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Sat 21st May – 2nd XI v Orpington

DULWICH 238-8 (50) lost to BANK OF ENGLAND 241-7 (48.2) by 3 wickets


On what turned out to be a chilly, blustery day at the Bank of England, Dulwich 2nd XI were unfortunately on the receiving end of their first defeat of the season, losing to the BofE by 3 wickets.

With the threat of rain looming throughout the morning, stand-in skipper Nick Hudson elected to bat having won the toss on what looked to be a good batting deck.

With a changed side, Nick and Ed Towner started Dulwich off brightly scoring quickly around the wicket with aces splitting the field to the boundary and some additional smashes crashing to the boundary. Nick, looking settled for the long haul, nicked into the slips to depart for 18. Ed and Sam Tennant absorbed some pressure from the BofE bowlers as they were backed by some good field settings. Sam was unfortunate to clip onto his pads and loop into the keepers hands leaving Ed and Jack Anderson to continue the rebuilding work. Ed and Jack continued their partnership and looked to accelerate after some tight bowling, Ed departing for a good 54. Jack and Kamran, starting watchfully, continued to score around the ground, Jack working the ball around and punishing the bad ball was unfortunate to be caught for 47 on the rope. Kamran continued to score freely and started to open up a little more departing for 61 supported by some late cameos from Guy Skinner and Ben Lester to finish the set at 238-8 after the full 50.

By this point, light rain, threatening throughout the day had started to fall, covers on, off for tea. After a mix-up with two matches arriving for tea at once, the game resumed an hour later. Throughout tea the light rain became a bit more persistent and the rag hunt began.

Kam and Chris Hope, from the National Tennis Centre end, started the second set. Hope bowling economically throughout his ten overs ending up with 1-23 - a sharp catch taken in the slips from Nick. Kam with the additional pace and a ball getting increasingly tricky to grip saw the fence a little more on this flat deck but was rewarded with a caught behind and Sam snaffling a catch at point. Imran coming into the attack, saw another sharp catch taken in the slips from James Hirst, a one-handed diving forward job! BofE four down at drinks with 91 on the board, Dulwich in control of proceedings at this point and firmly on top. The two new batsmen, taking advantage of conditions with the ball becoming difficult to grip, managed to pick up runs on what was still a good batting deck, anything off-target being sent to the fence. With some tough chances and a bit of luck going their way, BofE built one of two partnerships turning the game back their way. James Hirst breaking one partnership with a third slip catch from Nick, 100% success in the cordon and a catch on the boundary for Guy Skinner for a swift 78 again from Hirst, finishing with 3-50 off ten. The 8th wicket pair coming together at 162 in the 37th over saw BofE home. With gripping the wet ball, bowling became increasingly difficult and BofE were able to pick runs up regularly to frustrate Dulwich finishing with just over two overs spare for a very late and disappointing finish, Dulwich having snatched defeat from a very promising position.

Some good performances with bat and ball show there's plenty more to come from this Dulwich squad.

Sat 21st May – 5th XI v Orpington

DULWICH 106 (37.5) lost to ORPINGTON 222-5 (40) by 116 runs


Questionable availability across the sides meant the 5th XI only had three people from the previous week's successful side for the home game against Orpington. However even with 11, players many of whom were playing together for the first time, we should have had the ability to put up more of a fight. The weather was dismal and foreboding and skipper Peters decided on winning the toss that putting the opposition in was the right thing to do.

The wicket looked okay and played reasonably well all day which is more than can be said of the Dulwich team. Tom Scott-Coombes opened up from the Turney Road end and skipper Peters from the nets end but we didn't really make inroads into the Orpington top order. Tom bowled his full 10 (2 for 56) but after his early wicket their bats two, three, four, five and six all scored reasonably freely to build them a decent total. Simon bowled well but was unable to make a breakthrough and saving himself for the last few overs brought on John Comerford as 1st change. Justus Van Lare replaced Tom S-C after drinks but without success.

