NORMANDY 226 (48.2) beat DULWICH 175 (43.1) by 51 runs
Dulwich suffered yet another defeat in the Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1, losing by 51 runs at Normandy. This defeat, coupled with Farnham’s win in a rain affected match against Valley End, condemns Dulwich to relegation.
Dulwich chose to field first, but a succession of wides helped their opponents get off to a flying start, as the first wicket put on 36 in just six overs. Naeem Iqbal was immune to the carnage and picked up the first two wickets in an opening spell of seven overs for 28. The score had nonetheless advanced to 66 off 11 overs, and it took the left arm spin of Levi Olver to put a brake on the scoring, bowling his ten overs straight through to take 2-30. He was joined in the attack by fellow slow left armer Frankie Brown, who took 2-36 off his ten overs. A wicket on debut for Matt Cook reduced Normandy to 171-7 after 36 overs, but with the spinners bowled out the tail wagged against the quicker bowlers, as the last three wickets added 55 in 12.2 overs. Cook took a second wicket to finish with 2-40 off nine overs, skipper Tom Savill also picked up a wicket and Iqbal returned to finish it off. The innings was boosted by 31 extras, 27 of which were scored as wides, as Normandy were dismissed for 226 in the 49th over.
Dulwich also started positively as South African OP Jonathan Lewis raced to 24 off only 28 balls in a stand of 37 for the first wicket with Brown. Brown and Ed Stolle added a further 36 in ten overs for the second wicket, but after Stolle’s dismissal for 9 Brown played a lone hand as wickets fell steadily at the other end. Brown’s dismissal for 65, off 106 balls, left Dulwich on 135-6 after 34.5 overs. Cook with 15 and Olver 18 added 24 for the seventh wicket, but the last four wickets then fell for 16 runs and they were all out for 175 in the 44th over. Once again only four batsmen had made double figures, and the second top score was extras of which there were also 31, including 26 scored as wides.
Next week Dulwich visit Camberley, who are one of four teams still in contention for the second promotion place.