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Sat 25th June – 2nd XI v Bank of England

DULWICH 130-5 (20) winning draw vs BANK OF ENGLAND 195-8 (46)


After a run of four successive victories, table-topping Dulwich welcomed a struggling Bank of England to the DSG.

The falling pound has not been kind to the Bank of England in recent days and it was no different here, as Captain Bridgland won yet another toss and chose to bowl. With rain forecast later in the afternoon, Dulwich knew they must be at their clinical best if they were to force a result.

Bridgland opened up alongside Instagram filter enthusiast Kamran Munawar. As he so often does, Bridgland made the first breakthrough, inducing a thick edge to Guy Skinner. Never one to relinquish the limelight for long, Dulwich’s resident poet, Munawar, found a prodigious amount of swing, bowling two Bank batsmen in quick succession.

At 40/3, things were looking good for Dulwich. But with every chance of rolling Bank for a cheap total, Dulwich took their eye off the ball. Literally. Before the match, red ink enthusiast Matthew Balch* had led the side in an intense array of incomprehensible fielding drills. His efforts, however, were futile as dropped chances, misfields and overthrows abound: even Bridgland shelled a simple caught and bowled. Dutifully as ever, medium pacer Ian Austin Matt Quaife quickly followed his captain’s lead.

The introduction of spin did little to turn the tide in Dulwich’s favour as Bank opener, Ali Killham, cashed in - launching two straight sixes to bring up his fifty in good time. With the partnership gathering pace, Dulwich were in disarray. Bowlers lost their line and length and no-one could quite decide where exactly they would be best positioned in order to misfield next.

After a quiet chat between slip and long-off, captain Bridgland took heed of the week’s events and stamped out any notions of democracy, placing his only useful fielder at short mid-off. This wise decision paid dividends, as, two balls later, Killham drove straight to safe-hands Skinner for a well made 63.

Two further quick wickets followed, but any sense of order was short lived. With the rain fast approaching, Bank were gifted a stimulus package as they deposited long-hop after long-hop to the boundary. Only the formidable Bridgland-Frezzato partnership providing any respite for Dulwich. It came as some relief when the wrath of Thor descended, with Bank leaving the field 195/8 off 46 overs, Bridgland the stand out bowler yet again with 3/25.

After a sustained downpour, further play looked unlikely. Bogs had formed on the outfield, puddles adorned square, the covers had proved scant protection from the driving rain. However, a determined Bridgland would not be defeated by such trivialities and, eager to make amends for their earlier display, the team set about a rescue operation. The performance levels rose faster than the dollar as Dulwich executed their skill sets manfully. On the bowdry, Zakir Rostami and Balch* settled into their lines and lengths, Bridgland, Hirst, Skinner and medium pacer Binny Quaife found good areas with the pitchforks and Raj Tulsiani kept his eye on the ball… as he sat watching Euro 2016.

With the water cleared, the match resumed in front of a gathering crowd. Dulwich had just 20 overs to chase down Bank’s 195. Tulsiani and birthday boy Johnny Morris strode to the crease. Tulsiani, suffering from a worrying lack of hangover, found the going uncharacteristically tough. At the other end, Morris was having no such problems as he scythed four successive boundaries much to the delight of the crowd.

Both openers fell for 17 in pursuit of an unlikely victory, quickly followed by a selfless Skinner (3) who was bowled trying to up the rate by attempting to hit a 12. The target now out of reach, Dulwich settled for consolidating a winning draw as Rostami (32), Munawar (26) treating the crowd to some extravagant stroke play. The league’s greatest keeper-batsman, Ajmal Patankar (26*) and accomplished finisher Balch* (6*) saw Dulwich to 130/5 at the close, comfortably ahead of the 85 required to claim a winning draw.