Under pressure we turned to Will Burgass who bowled a pacy, threatening spell with the wind and then when leggie Josh Naval off the back of his 5 for in the 6s the week before was introduced Will switched ends to toil up the hill and into the wind. The switch reaped immediate rewards with Will taking a wicket in his first over and Josh picking up his first wicket at this level as he nabbed the main spinner spot from 5th XI stalwart Tim Brown. Will was unlucky not to take more wickets with four dropped catches in a spell of 1 for 37 in 7 hostile overs.

All in all a mixed and disappointing bowling display as they made 222 for 5 in their 40 overs with a Simon Peters run out being the only other wicket we took.

The weather got worse during tea but both teams agreed to take the field promptly. As the evening wore on the light got better and the drizzle stopped leaving us with a lovely evening for cricket.

Tim Brown opened the innings with Zeeshan Chaudrey who never looked like adding much to his big innings of the previous week and when Piran Legg and Shok also went early we were looking in a lot of trouble. Tim played solidly, although the opposition did note that a large proportion of his 29 came between point and the wicket keeper. One drive surprised the crowd, the opposition fielders and the batsman himself and sadly went straight to a fielder. Mike Owen arrived at the crease attempting to continue his form from the famous (infamous?) retired-to-go-to-the-theatre innings and played a couple of nice shots before telegraphing a reverse sweep which was caught at first slip.

We were not yet 50 and 4 down and not really looking like pushing Orpington. Their opening bowler was a good 15 year old quick and they brought on two orthodox left arm spinners aged 13 and 15 who immediately settled into a great line and length. Tim tried to force the pace a little, missed one and was stumped to leave us 51 for 5. Will Burgass came in and first with skipper Peters and then with Tom S-C added some (but not too much) respectability to the score. Peters given out lbw despite the evidence of him rubbing his leg half way between knee and hip. Jason Campbell who we were very glad was umpiring for us was in the best position to see the lbw and said that Simon had crouched down and was plumb.

Will made 22 to suggest he should be a bit higher up the order but finally perished going for a suicidal decond run and Tom a 12 not out as we batted most of the overs to a non challenging 106 all out in 37.5 overs. Will had hit a beautiful 6 but did admit afterwards he wasn't trying to hit it there. Picking up only 2 points out of the 20 on offer leaves us mid table (6th place) although we have played three of the sides above us. With two wins and two losses we need to be a bit more consistent if we are to challenge the top of the table.

Sun 22nd May – Development XI v Sidcup

DULWICH 163-8 beat OLD RUTLISHIANS 107 by 56 runs

Report 1

The Development Team recorded their first win of the season at the fourth attempt with an ultimately comfortable victory over Sidcup in a 40-overs encounter at Burbage Road on Sunday. Electing to bat after winning the toss, Dulwich’s early order failed to come to terms with a difficult wicket and Sidcup’s opening bowlers. One by one the talented tyros perished as Dulwich slumped to 38-5 with nearly 30 overs still to negotiate. It was then that the adult players dug the side out of trouble, especially the sixth wicket pair of Julian Dean and Zakir Rostami who steadied the ship with a mixture of watchful defence and measured aggression. The pair took the score past the 100 mark and on to 119 before Zakir chased a very wide ball and holed out to mid-off for 36. Julian followed two runs later, one short of his half-century, totally bamboozled by Sidcup’s stalwart slow left-armer, Brian Smith. James Chudley (11 not out) and Alex Irvine (18) then continued the recovery with a useful stand for the eighth wicket and Dulwich eventually closed on a competitive 163-8.

In reply, Sidcup too lost early wickets and batting in indifferent light were soon in trouble at 34-4. Although not as accurate as usual, Seb Connor still produced enough good balls to capture three wickets, whilst Henry Shine bowled with lively pace at the other end. Sidcup’s number three Dom Hart batted with great assurance and led a mini-revival, but Zakir Rostami (1-17) and James Chudley (1-22) bowled their eight overs with such economy that the visitors fell increasingly behind the run rate. U15 Mario Lambrette also produced a tight spell (1-8 off 4 overs). When Hart finally succumbed for an impressive 47, neatly caught at square leg by Mario off a loose ball from Harry Chathli, the end was nigh. As the light continued to fade and the numbers on the scoreboard shone brighter than ever, the rarely-used bowling skills of Trevor Griffiths were introduced into the attack. Generously given a second over, ‘young’ Trevor’s mixture of flight and filth induced Sidcup’s last-wicket pair to commit hari-kari, attempting a suicidal run to Zakir at mid-wicket; Zakir’s accurate throw duly applied the coup de grâce.

