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Sun 26th June – Development XI v Banstead

DULWICH 197-8 (40) beat BANSTEAD 137-8 (40) by 60 runs


Several fine performances from the younger players was the feature of Sunday’s fine win at Banstead. The victory also maintained the team’s good run in recent weeks, with four wins and a draw to their credit after starting the season with three straight losses.

The wicket was nice and flat, albeit a little damp after recent rainfall, and when JL won the toss he confidently elected to bat first in this 40 overs a side contest. But he must have been having second thoughts a few overs in! With only five runs on the board, openers Dylan Brook and the in-form James Chudley were back in the hutch, both having their furniture disturbed by the lively Banstead opening attack. But third wicket pair, Jonny ‘Pebble’ Stone and Henry Shine gradually repaired the early damage. ‘H’ struck four boundaries in a bright and breezy 27 before being dismissed with the score on 45. Pebble was then joined by Zach Wood, making his first appearance of the season, and the pair continued the recovery, taking the score past the century mark. Zach attacked the change bowlers at every opportunity, hitting eight fours and a six in an enterprising knock of 57, whilst Pebble adopted a more measured approach, collecting ones and twos to keep the score ticking along nicely. After Zach departed with the total on 129, Pebble was well supported by Dan Edwards (21) and Robbie Matthews (13) and eventually reached his first half-century for the Development Team before being caught for 52. After 40 overs the Dulwich innings closed on 197-8, a substantial total considering the poor start.

In contrast, the Banstead innings began well with 37 runs on the board after just six overs. Only one wicket fell during that period, with Gus Davies trapping the opposing skipper lbw. Apart from one bad over, which went for 14, Gus bowled a good opening spell and at a lively pace, finishing with figures of 3-29. Well supported by a tidy spell from Robbie Matthews, Gus applied a brake on the Banstead run rate. The home side rallied somewhat and raised their score to 104-3, but fell increasingly behind the required run rate as the off-breaks of Dan Edwards combined with the medium pace of Zach Wood provided few scoring opportunities. Desperation crept in and Dan (3-27) and Zach (2-15) reaped the rewards, reducing Banstead to 133 for 8. Numbers nine and ten survived the final overs, but added few runs and the home side finished on 137-8, leaving Dulwich comfortable winners by a margin of 60 runs.

Zach Wood received the team’s Young Man of the Match award for his all-round performance. Apart from one dropped catch, he also fielded very well.

Sadly, this was vice-captain Tony Ebert’s last game for the Club. Tony has been an invaluable help to the Development Team over the past decade and he was warmly thanked after the game for all the encouragement he has given to a succession of young players during the period. He has taken several wickets over the years, scored some useful runs and taken a number of fine catches at slip. He has also kept wicket on occasions and he gave a particularly competent display behind the stumps in this, his final game. Tony is moving north in the next few days to start a new life in Yorkshire and we wish him and Lindsay all the very best for the future.

Sun 19th June – Development XI v Franklin Lewin

DULWICH 73-8 (39.2) beat FRANKLIN LEWIN 72 (45.1) by 2 wickets

The Development XI continued their recent good run to make it three wins and a draw from their last four games with this narrow victory over Franklin Lewin CC at Netherne on the Hill near Coulsdon on Sunday afternoon. The feature of the game was the snail-like scoring rate with the home side taking 45.1 overs to reach their meagre tally of 72, whilst Dulwich had to battle through 39.2 overs before emerging as the winners. But there were extenuating circumstances. The wicket was not only damp and slow, but also low, and sometimes exceedingly low! The outfield posed even greater problems. Uncut all week due to the recent rain, the grass was even longer than this scribe’s back-lawn and in consequence boundaries were as rare as a lottery win.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat, but it quickly became evident that this was going to be a low-scoring game. Runs came ever so slowly, barely one an over for a long time, as the ball seldom travelled far off the square once it had beaten the infielders. The Dulwich bowlers had little difficulty exerting pressure and with the odd ball ‘popping’ too, wickets fell at regular intervals. At one stage, Franklin Lewin had been reduced to a desperate 38 for 7, but the tail rallied somewhat and they eventually took their score to 72. The home side’s number eight shrugged off a nasty blow to the back of his head after being felled at the non-striker’s end and returned to make 18, which was to prove the highest score of the match. It was not until the 38th over that John Lewis was able to record a four in his immaculate scorebook, and as the ball inched over the boundary line there were cheers from the batting team and the Dulwich fielders alike. Only Patrick George failed to join in, but perhaps not surprisingly as he was the bowler!

Six of the seven bowlers used took wickets, with Dan Edwards (3-8) the most successful. Seb Connor took 2-18 off 12 overs, Patrick George 1-20 off 12 after starting with four maidens, Jonny Stone took a wicket with his first ball, U14 debutant Felix Gilbert captured his first senior wicket, and Matt Balch picked up a couple at the death. The bowlers were well backed up in the field, with Julian Dean taking a fine running catch at mid-on, Chris Stone pocketing two at cover-point, and Matt Balch holding a couple in the old-fashioned leg-slip position. Even the skipper clung on to one for his first catch of the season!

