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Sat 9th May – 1st XI v Chessington

CHESSINGTON 243-9 (50) beat DULWICH 127 (28.5) by 116 runs


Dulwich got off to a disappointing start to the new season in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship, losing at home to Chessington by 116 runs.

Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, and got an early reward as Naeem Iqbal struck in the second over. The Chessington innings was then dominated by their new overseas player, Australian James McNeil, who advanced to 124, off only 130 balls. Seven bowlers were used in an attempt to break his second wicket stand of 147 with skipper Dan Yarnley, and it was the last of these, Salaar Waqar, who finally made the breakthrough, removing Yarnley for exactly 50. Keeper Matt Alldis then helped McNeil add 47 for the third wicket off only 35 balls, before also falling to Waqar for 12 with the score on 208. This was the first of five wickets in successive overs for Waqar, who took the vital wicket of McNeil in his next over and finished with 6-33 off nine overs. Two run outs in the last over gave Dulwich an unexpected third bowling point as the Chessington innings closed on 243-9 after their 50 overs, the last seven wickets having gone down in 9.2 overs for just 35 runs.

The Dulwich innings started positively as Ed Stolle and the new captain, Australian OP Michael Currey, raced to 34 in the fourth over. Stolle’s dismissal off the last ball for 20, made off just 16 balls, was followed by two more wickets on the same score, with Currey going for 13 (off 11 balls) and Stuart Ferguson falling first ball to a superb catch by Yarnley at second slip. Wickets then fell at regular intervals, with Ed Hopkins, Frankie Brown, Waqar and Zakir Rostami all getting into double figures but failing to advance beyond 18. Alex Gledhill provided a late flourish, scoring 19 not out off 21 balls, as Dulwich were dismissed for 127 in the 29th over.

Under the new points system Chessington claimed 20 points, while Dulwich managed just the three bowling points. They will be looking for a much better performance next week, at home to Esher.

Sat 6th Sep – 1st XI v Worcester Park

WORCESTER PARK 120 (37.2) lost to DULWICH 122-8 (44.5) by 2 wickets


Dulwich won their final match of the season in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship, beating Worcester Park by two wickets in a nail-biting finish to achieve fifth place in the table.

Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, and bowled them out for 120 in just 37.2 overs. Rob Waite, whose 36 runs (off 34 balls) monopolized a sixth wicket stand of 40 in 8.2 overs with Josh Longhurst, was the only batsman to score more than 13. The innings was unusual in that Waqas Sagar was dismissed ‘handled the ball’ after instinctively trying to protect his stumps with his hand. The remaining nine wickets were shared around, with Naeem Iqbal taking 3-30 off eight overs, Stuart Ferguson 2-19 off six, and skipper Tom Savill, Alex Gledhill (whose ten overs cost just 21 runs), David Knightbridge and Matt Balch (in his first bowl of the season) taking one wicket each. Knightbridge had an eventful day, taking a wicket with a full toss when the batsman was bowled after turning his back on the ball, and then being removed from the attack for bowling two accidental beamers. Iqbal finished the season as Dulwich’s leading wicket taker with 25 at 20.12, while Gledhill took 21 at 20.09.

Dulwich opened their reply with Ed Stolle and keeper James Balmforth. The pair lasted only eight balls, when Balmforth sacrificed himself after both batsmen ended up at the same end. Stolle and Ferguson had advanced the score to 40 in the tenth over when Stolle became the first of four victims, all lbw, for left arm spinner Grant Helm. His aggressive innings of 27 had come off just 29 balls. Ferguson and Chris Stone took Dulwich to tea at a comfortable looking 42-2 after 11 overs, but Stone and Balch both fell to Helm after the interval to make it 54-4 in the 20th over. Ferguson and Sunil Mahey then advanced the score sensibly to 81, but Ferguson’s dismissal for 27 was quickly followed by Mahey for 11 and Nick Hudson for 1 to make it 86-7 after 30.2 overs. Savill joined Iqbal with the last three wickets still needing 35 for victory. They added 18 together in 5.3 overs before Savill fell for 10 with the score on 104. Iqbal and Gledhill took eight overs to knock off the final 18 runs, progressing mostly in singles until Iqbal hit a boundary to take his own score to 15 and bring his side victory after 44.5 overs.

