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Sat 1st Aug – 1st XI v Chessington

DULWICH 236-8 (55) beat CHESSINGTON 223 (44.1) by 13 runs


Dulwich took the last five wickets in just 17 balls to pull off an astonishing 13 run victory in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 clash at Chessington.

Dulwich were put in to bat and lost wickets steadily, with Ed Stolle falling for 10, Stuart Ferguson for 4, and Tom Savill for 8. Matt Balch came to the wicket with the score on 49-3 in the 17th over and remained for the rest of the innings, keeping one end going while amassing an unbeaten 54 off 111 balls. He shared in partnerships of 37 in 10.4 overs with skipper Michael Currey, who was fourth out with the score on 86 having made 48 off 79 balls, and 74 in 17.5 overs for the fifth wicket with Sam Tennant, whose 51 came off only 62 balls. Tennant’s dismissal was quickly followed by those of Ed Hopkins for 2 and Jon Lodwick, run out for 5, to make it 171-7 after 47.2 overs. Naeem Iqbal once again launched a counter attack, smashing 30 off just 14 balls in a stand of 38 in four overs for the eighth wicket. A breezy 10 off eight balls from Salaar Waqar helped Balch add an unbeaten 27 for the ninth wicket to take the score to 236-8 after 55 overs.

The Chessington reply was dominated by a century by opener Karl Thorns. The seamers were unable to get an early breakthrough as 15 year old Prince Singh helped Thorns add 64 in 17.4 overs for the first wicket, and it took the off spin of Waqar to dismiss Singh for 24. James McNeil joined Thorns, and they seemed to be cruising to victory as they added 77 in just 13.4 overs for the second wicket. It took the return of Lodwick, who had taken some stick in his opening spell, to break the stand, having McNeil lbw for 28, and following it up with another lbw next ball. Thorns and Ronan Qazi added a further 33 in 5.4 overs before Lodwick struck again, dismissing Thorns for 113, scored off 101 balls. Slow left armer Alex Gledhill was by now imposing his usual restraint, and picked up the wicket of acting skipper Matt Alldis. At 197-5 after 41 overs, with 40 still needed off just four overs, a win for either side looked unlikely, but the later batsmen continued to go for their shots and paid the penalty. Waqar dismissed Qazi in the 42nd over, Gledhill struck with the last ball of the 43rd, and Waqar followed up with a stumping off the first ball of the 44th. Taidhg Randall then hit ten off the next four balls, but was run out trying to take a cheeky single to pinch the strike for the last over and being sent back by his partner. With the last pair together, the winning draw target already passed, and just two runs needed for an extra batting point, Adam Lawrence smashed the first ball to Balch at long off to see his side dismissed for 223. The last seven wickets had gone down in 7.1 overs, and the last five in just 17 balls. Lodwick, Waqar and Gledhill each finished with three wickets.

This victory lifts Dulwich two places to eighth in the table, level on points with Cheam and eight ahead of Ashford. Next week the competition reverts to 50 overs per side as Dulwich face a tough match at Old Rutlishians, who slip to third after losing their top of the table clash with Walton on Thames.


Sat 25th Jul – 1st XI v Cheam

DULWICH 219 (53.1) lost to CHEAM 221-4 (44.4) by 6 wickets


An unbeaten century by visiting batsman Will Brown condemned Dulwich to a six wicket defeat in their crucial relegation tussle with Cheam in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship.

Dulwich lost the toss for the first time this season, and were put in to bat. The innings got off to an extraordinary start when Ed Stolle hit the first ball onto the adjacent railway line for six, necessitating a lengthy search for a suitable replacement. Stolle went on to score 67, his highest score of the season, off 98 balls. Andrew Cornick fell for 5 and Jon Lodwick for a single to make it 25-2 after six overs, but Stolle then enjoyed partnerships of 60 in 16 overs for the third wicket with Tom Savill, who made 27 off 43 balls, and 35 in ten overs for the fourth with Stuart Ferguson, whose 15 came off 33 after taking 16 balls to get off the mark. Stolle’s dismissal was quickly followed by those of Ferguson and Euan Johnson as three wickets fell in 18 balls for just one run, to reduce Dulwich to 121-6 in the 35th over. Naeem Iqbal once again launched a counter attack, scoring 24 off 27 balls and making all but one of a seventh wicket stand of 25 with Sam Tennant. The latter was then joined by Salaar Waqar and together they added 57 in 9.1 overs before Waqar fell for 32, having faced just 27 balls, with the score on 203. Acting skipper Alex Gledhill helped Tennant add a further 16 before falling for 6 off eight balls. Tennant was last man out in the next over, having made a valuable 36 off 48 balls. Dulwich were all out for 219 off the first ball of the 54th over.

