but steady progress with anything short being pounced upon. Despite the fact that about half the balls from one end were down the leg-side and unplayable, the opening pair progressed at 3 runs an over. The partnership of 62 was broken in the 20th when Scannell was first to go for a well-made 30 – caught at mid-off in the game’s first over of spin.

James Pickles then came and went to leave Dulwich 63-2 but this brought Andy Keen and the innings’ first signs of aggression to the crease. Chathli took 3 fours in an over off the second change seamer and Keen delivered some lusty blows off the leggie (yes, he should have taken the pins out first). Chathli’s 50 brought a noticeable change of approach as he moved from 50 to 62 in three strokes and forced the removal of the leggie from the attack. By the time Keen departed for a belligerent 33, 63-2 off 21 had become 156-3 off 33 and we were well on our way to a big total. Chathli’s innings finally came to an end in the 36th when he was caught behind for a fabulous 85.

Cormac Meade (1) got a good one early on and Andy Bailey delighted the scorer with an innings in which he doubled his score with each scoring shot, only falling when scoring 8 became too big an ask. Again we were in danger of the innings stalling, however, vital runs from Abu Arabi (20) with support from George (9), Jones (7), and some big hitting from Chris Hope (27) made sure that this wasn’t the case. Toppin (1 n.o) received a well-directed bumper first ball – a ploy that he vowed to repay with interest after tea. Our innings coming to an end with Hope being caught off the 5th ball of the 51st over denying skipper Bailey the opportunity to declare.

With a strong bowling line-up available Dulwich were much the happier of the two sides at the break after compiling a more than competitive total of 244. The test match served as the tea break entertainment even though entertainment might have been a strong choice of word as Cook and Jennings proceeded with caution on a tricky track.

Toppin and Jones opened the bowling and both bowled good testing spells first up although neither was rewarded. Toppin bowled with good wheels and struck the opening batsmen on more than one occasion. Jones bowled a testing line and length and took the outside edge twice, one falling short of slip and the other being put down in the gully.  Despite their discomfort in the face of good bowling both Walton openers progressed into the 30s and the Dulwich fielders noted that they were in fact in a game.

Arabi and Hope then replaced the openers with the spinner finally making the decisive breakthrough with the help of a fine catch from Pickles at mid-on. It was a short spell for Hope (0-10 off 3) as the skipper was quick to note the prodigious spin and introduce George to bowl in tandem with Arabi. A sharp caught and bowled and a good catch by the keeper gave Arabi his 2ndand 3rd and Dulwich a sniff of a win. The runs dried up in spite of the Walton no. 3 shaping up to mow every ball over cow, with both Arabi and George bowling with excellent control.

George removed the dangerous looking no.3 to leave Walton 4 down and with the two new batsmen struggling against the Dulwich spin twins, Walton threatened to shut up shop. However, their captain was politely reminded that they had driven an awfully long way to show so little ambition and this turned out to be all the motivation he needed as he ditched his helmet and opened his shoulders. Numbers 5 and 6 who had looked sedate and a bit scratchy suddenly exploded with Arabi and his replacement Pickles both getting the treatment. This aggression was not without any risks and Pickles (0-46 off 5) saw two relatively straightforward catches go down off his bowling. George finished a fine spell with 1-26 off 13 and a change of ends for Arabi coupled with the batsmen’s new found aggression somewhat spoiled his figure to leave him with 3-60 off 12. The equation for Walton quickly moved from 100 odd off 10 to 60 odd off 7 with 6 wickets in hand.

The Dulwich opening bowlers then returned with the aim of securing a winning draw, and they did. Toppin proved too quick for the low-order batsmen in the fading light picking up 2 to finish with 2-37 off 9 and Jones (1-44 off 9) got the danger man, their captain, for a boundary-laden 54, Chris Hope using all of his height to pull off a stunning catch at cover. Walton finished 7 short with 5 balls less faced to give Dulwich a tight winning draw.

In the end the 3s were lucky to avoid defeat but in another game that their fielding left them down (at least 4 chances missed) they will feel that it’s a win that got away. “Catches win matches”.