Despite their efforts in getting the game back on, Dulwich only received 4 points return for a comfortable winning draw – the same as they would have managed for an abandoned game – with Bank taking home an even harsher 3 point haul. With Cranleigh unaffected by rain and managing to win, Dulwich drop back to second place in the table. There is plenty of the season left, though, and whilst batting, bowling and fielding were not up to scratch this week, in a wet summer the hours of practice on the bowdry may yet prove invaluable…

Sat 25th June – 3rd XI v Old Rutlishians

DULWICH 233-3 dec (48.1) match abandoned vs OLD RUTLISHIANS


After a welcome return to home turf the 3rd XI suffered a setback with biblical rainfall at tea scuppering any chance of returning to play after posting a challenging total in some style.

First things first. Huge credit has to go to all the team at DSG for getting the pitch and ground in such a fit state for play after the epic midweek rain – the players are all grateful and it was shame all their hard work came to nothing. The team gathered in confident mood, well 10 of the 11 did as Euan Johnson had gone missing in action – well missing asleep to be more precise. After eventually arriving half an hour after the start he remained coy about his reasons but it turns out it was everyone’s fault but his own – the nightclub the previous night for staying open so late, his sister for not waking him up, etc. But, ever the mummy’s boy, he had found time to buy his mum some flowers – nice touch but he was placed very firmly in the captain’s doghouse!

Skipper Graeme Hough lost the toss for the first time this season and Old Ruts inserted Dulwich to bat. James Chudley and Guy Woodgate strode out to open and quickly got in to their stride against some wayward bowling. In no time 50 was on the board at close to five an over, at which point Chudley went fishing and was caught behind for 24. Enter Chris Stone, who the previous week had shown admirable defiance against a testing Reigate attack, found Old Ruts’ bowling more to his liking as he quickly got into his stride. Runs continued at a fair rate of knots until persistent rain forced a slight delay.

Six overs were lost so the need to crack on with things was imperative. The second wicket fell after the dreaded drinks break, Woodgate plum LBW for a well-crafted 46 – clear jug evasion territory which Guy bowed to later in the bar. But an excellent innings on his first appearance in the 3rd XI this season. Enter Andrew Inglis who kept the momentum going, whilst Stone continuedto punish some errant bowling with a string of boundaries and many other pleasing shots. The run rate increased but the dark clouds were looming, and with thunder and lightning in the background, things were not looking great. After a rather unseemly and unnecessary spat with the opposition, Inglis moved to his 50 – well 52 actually before apprentice scorer Chudley realised he had reached 50! Stone fell for an excellent 73 mistiming to give a simple catch, his second 50 in two weeks and great to see. Dan Peters entered the fray, to provide possibly the most argumentative batting partnership you could imagine with Inglis, and flayed a couple of boundaries – to the leg side of course! With Armageddon-type clouds approaching skipper Hough declared after 42.5 overs on 233 for 3 to leave 52 overs back.

Covers on, tea taken but the heavens opened and that was that. No chance of returning as parts of the outfield resembled a lake – the nearby moored boat almost began to float once again as it had midweek.

The team began a long stint at the bar and gave some boisterous support to the 2s who had managed to return to play for a 20-over bash which was pretty much in vain. Wimbledon looms next week for a top of the table clash with the hope for better weather and a full game.

Sun 26th June – Development XI v Banstead

DULWICH 197-8 (40) beat BANSTEAD 137-8 (40) by 60 runs


Several fine performances from the younger players was the feature of Sunday’s fine win at Banstead. The victory also maintained the team’s good run in recent weeks, with four wins and a draw to their credit after starting the season with three straight losses.

The wicket was nice and flat, albeit a little damp after recent rainfall, and when JL won the toss he confidently elected to bat first in this 40 overs a side contest. But he must have been having second thoughts a few overs in! With only five runs on the board, openers Dylan Brook and the in-form James Chudley were back in the hutch, both having their furniture disturbed by the lively Banstead opening attack. But third wicket pair, Jonny ‘Pebble’ Stone and Henry Shine gradually repaired the early damage. ‘H’ struck four boundaries in a bright and breezy 27 before being dismissed with the score on 45. Pebble was then joined by Zach Wood, making his first appearance of the season, and the pair continued the recovery, taking the score past the century mark. Zach attacked the change bowlers at every opportunity, hitting eight fours and a six in an enterprising knock of 57, whilst Pebble adopted a more measured approach, collecting ones and twos to keep the score ticking along nicely. After Zach departed with the total on 129, Pebble was well supported by Dan Edwards (21) and Robbie Matthews (13) and eventually reached his first half-century for the Development Team before being caught for 52. After 40 overs the Dulwich innings closed on 197-8, a substantial total considering the poor start.