Cheam were left with 46 overs to get the runs, but Iqbal and Lodwick proved quite a handful at the start, frequently beating the bat. Iqbal picked up the first two wickets to reduce Cheam to 22-2 in the ninth over. Hopes of a further breakthrough were thwarted by Brown and opener Steve Horne, who added 76 for the third wicket in 17 overs. The spinners were unable to exert their usual control but picked up a wicket apiece, with Waqar removing Horne for an obdurate 43 off 87 balls, and Gledhill dismissing Joe Bracher for 11. Brown and Rob Hendry thus came together with the score on 123 in the 31st over, and continued to score steadily. Gledhill turned to the seamers in a bid to break the partnership, but this served only to accelerate the scoring as the pair romped to victory with eight balls to spare. They had added 98 for the fifth wicket in just 14 overs, with Brown finishing on 110 off 103 balls, while Hendry faced 41 balls for his 37.

Dulwich fall to the foot of the table following Ashford’s surprise victory over Old Rutlishians. They are now 12 points behind Ashford and 22 behind Cheam, who remain in eighth place, and they badly need to start winning again if they are to turn the season round. Next week they play their last “time” game, away to third placed Chessington.


Sat 18th Jul – 1st XI v Walton on Thames

DULWICH 129 lost to WALTON ON THAMES 132-1 by 9 wickets


Dulwich were thoroughly outplayed by leaders Walton on Thames to lose their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match by 9 wickets.

Dulwich won the toss for the 11th time in 11 matches, and uncharacteristically chose to bat first. This did not produce a reversal in fortunes however as John Morris, skipper Michael Currey and Gareth Cornick all went cheaply in the first nine overs. Andrew Cornick joined Stuart Ferguson with the score on 18-3, and together they put on 32 for the fourth wicket in 13.3 overs before Cornick was bowled for 11. The scoring rate now stagnated as only five runs came off the next twelve overs while losing the wickets of Ferguson, whose obdurate 23 had taken 81 balls, and Matt Balch, who scored just a single off 21 balls. Naeem Iqbal launched a counter attack, and was supported by Sam Tennant in a stand of 40 in 15 overs for the seventh wicket. Both fell with the score on 92, Tennant making a dogged 9 off 47 balls while Iqbal faced 50 balls for his enterprising 31. A late cameo from Jon Lodwick, with 25 off 21 balls, helped lift the score to 129. The wickets were shared among the Walton bowlers, who all bowled tidily, none more so than Jack Dominy, whose first six overs were all maidens and who at one point had taken 2-1 off eight overs.

Dulwich needed an early breakthrough, but were unable to obtain one as openers Paul Bainbridge and Alex Pindar put on 52 for the first wicket in 15.3 overs before the latter fell to Salaar Waqar for 29. The second wicket pair then knocked off the runs, with Bainbridge finishing on 57 off 88 balls, and OP Anthony Alleyne smashing 44 off just 37 balls, with all but four of his runs coming in boundaries.

Dulwich failed to take a single point from this encounter and slip to ninth, one point behind Cheam whose winning draw at bottom club Ashford lifts them to eighth. Dulwich and Cheam will therefore both be desperate for a victory to take them out of the relegation zone when they meet each other next week at Dulwich.


Sat 11th Jul – 1st XI v Esher

EPSOM 208 (52) beat DULWICH 122 (44.5) by 86 runs


A determined rearguard effort was insufficient to save Dulwich after a middle order collapse, as they went down to defeat by 86 runs in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Epsom.

Dulwich won the toss for the tenth time in ten matches, and once again chose to field. The Epsom openers got off to a flying start against quickies Naeem Iqbal and Ian Toppin, racing to 58 off the first 11 overs. The advent of spinners Alex Gledhill and Salaar Waqar brought about an immediate transformation as three wickets fell with the score on 61. Waqar picked up a wicket in each of his first three overs and another in his fifth, while Gledhill struck in his second. The pair continued to maintain the pressure, conceding only 35 runs off their first 15 overs in tandem while a second wicket for Gledhill reduced Epsom to 93-6 in the 26th over. Stuart Knapman and Asim Zeb stopped the rot, adding 62 in 17 overs for the seventh wicket before Iqbal returned to dismiss Knapman for 39. But he was unable to force a further breakthrough as Zeb dominated a stand of 42 for the eighth wicket. It took the return of Waqar to break the stand, and Gledhill followed it up by taking the last two wickets in the next over, including that of Zeb, whose 64 had come from 85 balls. Epsom were dismissed for 208 off the last ball of the 52nd over, with Waqar taking 5-51 off 15 overs, and Gledhill bowling unchanged for 21 overs to take 4-71.