Their openers started well, despite some good bowling, as the fast outfield rewarded good shots and streaky edges alike. Then Jones deviated for the first time from his persistent line and length and dropped it short and wide, the ball was duly leathered towards the boundary heading for at least a one bounce four, if it were not for a fine instinctive catch by Tobin, leaping in the air at point. The other opener followed shortly after, with Lester taking a sharp catch at slip of Lloolloyd to proudly restore his 50% slip catching success rate for this season. This bought their captain to the crease to join the number 3. Together they built a good partnership - although the innings from the number three had more misses than Tiger Woods at his prime. However, somehow the partnership flourished and changes in bowling to Hope and Day, despite inducing yet more wafts and frustration, did not bring the break through. So captain Bails decided to change the pace and brought Lester into the attack fresh from his dismantling of Sunbury’s batting line up last week and it didn’t take too long to make another important breakthrough. After removing the number 3 for 42, Lester and Tobin started to build the pressure and a complete lapse of brain function from their number five lead to Bailey’s easiest stumping of his career and another wicket for Lester. As the pressure continued to rack up and their batsmen becoming increasingly frustrated, they tried to sneak a single to bullet-armed Cason resulting in an easy run out. This put us in a solid position, Ashtead were 139-5 and when Lester claimed his 3rd wicket, the crucial scalp of the captain with a double bounce half tracker driven back for another smart catch, our confidence grew even more. However, a few loose overs and some big sixes left the outcome far from certain so Bailey turned back to his strike bowlers Jones and Lllooyyyoooddd to try and break the resistance. It worked. Llllooyyyoooooddd removed the dangerous number 8 for a beefy 45, and the number 7 shortly after. And with the light fading, a huge appeal for a caught behind from their last recognised batsman, gave Jones his second. We were one wicket away and a few overs later in the ever darkening gloom we had our deserved win, Llllooooyyyooooddd splattering the stumps to claim his fourth.  

So we wrapped up a 11 run to stay ahead of Ashtead and keep the pressure up on the top four.

Sat 8th July – 5th XI v Old Wilsonians

DULWICH 154-6 (40) beat OLD WILSONIANS 153 (39) by 4 wickets

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The ultimate finish in cricket, we needed 6 off the last ball to win and with a shortish straight boundary Raman Sarao batting at 9 hit a slower ball from the Ex Blues opening bowler into the trees. Cue screams of delight from the rest of the team. We usually have good close games w Ex Blues but this was ridiculous.

Six and a half hours Jack had lost the toss and we had been asked to field as travel difficulties delayed several of the side, Blenchy also needing to get a sandwich on the way. Late call up Mike Owen was last to arrive and we just managed to get 11 on the field in time. Kanak Patel and Raman Sarao opened the bowling and despite bowling well Ex Blues started pretty well. We had trouble on the sloping slightly strange shaped ground to get our fielders in the right place. Kanak up the hill managed to get an early wicket and the ex blues number three started a long dogged innings of 76. Raman bowled the other opener from down the hill and then Beggsy and Jack Rutherford were introduced to the fray. Jack bowled the tightest spell of his season with 5 overs for 17 and David was unlucky with three knicks flying through the slips where the single slip fielder wasn't! Josh then bowled a good spell to take 3 for 36 with two stumping by Young keeper Rahul Weston. At one point we even had leg spin both ends. Ex Blues continued partnerships and ended up with 191 for 6 off their 40 overs.

We knew that we needed to bat well and first came a small cameo from Richard Blench with his new bat bought from eBay. Aidan then supported Rahul well but got out when he was well set and beat himself up for the rest of the afternoon (he was pretty pleased we won). Rahul batted beautifully for his 41 before he got out to an experienced loopy spinner just as Aidan had. They had both been looking comfortable but when Nick Rochford joined them back in the pavilion we needed well over 100 with 4 wickets down and just over 20 overs left.

