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Sat 7th May – 1st XI v Egham

DULWICH 115 (44.3) beat EGHAM 80 (30.1) by 35 runs

As the new Surrey Championship season began with a new sponsor in Travelbag, so a new look Dulwich side with four players making their championship debut took the field against newly promoted Egham. A low scoring match ended in victory for the home side by 35 runs.

No warm-up matches had been possible on Dulwich’s home ground due to the wet weather, and fears that the pitch might prove difficult to bat on proved well founded. Dulwich chose to bat on winning the toss, but three early wickets for Marlon Cornelius put them on the back foot. Amod Pandit followed this up by bowling a seven over spell taking two wickets and conceding only three singles. Dulwich subsided to 74 for 9 after 33.4 overs, with only Ed Stolle (11), newcomer Will Bancroft (16) and Naeem Iqbal (12) making double figures. The last wicket pair of Leon Sealy, also making his debut, and skipper Alex Gledhill then pushed the ball around sensibly, adding 41 together in 10.5 overs to lift the score to 115. Sealy was top scorer with 19, while Gledhill remained unbeaten on 17. This stand was to prove vital in the context of the match. The innings was bolstered by 24 extras.

Dulwich needed an early breakthrough, and got it in the second over when Sealy capped an impressive debut by taking a wicket with his first ball. He and Jon Lodwick proved expensive, however, conceding 34 runs off the first five overs. Gledhill kept faith with Lodwick, who repaid his skipper with wickets in his fourth and sixth overs. He bowled his ten overs unchanged, conceding only seven runs off the last seven to finish with 2-24. Another newcomer, Richard King, had entered the attack, and he also bowled his ten overs straight through. He picked up the next four wickets in 24 balls between his fourth and eighth overs, and finished with 4-25. Iqbal replaced Lodwick and took the eighth wicket with his third ball. Egham had declined from 52-2 to 62-8 in just 9.4 overs. The ninth wicket pair added 16, but there was to be no repeat of the first innings heroics as spinners Gledhill and Salaar Waqar took a wicket apiece to dismiss Egham for 80. Only 50 runs had come from the bat, 21 of them by keeper Matt Main and only one other player reaching double figures. The other 30 runs were extras, including 23 scored as wides.

Dulwich thus started their season with 20 points for a win, and will be looking to build on this next week when they travel to Camberley, who have returned to the second division after relegation from Division 1.

Sun 27th April – Development XI v Spencer

DULWICH 144 (39.1) lost to SPENCER 145-4 (30) by 6 wickets

The Development XI succumbed to a six-wicket defeat at Fieldview in their opening match of the season, despite a bludgeoning knock of 71 by young Franklin Wilson, his maiden half-century for the Club.

Dulwich were put into bat on losing the toss, but despite fielding a more experienced side than usual were soon in trouble. Opening bat David Fincham was bowled in the fourth over and Henry Shine was caught at mid-on two overs later. Worse was to follow when Zakir Rostami was adjudged lbw for 15 in the ninth over. Newcomer Dorian Shillingford hit a useful 20 and together with Franklin Wilson took the score to 52 before he was bowled by one of Spencer’s four spinners. Wickets then fell at regular intervals until the scoreboard read a depressing 94 for 9. Wilson was then joined by his aged captain, who proceeded to shrug off the disappointment of his beloved Dulwich Hamlet’s failure to make the play-offs the previous day by scratching around for long enough to raise the total to reasonable proportions. Striking a series of meaty boundaries, including one six, Wilson raced past the half-century mark and beyond, eventually being bowled off the first ball of the 40th and final over for an invaluable 71, almost half of his team’s total of 144. The last pair had put on exactly fifty, the Club’s highest tenth-wicket stand for seven years (thank you, Statto!).

Conditions deteriorated after the tea interval, with wispy clouds and the occasional sunny interval being replaced by darker skies and drizzle, and Dulwich’s bowlers, manfully though they tried, struggled to make a breakthrough.. Jeremy Jones bowled particularly well, without any luck, and the Spencer openers put on 52 before Tom Gatenby had Jafri expertly caught behind by Dorian Shillingford. Sajdewa (57) and Munro (41) then took the total past the century mark and although Tony Ebert, Alf Grimsey and Henry Shine chipped it with a wicket apiece, Spencer proceeded to a fairly comfortable win with six wickets and ten overs to spare.

Sun 1st Jul – Academy v Banstead


BANSTEAD 226-8 (40) lost to DULWICH 227-8 (40) by 2 wickets


A new-look Academy side containing five debutants had a thrilling first Surrey Trust League game, scoring 11 runs in the last over to defeat Banstead by two wickets off the last ball.

Banstead chose to bat, and scored at a steady rate of about 5-6 per over throughout their innings, opener Billy Yates, with 53 off 55 balls, and James Stainer, 57 off 82, being the main scorers. The total was boosted by 41 extras, including 25 wides. Experienced off-spinner Graeme Hough, with 4-40 off eight overs, was the most successful bowler, while Brandon Kenlock, Sam Redmayne and Euan Johnson picked up a wicket each.

The Dulwich reply was built around a fine innings of 85, off only 89 balls, by Alastair Neden, in his first appearance for the Academy. Kenlock provided solid support in a second wicket partnership which had taken the score to 99 in the 20th over when Kenlock fell for 22, off 60 balls. Neden was joined by another newcomer, Greg Bond, who made 19 off 26 balls before being run out. Johnson, with 30 off 26 balls, Zakir Rostami, 7 off 9, and Jamie Hall, 14 off 9, kept the score moving until 11 were required off the last over. Opening bowler Yates was recalled to bowl it, but a wide, followed by seven runs off the next three balls, reduced the requirement to three off three. Fergus Neve was bowled by the first of these, but a run to a wide off the next ball brought the scores level, and also brought Hall back on strike with two balls remaining. He fell aiming for the winning hit, and it took a bye off the last ball to secure victory. Banstead were even more profligate with the extras, conceding 46, including 24 wides.

This was a most promising start for an inexperienced side, and they will be hoping to build on it next week in a friendly game at home to Wimbledon.