Seb Connor received the team’s Young Man of the Match award after the game, but special mention should also be made of Theo Chaudoir who kept wicket very tidily in tricky conditions.

Report 2

The Development XI took on Sidcup at home on Sunday winning by 60 runs.

JL won the toss and took first use of the same pitch used as the day before. Harry Chathli and Henry Stone opened confidently with Henry playing a good shot off his legs before being undone by a low bounce and losing his middle stump. This was the start of a bizarre period of play where Seb Connor, Theo Chaudoir, Mario Lambrette and Harry Chathli each succumbed in the same way, all having shaped up nicely to start with. At 30 for 5, old heads Julian Dean and Zaki Rostami came together with over 30 overs of the innings to go. They played the opening bowlers off with a degree of discomfort, before the opposition skipper obligingly switched to a young leg-spinner. Zaki promptly launched the first two balls onto the croquet lawn and Alleyne’s square and the innings was spluttered into second gear. The introduction of spin at both ends lead to further difficulties as the ball refused to come onto the bat. Zaki was more assured against the spinners and waited for the bad ball whilst Julian ran down the track to get the ball ,lumping it to deep mid-wicket to give him catching practice or padding up ten yards down the wicket. Old foe, Brian Smith was his usual frugal self at the other end and bowled beautifully.

The two somehow took the score to their own 'par score for the pitch' of 120 before Zaki smacked a long hop that pitched twice to mid-off and Julian on 49 padded up to a ball that hit off stump (only because he had kicked it off middle). Quality jug avoidance of the highest order. Enter Chuds, the run machine, to be joined by Alex Irvine. Alex played a number of exquisite cover drives and hit a sweetly time six over square leg before perishing for a very good 18. He played with commendable fluency where nearly every other batsman struggled. Meanwhile at the other end …….zzzzzzzzzzzz Chuds, in the form of his life had settled into red ink mode. Trevor Griffiths was also keen to protect his somewhat more moderate average. We then had the bizarre spectacle of Trevor and Chuds playing out the last 4 overs by leaving everything. Chuds finished with a high quality 9 not out (from 12 overs) whilst Trevor will be pleased with his equally high quality 2 not out. The opposition and team mates were somewhat bemused but 163 seemed a challenging total on a pitch giving some assistance to the bowlers.

Seb Connor and Henry opened the bowling after tea, Seb was uncharacteristically a little wayward in his first over but struck in his second, the emphasis for the innings switching from middle stump to knocking leg stump out of the ground. Henry followed suit and bowled very quickly and accurately in a hostile opening spell. Seb followed up with a couple more wickets and bowled beautifully for the rest of his opening spell despite a spate of unfathomable no balls. James “Tavare / Mr Averages” Chudley took over from Seb and Zaki from Henry to carry on the early good work. Scoring which was always at a premium throughout the match now slowed to a trickle as both settled into a good line and length with wickets falling regularly.

The opposition number three batted beautifully and was resolute in defence and kept the scoring ticking over but it was becoming obvious that there wasn’t a lot of support at the other end for the run chase although the young lady who batted at number 8 played resolutely to help put on 30 or so runs. Mario bowled quickly to pick up a deserved wicket and Henry perfectly yorked the number 9, who was somewhere near square leg at the time (and was then told by JL to pitch it up a bit more in the dark!). The number three fell cruelly short of a richly deserved 50 when he clipped Harry Chathli to Mario who took a good running catch and Seb thought he had wrapped up proceedings when he picked out the number 11s leg stump only for him to be called for over-stepping again.