Tim Brown joined Mike Owen and they struggled w the indifferent bounce and the tight bowling but managed to put on a 30 partnership. The required rate was rising though and after skipper Jack perished first ball David Begg came in and added a bit of momentum with some inventive shots. Tim batted doggedly until out for 31 he just had trouble timing the ball but again a partnership of 30 plus was put on to just keep us in the game. Beggsy pulled a muscle for a second match in a row and required a runner and Raman managed son lusty blows including and audacious ramp in the penultimate over. David was bowled and we were left requiring 16 off the last over. An early six, a wide and three singles (two from the wily Kanak) left the final ball as previously described. Raman a brilliant 34 not out.

We remain in second place w top side Roebucks visiting DSG on Saturday.

Sat 8th July – 1st XI v Bank of England

BANK OF ENGLAND 239-9 (55) beat DULWICH 134 (37.4) by 105 runs

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A depleted Dulwich side failed to build on a good start in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Bank of England, going down to defeat by 105 runs.

Dulwich gave their opponents first use of a good batting pitch, and got off to a good start as Leon Sealy and Jon Lodwick each took an early wicket to reduce Bank to 25-2 after 8.1 overs. The third wicket pair added 32 before both fell in the space of three balls trying extravagant shots. This gave a first wicket to Levi Olver, in his first over, and a second to Sealy, who completed an impressive first spell with 2-29 off nine overs. Janil Ramesh and Sam Brandon then defended resolutely as Brandon sought to recover from a knock on the hand. They added just twelve runs in the next eleven overs to reach the drinks break at 69-4 off 26 overs, with Dulwich seemingly well on top.

This all changed after the resumption as the pair went on the attack, and added a further 104 in 19.1 overs before Ramesh was caught behind by Will Bancroft off Olver. Having scored just five runs off his first 39 balls, he hit 38 off the next 49 to finish with 43 off 88. Brandon fell the same way 21 runs later for 80, having scored just four runs off his first 29 balls, and 76 at a run a ball for the rest of his innings. Sam Hawley, with 20 off 22 balls, and Nikul Ramesh, 15 off 15, then added 27 for the seventh wicket before both fell to Salaar Waqar in the penultimate over. Skipper Alex Gledhill picked up the ninth wicket in the last over as Bank closed on 239-9 after 55 overs. Olver finished with a creditable 3-33 off 14 overs, but none of the other bowlers were able to stem the flow of runs as 170 came off the final 29 overs of the innings.

The Dulwich reply got off to a disastrous start when Nick Hudson was caught behind off Jack O’Brien in the first over. Lodwick, in the unusual role of opening bat, fell the same way for 17 with the score on 27, and Henry Hazlewood was brilliantly caught by Brandon at second slip for 16 nine runs later. O’Brien took his fourth wicket when Assan Crawford-Khan was lbw for 4 with the score on 45. Waqar and Bancroft took the score to 65 in the 16th over when Bancroft was lbw to Nikul Ramesh for 4, and Waqar was caught behind in the next over for 13 to give Hawley his third catch and O’Brien his fifth wicket. The opener had bowled a curious mixture of wayward and challenging deliveries that had left the Dulwich innings in ruins, and was rested with figures of 5-29 after ten overs.

Kim Winder replaced him, and removed Euan Johnson, who had defended resolutely for 25 balls for a single, in his second over. He didn’t take any more wickets, but conceded just 13 runs off his nine overs. Sealy and Olver found runs easier to come by at the other end and added 27 in seven overs for the eighth wicket, the highest stand of the innings. Sealy was the next to go, having top scored with 24, off 32 balls. Olver and Gledhill added a further 17 before Olver fell for 21 off 30. At 127-9 the last pair still had to hold out for 11.3 overs to avoid defeat, but had lasted just four when O’Brien was recalled. Four balls were all he needed to take his sixth wicket and secure victory for his side. Dulwich had succumbed for 134 in just 37.4 overs.

Dulwich gained just three points from a disappointing match and slip back to ninth place as Epsom gained nine points from a winning draw against Malden Wanderers. Next week Dulwich have a difficult match at home to runaway leaders Esher.

 

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