Dulwich finished the season by winning five of their last six matches, beating all of the clubs that finished below them, while rising from eighth to fifth in the table. They will be looking to build on this fine performance next season.

Sat 30th Aug – 1st XI v Chessington

CHESSINGTON 113 (45.3) lost to DULWICH 114-4 (33.1) by 6 wickets


Dulwich recorded another emphatic victory in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship, defeating Chessington by six wickets.

Dulwich put Chessington in to bat, only to see the openers advance steadily to 23 after nine overs. This proved a false dawn, as two wickets for skipper Tom Savill in the tenth over, followed by two more for Naeem Iqbal in the eleventh, left them reeling on 27-4. Both bowlers finished their opening spell of seven overs with figures of 2-16. They then gave way to Salaar Waqar and Stuart Ferguson, who imposed such a stranglehold on the batsmen that only 32 runs came off their 20 overs in tandem. Dan Yarnley, with 10 off 56 balls, and Paul Willis, 13 off 53, crawled to 59 in the 27th over, but three wickets in four overs then reduced them to 65-7. Waqar took two of them to finish with figures of 10-2-17-2, while Ferguson had the miserly figures of 10-4-10-1. Ed Stolle chipped in with a wicket in his third over to make it 78-8 after 39.3 overs. He and David Knightbridge were however unable to maintain the same pressure, as Dhillon Woutersz launched a counter attack, smashing 15 off only 10 balls before Knightbridge got him with the score on 99. Last man Richard Singleton then produced the most impressive strokes of the innings before Savill returned to snare him for 12 off 8 balls to finish with 3-21 and dismiss Chessington for 113 after 45.3 overs.

Chessington then took the unusual step of opening the bowling with the left-arm spin of Singleton, and he rewarded his captain by dismissing Chris Stone in his first over. Ferguson and Australian OP Michael Currey had to tread warily, with Ferguson taking 27 balls to get off the mark before being run out in a mix-up after completing his first run. Tom Deasy joined Currey at 16-2 in the 11th over, and the pair were gradually able to start accelerating. They had put on 37 for the third wicket in 10.2 overs when Deasy fell for 16. Matt Balch followed five overs later, leaving Dulwich on 66-4 after 26.1 overs. Any fears that there might still be a tight finish were quickly dispelled by Savill. The skipper went for his shots from the start, racing to 29 off 26 balls as Dulwich knocked off the remaining 48 runs in just seven overs. Currey hit the winning run to finish on 48, off 85 balls. This was his last innings of the season, and he ends as the leading scorer in the division with 687 runs at an average of 68.7.

Dulwich are guaranteed to finish no lower than their current sixth place, having beaten each of the four sides below them in the last five weeks. They would rise at least one place if they win their last match at home to Worcester Park, who are seven points above them in a tie for fourth place with Walton-on-Thames. 

Sat 23rd Aug – 1st XI v Ashtead

ASHTEAD 311-8 (50) beat DULWICH 169-9 (41) by 142 runs


A weakened Dulwich side were thoroughly outplayed in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match against leaders Ashtead, and went down to defeat by 142 runs.

Dulwich’s bowling, already lacking Alex Gledhill, was further depleted by the late withdrawal of skipper Tom Savill for family reasons, and the non-appearance of Frankie Brown, whose absence left them with only ten men. Michael Currey took over the reins as acting captain, and saw his decision to field rewarded as Naeem Iqbal took the first wicket in the opening over. They failed to build on this, however, as John Vaughan-Davies and England under 19 batsman Dominic Sibley added 114 for the second wicket in just 17.4 overs. Vaughan-Davies fell to Salaar Waqar for 53 (off 55 balls) and Stuart Ferguson followed up with two wickets in a tight spell which conceded 47 runs off his ten overs. In Brown’s absence Ed Stolle, who had done sterling work last week as a stand-in keeper, was now pressed into service as a bowler. Once again he responded admirably, bowling his ten overs straight through for 48 runs and picking up the valuable wicket of Sibley, who had looked destined for a century before surprisingly falling for 96, scored off 113 balls. Stewart Cameron then anchored the rest of the innings while the other batsmen went for their shots, as 98 runs came off the last 11.4 overs. Waqar conceded 42 off his last four overs but picked up a wicket in each of his last three to finish with 4-75 off his ten overs. The Ashtead innings closed on 311-8 after their 50 overs.