In contrast, the Banstead innings began well with 37 runs on the board after just six overs. Only one wicket fell during that period, with Gus Davies trapping the opposing skipper lbw. Apart from one bad over, which went for 14, Gus bowled a good opening spell and at a lively pace, finishing with figures of 3-29. Well supported by a tidy spell from Robbie Matthews, Gus applied a brake on the Banstead run rate. The home side rallied somewhat and raised their score to 104-3, but fell increasingly behind the required run rate as the off-breaks of Dan Edwards combined with the medium pace of Zach Wood provided few scoring opportunities. Desperation crept in and Dan (3-27) and Zach (2-15) reaped the rewards, reducing Banstead to 133 for 8. Numbers nine and ten survived the final overs, but added few runs and the home side finished on 137-8, leaving Dulwich comfortable winners by a margin of 60 runs.

Zach Wood received the team’s Young Man of the Match award for his all-round performance. Apart from one dropped catch, he also fielded very well.

Sadly, this was vice-captain Tony Ebert’s last game for the Club. Tony has been an invaluable help to the Development Team over the past decade and he was warmly thanked after the game for all the encouragement he has given to a succession of young players during the period. He has taken several wickets over the years, scored some useful runs and taken a number of fine catches at slip. He has also kept wicket on occasions and he gave a particularly competent display behind the stumps in this, his final game. Tony is moving north in the next few days to start a new life in Yorkshire and we wish him and Lindsay all the very best for the future.

Sat 25th June – 1st XI v Bank of England

DULWICH 132 (48.1) lost to BANK OF ENGLAND 133-9 (42.3) by 1 wicket


For the second week running, Dulwich lost a low scoring Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match by one wicket, this time away to Bank of England.

Dulwich were put in to bat on a pitch still showing the effects of torrential midweek rain. They got off to a disastrous start as openers Ed Stolle and debutant James Godrich were both dismissed without a run on the board, having faced just five balls between them. Richard King and Will Bancroft took the score to 22 after seven overs when heavy rain caused a 30 minute delay, knocking four overs off each team’s allocation. King fell in the next over, soon followed by another newcomer Henry Hazlewood. Bancroft was the fifth wicket to fall in the 13th over, having contributed 21 of the 37 runs scored at that point. It was left to Nick Hudson, who top scored with 29, and Leon Sealy, with 11, to repair the damage, which they did in a stand of 38 in 15 overs before both fell in successive overs to make it 80-7 in the 29th. Naeem Iqbal then led a staunch rearguard action, adding 27 with Salaar Waqar, who made 18, and 25 with Jon Lodwick. Both fell to successive balls, Iqbal being caught behind off the last ball of the 48th over for 19, and Lodwick going the same way off the first ball of the 49th for 13, the fourth time in the innings that two wickets had fallen in successive overs. Skipper Alex Gledhill was left not out without facing, but the last five wickets had added 95 runs to lift the score to 132 and hopefully give themselves something to bowl at.

Bank were left 43 overs to get the runs, and the openers started in contrasting fashion, with Henry Goodwin scoring steadily off Iqbal at one end, while skipper Janil Ramesh defended resolutely against a probing spell by Lodwick at the other. Lodwick got his reward by bowling Ramesh for a dogged 4 off 34 balls. He followed up with two more wickets, assisted by a stunning catch by Hudson at third slip, in an impressive spell of 3-15 off nine overs. King also picked up a wicket as Bank declined from 22-0 to 32-4. The fifth wicket pair then added a round 50 off 13.3 overs before both fell to spin twins Waqar and Gledhill, again in successive overs, to make it 84-6 in the 30th. Sam Ferrick and James Woodroof came together with 49 still needed off 13.1 overs, and advanced inexorably towards their target. Lodwick was recalled but was unable to make the breakthrough, and the pair had added 31 in eight overs when Gledhill had Ferrick lbw. Woodroof then scored all of the next 12 runs to progress to 127-7 after 41 overs, whereupon Gledhill struck again, taking two wickets without cost in the penultimate over, to finish with 4-25 off 12 overs and bring the last pair together.