Dulwich were left with 48 overs to get the runs, but expected to bat a man short after Nick Hudson fractured his finger in the field. Ed Stolle fell for 9 in the sixth over, but skipper Michael Currey and Stuart Ferguson had taken the score to 41 after 10.1 overs when Currey gave a return catch to his opposite number, to fall for 23. There then followed a collapse as the next four batsmen could manage just eight runs between them, and Dulwich declined to 75-6 after 25.1 overs. Iqbal then helped Ferguson add 20 in 6.3 overs for the seventh wicket before the latter was given out stumped, having faced 73 balls for his 35. With 16.2 overs left there was no alternative but to try and hold out for the draw. Iqbal and Gledhill blocked stoically for 9.4 overs, but Gledhill fell lbw after facing 24 balls for an obdurate 2, and Iqbal fell the same way three overs later, having faced 62 balls for his 31. With 3.2 overs left Hudson bravely attempted to bat one-handed, but inevitably succumbed to a straight one first ball, leaving Toppin undefeated on 4. Dulwich were all out for 122, with only three batsmen having reached double figures.

Dulwich take just three points from the match, but were fortunate that neither of the sides below them won, so they remain in eighth place. Next week they face another tough match, at home to leaders Walton on Thames.

Sat 27th Jun – 1st XI v Purley

PURLEY 239 (55) beat DULWICH 182 (43.1) by 57 runs


Another disastrous late order collapse saw Dulwich squander a strong position to lose by 57 runs in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Purley.

Dulwich won the toss for the eighth consecutive match, and once again chose to field. Naeem Iqbal dismissed both openers to reduce Purley to 28-2 after 8.5 overs. Trinidadian OP Camillo Carimbocas then dominated a third wicket stand of 104 in 25.5 overs with Tauseef Mehdi before being run out when both batsmen found themselves at the same end. His 62, off 77 balls, was his fifth score over fifty in a prolific season. Acting skipper Alex Gledhill then imposed some order, conceding only nine runs off his first five overs and taking the wicket of Mehdi for exactly 50. Purley skipper James Scott then dominated the bowling, scoring 35 out of a fifth wicket partnership of 41 before falling to Frankie Brown for 45, scored off 39 balls. This was the first of four wickets in four overs for Brown, who, having failed to take a wicket in his first 11 overs, finished with 4-66 off 16. Iqbal returned to take two wickets in the last over to finish with 4-42 off nine overs. Purley were all out for 239 off the last ball of the 55th over.

Dulwich were left with just 45 overs to get the runs. Chris Curran made a solid 8 in his first knock for the first team, while Nick Hudson got off to a flying start with 35 off 31 balls before becoming the second wicket to fall with the score on 48 off 11 overs. Brown joined Stuart Ferguson and took his time to get going, taking 20 balls to get off the mark, but then required just 37 more to take his score to 36 when he became the third man out with the score on 118. Euan Johnson soon followed, and Ferguson became the fifth wicket with the score on 135, having made 48 off 80 balls. With just 11.2 overs left a win was now unattainable, but 61 for the winning draw was still a realistic target. Keeper Ed Hopkins then dominated a sixth wicket stand of 37 in six overs with Matt Balch, who was stumped for seven. With just 24 needed off 5.2 overs sensible batting should have brought the winning draw, but Hopkins fell two overs later, caught in the outfield for an enterprising 39 off 30 balls, and Salaar Waqar followed in similar fashion two balls later. This left the last two wickets needing to hold out for 3.2 overs to secure the draw, but this proved beyond them as Jon Lodwick received the perfect yorker first ball and Gledhill fell to a slip catch with 11 balls remaining. Dulwich were dismissed for 182 off the first ball of the 44th over. The last five wickets had gone down for ten runs, with four of them falling to off spinner Razi Khan who finished with 6-52. The last four wickets had fallen in twelve balls for just three.

Dulwich take just five points from this match and slip one place to eighth in the table. Next week they face a crucial visit to Esher, whose victory over Cheam lifted them to seventh. Dulwich defeated them in their first meeting, and will be looking for a repeat performance this time.