Dulwich gave a debut to 17 year old opener Chris Stone. He was nearly run out without facing off the first ball of the innings, but then played impressively to score 10 in a partnership of 38 in 10.2 overs with Currey before an attempt to take a sharp second run this time proved fatal. Currey was joined by Ferguson, and together they took the score to 72 in the 20th over when Currey fell for 37, scored off 49 balls. Ferguson then dominated the rest of the innings as wickets fell around him. Matt Balch, who made 10 in a partnership of 36 in eight overs for the fourth wicket, and Iqbal, who also made 10 while adding 23 in 4.2 overs for the seventh, were the only other batsmen to make double figures. Ferguson’s dismissal for 85 (off 98 balls) was followed by two more wickets in the next over as the last three wickets all went down with the score on 169. The wickets were shared around, with four bowlers taking two wickets each.

Dulwich remain in sixth place, and will be looking to put this defeat behind them next week with a home fixture against Chessington, whom they beat by one run earlier in the season and who are now one place below them in the table.

Sat 16th Aug – 1st XI v Purley

PURLEY 147 (48.2) lost to DULWICH 149-6 (32) by 4 wickets


Dulwich defeated Purley by four wickets to record their third win in as many weeks in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship.

Dulwich put their opponents in to bat on a green pitch, but had to wait until the 15th over before claiming their first wicket when Naeem Iqbal struck with the score on 40. Spinners Frankie Brown and Salaar Waqar then bowled their ten over spells in tandem. They kept the Purley batsmen tied down while picking up the next four wickets, Waqar finishing with 3-34 and Brown 1-24. The score had reached 116 in the 40th over when Iqbal returned to take a wicket in each of his last two overs to reduce them to 123-7, and complete his ten overs with figures of 3-24. These included the vital wicket of West Indian OP Tion Webster, whose 46 had come off 61 balls before he was well caught by Alex Gledhill, his second good catch of the innings. Gledhill followed this up by taking two quick wickets to reduce them to 126-9 after 44.4 overs, but a late flourish by Tishan Wanigaratne, who hit an unbeaten 20 off 22 balls, lifted the score to 147. Gledhill removed the last man to finish with 3-17 off 6.2 overs, as Purley were dismissed in the 49th over.

The Dulwich reply was launched in fine style by Australian OP Michael Currey, who went for his shots from the start. Despite losing skipper Tom Savill for 6 with the score on 15 in only the second over, Currey raced along, monopolising both the scoring and the strike. He had reached 51 off 53 balls before becoming the second wicket to fall with the score on 69 after only 13.2 overs. Stuart Ferguson was then joined by Brown and together they took the score to 120 when Brown fell for 15. His dismissal sparked a mini-collapse in which three more wickets fell for just 16 runs in five overs, with Matt Balch falling for 1, Ed Stolle for 5, and Ferguson, who had earlier survived when the ball trickled onto the stumps without dislodging a bail, for a solid 41. Waqar and Iqbal then joined forces to see their side to victory with 18 overs to spare.

The match was unusual in that both sides had to replace their keepers during its course. Dulwich keeper James Balmforth suffered a neck injury early in the innings, and had to hand over the gloves to Stolle after 12 overs. Purley’s Stuart Glassington injured his leg while batting (and was out next ball after making 39), and was unable to keep, with Harry Hanford deputising. Both stand-in keepers performed well, with Stolle pulling off a sharp stumping and no byes being conceded in the match.

Dulwich have now defeated the bottom three clubs in successive weeks. They remain in sixth place, but have opened a large gap over the sides below them and are now assured of a mid-table position. Next week they face tougher opposition when they visit leaders Ashtead, who will be looking for a win to sustain their promotion challenge.