This allowed Trevor G to give it a twirl and the darkness and for us to have a second weekend opportunity to discuss rule 42.6 again and for the leg side umpire to miss the final run out as he was busily trying to Google the Laws. Fortunately, the batsman had given up the ghost and accepted his fate so no harm done.

This was a much better performance than last week and a deserved win. Man of the Match was Seb for his excellent first spell and special praise should go to Theo for his wicket-keeping which was top notch on a difficult wicket for keepers.

Sat 21st May – 4th XI v Old Rutlishians

DULWICH 280-4 (45) beat OLD RUTLISHIANS 158 (38.5) by 122 runs


Dulwich scored a convincing win against a very youthful Old Ruts side on Saturday which featured a monster partnership between newbie Will Cooper and Oldbie (but definiteiy on something at the moment) James Chudley.

The team featured more changes than a Jurgen Klopp side before a European mid-week match but still Christian Benteke was left on the subs bench. The game looked to be following the usual script with Matt losing the toss again and the Doggies being inserted. The visitors were obviously confused by the greenness of the wicket, whereas the locals know better.  Julian Dean and man of the moment, James Chudley, strode confidently to the crease and calmly took 12 off the first over admittedly nearly all wides, byes and leg byes…

The two openers took a cautious approach for the first 6 overs, both queuing up to take small nibbles from one end whilst dodging some better directed fayre at the other end. Chuds was even sledged by one of the young opponents for turning down a single (that even Julian said no to) accusing him of being less than enamoured to face the more redoubtable opener. Dulwich had 34 on the board when the much anticipated comedy moment arrived. Having plundered the bowling last year, the oppo seem to have worked out Julian’s weakness to the leg-side, hip high Ginsters pasty. With the field up, and an entire collection of gardens, trees, football pitches and most of the South of England to launch the ball into, Julian selected the cautious approach and paddled the ball straight into mid-wickets hands.  

Enter Will Cooper on debut. For the next 30 overs, James and Will batted beautifully taking full advantage of the great pitch and cruising along at 6 an over. Chuds, in the form of his - or for that matter anyone else’s life -, timed the ball beautifully with forward defensive shots racing all the way to the boundary and punching the ball through mid-wicket with great force. Will lost nothing by comparison favouring the punched drive over the top and a delightful nurdle sweep behind square, which was a rare thing of beauty for those of us brought up on the skipper’s variety. The opposition rang the changes with a variety of young bowlers coming and going. All bowled well, but couldn’t staunch the flow of runs with the two bringing up their inevitable 50s shortly before drinks and Dulwich were well set at 130 for 1 at the half way point. The inevitability of the partnership going on and on was now dawning on team-mates and opposition equally. 

Next man in James Read alternated between attentive watching and sleeping under the scorer’s table. Equally bored, the rest of us set about this week’s sweepstake of whether Will on 96 or Chuds on 98 would make it to a ton first. At this point the prime opener marked out his run to return to the fray. The smart money was on Will (as he was on strike) who eschewing the old adage of having a look at the new bowler promptly smacked the ball straight down the fielders throat on the deep mid-wicket boundary, who took a good catch but didn’t have to move. As the batsman had crossed Chuds faced the next ball and miscued a pull shot to short fine leg who made a mess of the catch and managed to deflect the ball a further 20 yards enabling Chuds to come back for 2 and bring up a richly deserved ton. That wasn’t the end of the fun for the over as James Read pulled the last ball of the over straight to the guy who had just dropped Chuds who took the catch easily.  

Chuds, who had been “tired” since the third over finally succumbed for 107 leaving the skipper and Rob Hawke to boost the score to 280 at the close. The skipper apparently played two scoring strokes on the off side although the writer cannot recall such a momentus occasion and would have scrapped all of the above prose to report such a once in a lifetime event in full detail. We will take his word for it. Fair play to the young opposition team who never flagged in the field played with great spirit and were just batted out of the game by a chanceless partnership of the very highest quality.

