DULWICH 190-9 (50) beat CHEAM 83 (23.5) by 107 runs
Dulwich gained a comprehensive victory by 107 runs in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Cheam.
Dulwich elected to bat, and got off to a rapid start as Tom Savill took ten runs off the second over. However his dismissal, caught at long leg in the next over, was quickly followed by the run out of John Morris. Skipper Michael Currey and Stuart Ferguson now had to consolidate against demanding bowling, scoring just two runs off their first six overs together, with Ferguson taking 26 balls to get off the mark. The pair were gradually able to accelerate and had taken their partnership to 56 off 22.5 overs when Ferguson was also run out for 17, with the score on 74. Frankie Brown joined Currey in a fourth wicket partnership which doubled the score, putting on 74 in just 13.5 overs. Brown’s dismissal for 30 off 48 balls was followed by a flurry of wickets in the last eight overs as the later batsmen got out seeking quick runs. Currey was the seventh wicket to fall, having held the innings together with a fine 76. Having taken 101 balls to reach his first 50 of the season, he had scored the next 26 off just 23 balls. The innings closed on 190-9 after the allotted 50 overs. Extras also made a significant contribution, including three lots of five wides.
The Cheam openers found Naeem Iqbal a real handful, his first four overs all being maidens as he produced his best spell of the season. Ian Toppin at the other end struggled at first with his run up, 16 runs coming from his first over. He then tightened up to bowl some testing deliveries and claimed the first wicket off the last ball of his third over. Iqbal followed up with three wickets in his next four overs to reduce Cheam to 53-4 in the 13th. Iqbal finished his spell with 3-14 off seven overs, while Toppin recovered well after his first over to return the respectable figures of 1-20 off his next five. Ferguson and Brown now took over the bowling and worked their way through the rest of the Cheam batting, with Brown taking 2-11 off four overs and Ferguson finishing with the excellent figures of 4-14 off 5.5. Cheam were dismissed in less than 24 overs for a paltry 83.
This win gives Dulwich 20 points, and lifts them to joint 6th in the table, after winning two and losing two of their four 50 over matches. Next week the format reverts to the time games as Dulwich entertain Old Rutlishians, who are currently in third place.