DULWICH 196-9 (50) beat BANK OF ENGLAND 193 (50) by 3 runs
After a fluctuating match, in which all three results were still possible off the last ball, Dulwich secured a narrow victory in their Travelbag Surrey Championship match against Bank of England.
The Bank won the toss and elected to field first on a green pitch, and with rain forecast. The Dulwich innings was a curious affair with large stands for the first and eighth wickets and a horrendous collapse in between. Led by a pugnacious innings from Tom Savill the openers got off to a rousing start, posting 90 on the board in just 14 overs. The entry of Richard Rawlings and Sam Ferrick to the attack brought about an abrupt reversal of fortune. Rawlings had Ed Stolle caught by Damon Ridgway in the gully for 20, Ferrick bowled Luke Cheadle, and Rawlings had Savill also caught by Ridgway in the gully for a belligerent 56, off 54 balls. Two balls later Ed Hopkins got a nasty lifter which gave Ridgway a third catch. Dulwich had gone from 90-0 to 92-4 in just 14 balls. Zakir Rostami and Naeem Iqbal dug in, but both fell to Rawlings and were soon followed by Jon Lodwick who gave Ridgway his fourth gully catch, this time off Ferrick. Dulwich had lost seven wickets for 28 runs in 15.4 overs. The two bowlers then completed their ten over spells unchanged, with Rawlings finishing with 5-16 and Ferrick 2-19. Leon Sealy joined Salaar Waqar with the score on 118-7, and they put together a stand of 66 in 17.3 overs for the eighth wicket before both were caught behind in successive overs. Sealy fell for 32 off 61 balls and Waqar also made 32, having batted obdurately for 84 balls. Levi Olver and skipper Alex Gledhill saw the innings through to the close, finishing on 196-9 off their 50 overs. The innings was bolstered by 38 extras, of which 33 were scored as wides.
Rawlings launched Bank’s reply by seemingly trying to emulate Savill, but fell to a juggling slip catch by Stolle off Iqbal, having made 14 off 18 balls. Three overs later a direct hit by Olver ran out Ridgway for a duck to reduce them to 25-2. The momentum was now taken up by Josh Andrighetto, who scored 61 of the next 95 runs. By now a light drizzle had set in which lasted for about an hour and hampered the bowlers, and particularly the spinners. Nonetheless a wicket apiece for Sealy, Gledhill and Lodwick, and two for Waqar, reduced Bank to 141-7 in the 35th over. Skipper Janil Ramesh was joined by Jack O’Brien, and they had put on 36 in 10.2 overs for the eighth wicket to lift the score to 177 when O’Brien was bowled by Olver. The ninth wicket pair had taken the score to 186 in the 48th over when Waqar took his third wicket. The final over was thus reached with the last wicket pair together. Waqar was to bowl it, with five runs wanted for victory. But last man Justin Hunt was facing, and it took him five balls to get the single needed to put his captain on strike. With four needed to win off the last ball Ramesh charged Waqar but was beaten and stumped by Hopkins for 37. Dulwich had emerged victorious by three runs, with Waqar finishing with the creditable figures of 4-25 off eight overs.
This nail-biting victory lifts Dulwich to sixth, but they are one of six teams who have all won two and lost one of their first three games and occupy positions two to seven in the table. Next week they visit Worcester Park, who are one point above them having gained one more bonus point in the match they lost.