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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.

Sun 13th May – Development XI v Beddington

DULWICH 202-0 beat Beddington 89 by 113 runs

An excellent unbroken opening partnership of 202 between Chris Ford and 14-year-old debutant Michael Slade laid the foundations for the Development XI’s second successive victory at a pleasantly sunny Beddington Park on Sunday.  According to Statto, this is the club’s first double-century stand since August 2010.

By all accounts, the square had been under water three days beforehand, but if the home side’s skipper expected any demons in the wicket his decision to bowl first went sadly awry.

Ford carried on where he left off at the tail end of last season with a masterful knock of 127, which included three sixes, whilst young Slade exceeded all expectations on the occasion of his first game in senior cricket with an understandably more watchful, but nevertheless impressive 62.  Both batsmen had a couple of lives, but with Beddington’s fielders unable to cling onto the chances offered, the opening pair marched on, passing one landmark after another, until the third of Ford’s six-hits brought up the 200 in only the 38th over of the innings.  JL promptly declared.  Whether he was satisfied with the total, or couldn’t wait any longer to get stuck into the home side’s splendid tea, we’ll leave our readers to guess!

Despite the whole team’s over-indulgence during a generously lengthy tea interval, Dulwich were soon among the wickets.  Henry Shine, from the Under 15s, removed both openers and David Standley bowled very steadily during an economical opening spell.  Beddington’s fifth wicket pair staged a partial recovery and, as the last twenty overs were called, it appeared that Dulwich would have their work cut out to force a victory.  By now spinners Tony Ebert and Sudhakar Rethinasamy were bowling in harness and when vice-captain Ebert eventually broke the stand, the rest of the innings quickly subsided.  Rethinasamy took 1-9 off 10 overs, but it was Ebert who did most of the damage, picking up three wickets in one particular over and eventually finishing with 5-22, all of his victims being clean-bowled.  Shine returned to claim his third wicket to finish off the innings as the home side were dismissed for 89, leaving the Development XI victors by a margin of 113 runs.

Sun 7th Aug – Academy v Burgess Park

The Dulwich Academy side completed their Surrey Trust League season with a 16 run win in a rain affected match at Burgess Park.

The hosts chose to field first, and the match started in steady drizzle. Sunil Mahey fell to the first legitimate ball of the match, but Nick Storey and Euan Johnson had taken the score to 25-1 after 5.2 overs when heavy rain drove the players from the field. Over 90 minutes play was lost, and the match was reduced from 40 overs to 27 overs a side as a result. On the resumption the score advanced to 48-1 after 10.1 overs when rain again interrupted play. A further 45 minutes were lost, reducing the match to 20 overs a side.

With only 9.5 overs left to post a competitive score greater urgency was required. Johnson led the way, dominating the scoring (and the strike) until falling for 39 with the score on 75 after 14.2 overs. Storey then took command, adding 43 in 3.4 overs with skipper Tom Deasy, who made 15, and 23 in 2 overs with Tarun Mahey, who scored 9 not out. Storey finished on 56 not out, made off only 44 balls. Dulwich closed on 141-3 off their 20 overs, with 60 runs having come off the last 5 overs.

In reply, Burgess Park were kept in check by Seamus Betts and Zabeh Mohammad, who restricted them to 31-1 off the first 6 overs, the wicket falling to a run out. Monjural Alam then accelerated the scoring, adding 35 for the second wicket with Saiful Islam, who was bowled by Johnson for 14, and 40 for the third wicket with skipper Andre Charles. Alam’s dismissal, run out for 49, made it 92-3 after 13.4 overs. With 50 needed in 6.2 overs the batting side were still in with a chance, but three good overs by Zakir Rostami, supported by an over apiece by Mohammad, Johnson and Betts, restricted them to 125-5 after their 20 overs. Johnson completed a fine all round performance by taking a second wicket, dismissing Charles for 20, while the fifth wicket fell to Rostami. In contrast to the Dulwich innings, only 22 runs had come off the last 5 overs of the Burgess Park innings.

Dulwich’s victory prevented their opponents from progressing to the play-offs, but unfortunately they fell one point short of doing so themselves. Nonetheless a young side should take heart from this victory and hope that it stands them in good stead for next season.

Sun 31st July – Academy v Beddington

A disappointing all-round performance saw the Dulwich Academy side crumble to a ten wicket defeat in their Surrey Trust League game at Beddington.

Dulwich were put in to bat, but lost two wickets in the first four overs with only 7 runs on the board. Sunil Mahey gritted it out for a hard fought 12 off 64 balls, but most of the other early batsmen got out to loose shots as Dulwich struggled to 53-5 after 22.3 overs.

Tarun Mahey then went on the attack, scoring 29 off 28 balls and sharing a 6th wicket partnership of 39 in 10.5 overs with debutant Aidan Fleet, who showed the necessary application in batting 50 balls for his 12. Fleet’s dismissal was the first of four wickets to fall for 21 in five overs, and it took a swift 9 not out off 7 balls by Seamus Betts to raise the total to 119-9 after 40 overs. 26 of those runs had been scored as extras, including 19 wides.

Fears that this would not be enough were soon realised as a succession of wides and no balls saw 25 on the board after 7 overs, with only two of those runs coming off the bat. Four chances went down as the openers cruised to their target in 26.4 overs, with Sonny Zaman making 36 off 88 balls, and skipper Antony Down 48 off 76 balls. The total was boosted by 38 extras, 25 of which were wides.

The team conclude the league section of the season on Sunday at Burgess Park and hope to end this part of the competition with a positive result.