Six runs were needed off the final over, to set up a similar scenario to the first match between the sides, when Bank’s last pair needed five off the last over. On that occasion the number 11 was on strike, and they failed to get the runs. This time Woodroof was facing, and he got a lucky four after a misfield on the boundary from the second ball and a two off the third to give his side their first victory of the season with three balls to spare.

Dulwich pick up just three points from this game, but remain in fifth place. Next week they will be looking to return to winning ways when they visit Esher, who are one place and four points beneath them in the table.

Sun 19th June – Development XI v Franklin Lewin

DULWICH 73-8 (39.2) beat FRANKLIN LEWIN 72 (45.1) by 2 wickets

The Development XI continued their recent good run to make it three wins and a draw from their last four games with this narrow victory over Franklin Lewin CC at Netherne on the Hill near Coulsdon on Sunday afternoon. The feature of the game was the snail-like scoring rate with the home side taking 45.1 overs to reach their meagre tally of 72, whilst Dulwich had to battle through 39.2 overs before emerging as the winners. But there were extenuating circumstances. The wicket was not only damp and slow, but also low, and sometimes exceedingly low! The outfield posed even greater problems. Uncut all week due to the recent rain, the grass was even longer than this scribe’s back-lawn and in consequence boundaries were as rare as a lottery win.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat, but it quickly became evident that this was going to be a low-scoring game. Runs came ever so slowly, barely one an over for a long time, as the ball seldom travelled far off the square once it had beaten the infielders. The Dulwich bowlers had little difficulty exerting pressure and with the odd ball ‘popping’ too, wickets fell at regular intervals. At one stage, Franklin Lewin had been reduced to a desperate 38 for 7, but the tail rallied somewhat and they eventually took their score to 72. The home side’s number eight shrugged off a nasty blow to the back of his head after being felled at the non-striker’s end and returned to make 18, which was to prove the highest score of the match. It was not until the 38th over that John Lewis was able to record a four in his immaculate scorebook, and as the ball inched over the boundary line there were cheers from the batting team and the Dulwich fielders alike. Only Patrick George failed to join in, but perhaps not surprisingly as he was the bowler!

Six of the seven bowlers used took wickets, with Dan Edwards (3-8) the most successful. Seb Connor took 2-18 off 12 overs, Patrick George 1-20 off 12 after starting with four maidens, Jonny Stone took a wicket with his first ball, U14 debutant Felix Gilbert captured his first senior wicket, and Matt Balch picked up a couple at the death. The bowlers were well backed up in the field, with Julian Dean taking a fine running catch at mid-on, Chris Stone pocketing two at cover-point, and Matt Balch holding a couple in the old-fashioned leg-slip position. Even the skipper clung on to one for his first catch of the season!

Chasing such a modest total was never going to be easy for the Dulwich batsmen and every run had to be worked for. Felix Gilbert lost patience and skied one into the covers, out for 3, and Chris Stone perished for 12, out to a smart catch at square-leg. Matt Balch temporarily livened things up and hit the only two boundaries of the innings, off successive balls, only to be trapped lbw to a ‘shooter’ from the last delivery of the same over. He made 11. Patrick George was the only other Dulwich player to reach double figures, he also made 11. Harry Chathli, Jonny Stone and Dan Edwards each succumbed for the same score (4) and defeat was looking a real possibility with the scoreboard showing 53 for 7. However, after a little help from Seb Connor (5), the experienced pair of Tony Ebert and Julian Dean, eventually saw Dulwich home. Fittingly perhaps, on a grey afternoon and with rain starting to fall, the winning run came from a no-ball!