The weather just about held after tea for us to make a prompt start and the opposition’s openers made a good start against the pace of Gilo and Jack Rutherford. With 40 off the first 8 overs they seemed well set to make a game of it. Jack finally made a breakthrough with a successful LBW appeal – he promises no money changed hands between him and the opposition’s umpire (their opening bowler) to get it.  Some of us, mainly the batting fraternity weren’t so sure and then remembered that this was exactly why Gilo scores for us rather than donning the white coat… we’d never get more than 20!

A double change saw Rhys “Bearders” Williams and The Vicar come on to bowl. Rhys “claimed” a breakthrough in his first over. I say “claimed” as the batsman, who looked in fine form, lumped a leg stump half-volley, flat and about 6 inches off the ground to James “L’Oreal” Read (we will come to that in a moment) who dived to his right to snare a fantastic catch. The Vicar, after last week’s heroics, saw his first Dibbley smacked back over his head for 4 so immediately switched to Dobbley. Having not warned Will of the switch the first ball smacked Will amidships. It was at this point that Will remembered a sadly missing piece of essential equipment as, well the ball, nestled momentarily in his essential equipment. Fortunately, it was the Vicar who was bowling and therefore no damage could possibly come from such an encounter in Will’s briefs. Bearders then benefitted from another bowlers union LBW decision from a long-hop (again opinion split down the middle between the bowlers and those that actually know the rules) and removed the number five with another wide long hop which was despatched to Lenin at mid-off. 

The number three succumbed to the Vicar adeptly caught by Gilo at point and the game as a contest was dead and buried (words underlined as they will NEVER EVER appear in the same sentence again!). The tyrant opening bowler came and went, undone by the Vicar’s even slower ball and stumped by Will using gloves this time. Rhys having bagged three by “mixing it up well!!!!!” then bowled rather well without getting any further reward to finish with 3 for 22/ The Vicar dibbled and dobbled for 2 for 20 off his 8 overs.

With 7 down and 80 on the board Darren Cason (who is no longer known as buckets after diving over everything today) and L’Oreal joined the fray. L’Oreal quickly induced the opposition’s skipper to spoon a catch in his general direction. L’Oreal unsighted by his own hair, had to sweep the unsightly mop backwards, but still had time to put on make-up, varnish his nails, pose for the camera before taking the aforementioned dolly. Darren then won the third LBW of the innings bowling left arm over to a right hander - the cue for further discussion among Dulwich’s players on the vagaries of the LBW rule. (We should also at this point remember that our bowlers in their stint of umpiring gave four LBWs against our batsman in the first match of the season, so we are about even now!).

With the game won, Dulwich slackened off and number nine (who definitely looked like he was batting too low) and ten put on a good partnership of over 50 for the ninth wicket. Darren gave the ball plenty of air which led to the weekly discussion of the application of Law 42.6* to slow bowlers which would have carried on longer if JD hadn’t given “the benefit of the doubt” to the umpire (who in any event was bigger, younger, fitter and better looking than him) and absolutely more to the point, younger readers, the umpires is always right even when he is wrong. (Dear MCC – please change the laws to be consistent between club rules and first class cricket before we take a wicket from one of these!).

Gilo and Jack returned to bring some resemblance of order to proceedings. Gilo removed the number ten, Will quite rightly trying to pinch a catch off 1st slip punched it straight to Chuds instead, and bowling the number 11 to finish with 2 for 26 with the opposition out for 158.

Dulwich face local rivals and fellow unbeaten challengers S&M next week in a crucial encounter which, with habitual title challengers Wimbledon having lost again on Saturday, could go some way to shaping the 4s season.

*(today’s lesson) – Rule 42.6

Dangerous and unfair bowling

Bowling of high full pitched balls
(i) Any delivery, other than a slow paced one, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.
(ii) A slow delivery which passes or would have passed on the full above shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.

p.s. Law 42.6 is disapplied by the ICC / First Class playing regulations and replaced by waist height – not a lot of people apparently know that.

Sat 21st May – 3rd XI v Old Rutlishians

DULWICH 144-1 (29.3) beat OLD RUTLISHIANS 140 (46.1) by 9 wickets


Skipper Hough won the toss and, with one eye on the weather, elected to field first on a wicket that looked like it would offer a bit with the new ball. Jones opened up from the 'pavilion' end, and Swain from the tennis court end. Swain, fresh from not bowling for a couple of years, fired down a couple of half pace Harmison-esque deliveries towards 2nd slip in his first over before settling down into an excellent rhythm to tie the two young Old Ruts openers down. Jones struck first with the wicket of the day, a good length away-swinger pinging back the top of off-stick, to reduce the hosts for 16-1. This quickly became 33-2 as the number three chipped Jones (2-25 from 9) to Hollows at mid-off; the Doggies were on top. Hollows was introduced to the attack, bamboozling the number four with a leggy, followed by a toppy that would have had Boycott purring as it kissed the top of off.

Enter the main man to the stage, who quickly decided the best way to deal with the spinning ball was to try and break the hand of the man who bowled it. He hammered a full ball back at the bowler who could only deflect it, and what was left of his fingers, for 4 through wide mid-on – still a drop's a drop and his no show in the bar later means a double fine is due next week. Whilst this chap was in, there was never a dull moment with some good shots interspersed with a few ugly heaves and some interesting calling. Swain (1-32 from 9) at the other end deservedly got into the wickets column with a loopy caught and bowled (that actually carried – see below). Old Ruts recovered to 78-4 before the big fella tried to clear Peters at long off, who gleefully accepted the flat catch, the ball before drinks.

Callaghan replaced Swain and quickly settled into a rhythm in tandem with evergreen skipper Hough as Dulwich applied the squeeze. Callaghan (1-18 from 8) pushed one through a little quicker that surprised the solid looking number six as he top-edged into his lid with Bailey running round to take what many witnesses believe was the best catch they have ever seen (based on a survey of one). Hough had the opposing skipper caught by the diving Tulsiani (genuinely!) – the first of three catches for big fella - at cover before pinning the next man LBW. Promising young leggie Daniel 'I would never dare drop a catch off my own bowling' Peters was introduced into the attack and gave nothing away (0-6 from 4). He thought he had grabbed his first Dulwich league wicket via a cheeky caught & bowled, only to find out the one-hand one bounce rule doesn't apply in the Surrey Championship. Thankfully a regulation nick (top edged heave via the keepers grille) to slip gave Hough (3-22 from 9) his third wicket and an early tea looked on the cards. However the young numbers nine and 11 showed great application in a last wicket stand of 20, before a returning Hollows (3-37 from 7) had ended the innings for 140, via another catch to Tulsiani, this time at mid-wicket.

After a pretty good tea in the rain, and a "heads on" pep talk from the skipper, the experienced Dulwich campaigners Tulsiani and Cornick strode out to bat. After a couple of early half chances the two settled down, punishing the bad balls and progressing the score at a healthy rate with a number of quick singles to the men in the ring big biffs to the boundary. Meanwhile on the edge of the field Swain, obviously pleased with his earlier bowling performance, went to lengths to explain how he pinned Headingley hero Jonny Bairstow lbw when he was about ten with some raw pace. Thankfully a large Tulsiani six over long on ended the conversation/fairytale early, and Jones ensured the new cherry was wet through by throwing it over the fielders head into the long grass. Further errant village throws from Peters and Morris only further embarrassed the skipper, who retired to chain smoke under the cover of the changing hut roof.

Peters handed over scoring duties to Jones, who was so perplexed by having to add balls faced by the batsmen that we only got round to cheering Raj's 50 when he was on 55. Stingray by this point was pulling his hair out as Cornick, often at the non-strikers end with Tulsiani very adept at counting to six, talked his ear off all innings. When Cornick departed, clipping the young Old Ruts seamer to square leg for a well made 39 off 59 balls, his delight at the peace and quiet mirrored Morris' annoyance at having to bat with only 6 to win. With new pup Henry Hazlewood scrabbling around for his pads Morris finished the game off quickly with a boundary. Tulsiani (90* off 109) was clearly the stand out performance of the day as he deservedly left the field to a standing ovation.

Another good win for the 3s, who host newly promoted Ashtead next Saturday in a confident mood.