Chasing such a modest total was never going to be easy for the Dulwich batsmen and every run had to be worked for. Felix Gilbert lost patience and skied one into the covers, out for 3, and Chris Stone perished for 12, out to a smart catch at square-leg. Matt Balch temporarily livened things up and hit the only two boundaries of the innings, off successive balls, only to be trapped lbw to a ‘shooter’ from the last delivery of the same over. He made 11. Patrick George was the only other Dulwich player to reach double figures, he also made 11. Harry Chathli, Jonny Stone and Dan Edwards each succumbed for the same score (4) and defeat was looking a real possibility with the scoreboard showing 53 for 7. However, after a little help from Seb Connor (5), the experienced pair of Tony Ebert and Julian Dean, eventually saw Dulwich home. Fittingly perhaps, on a grey afternoon and with rain starting to fall, the winning run came from a no-ball!

Sun 5th June – Development XI v Leatherhead

DULWICH 189-7 dec drew with LEATHERHEAD 171-9

With several youngsters missing due to school exams, the Development Team that lined up at Leatherhead on Sunday bore more of a resemblance to a Dad’s Army parade. Only Harry Chathli (U15) and Cormac Meade (U14) were younger than Corporal Pike!

Dulwich’s Captain Mainwaring won the toss and elected to bat first in a time game that was as rare as the warm and sunny conditions. Leatherhead’s picturesque ground boasts a good batting surface and the Dulwich opening pair of Julian (Private Walker) Dean and Sakib Rashed got off to a confident start. The score had moved along to 36 before Sakib was unluckily run out – your scribe hastens to add that this was not due to Julian’s calling, but the fact that Sakib slipped over in mid-wicket and couldn’t make his ground in time. Zakir Rostami then joined Private Walker, but the latter departed soon afterwards, holing out at cover for 22. Had he given his wicket away deliberately? Or was it just a coincidence that he was seen shortly afterwards attempting to sell silk stockings to the females among the small crowd soaking up the sun on the pavilion boundary?

Anyway, back to the real action. Harry Chathli Junior came in at number four and settled down nicely against some fairly testing bowling from a generally young Leatherhead attack. [Captain Mainwaring had already enquired of the opposing skipper why the home side were able to field so many young players in their team – he never did tell us the answer, but do the younger generation not take exams so seriously in the leafy suburbs?]

But Zaki and young Harry gradually got on top of the bowling, even if their slow-left armer did pose particular problems, and with a fair sprinkling of boundaries they put on over a century stand before Harry was caught at slip for 25 with the score on 157. Harry Junior was then replaced by eleventh hour replacement Harry Senior, but Dad fell victim to a blinding one-handed catch at backward square leg – that’ll teach him for picking out the tallest player on the opposition! Zaki marched on towards his century, but fell six runs short, well held at cover point off the slow left-armer. Cormac Meade hit a solid boundary as the declaration approached and after a clatter of wickets Captain Mainwaring decided to call a halt after 43 overs with the score on 189 for 7. Trevor (Private Godfrey) Griffiths was next in when the declaration came. Rumour has it that Mainwaring thought Godfrey has gone off to spend a penny, but in fact he was padded up and ready to bat and a trifle miffed that he didn’t get in. Surely that was no way to treat the joint leading wicket-taker on the 7th XI’s recent tour to Somerset. Mainwaring will surely have to explain his actions at this week’s selection committee and is likely to be severely censured.

The way the Leatherhead innings started suggested Dulwich’s total was not enough. The two openers took full advantage of anything loose, particularly when Cormac Meade dropped it short, and had 43 on the board inside eight overs. But paceman Jaba Jumagul then ‘timbered’ both of them and the introduction of Graeme Hough ensured that the run rate decreased at one end at least. After a lengthy period of little bowling due to his shoulder injury, Tony (Sergeant Wilson) Ebert joined Graeme in an all-spin attack which quickened up the over rate and kept the home side interested in pursuing their target. Although Sergeant Wilson generally bowled well, he was prone to bowl the odd four-ball which the tall man on the opposition summarily despatched into the hedge around the square-leg boundary. Whenever this happened, Mainwaring at slip was seen to raise his eyebrows to the heavens as if in despair. He really should have more faith in his trusty second in command! But ‘Wilson’ still grabbed a couple of wickets, as did the ever reliable Mr Hough at the far end. The second of the latter’s victims was neatly pocketed by Private Godfrey, just a few balls after he had reluctantly joined the close catchers. The home side continued their chase, but would probably have got much closer if they had put the Dad’s Army fielders under more pressure. In the event, Jaba replaced the tiring Sergeant Wilson and captured two more wickets, but Dulwich could not force a victory and the home side closed on 171-9, the ninth wicket falling off the last ball of the 40th and final over. So the match was drawn. Jaba finished with figures of 4-37, Graeme with 2-43 off 16 overs, and Sergeant Wilson with 2-57.

Harry Chathli received the Young Man of the Match award for his innings of 25 which suggests that he is now returning to the form he showed last season.

Sun 29th May – Development XI v Primrose Hill Elephants

DULWICH 144-9 beat PRIMROSE HILL ELEPHANTS 123 by 21 runs

The Development Team recovered from an unpromising start in each innings of a closely fought game to record an excellent victory.

With schools on half-term holiday, there was a much better availability among the youngsters this week and we were able to field a team with eight players under 18. After winning the toss, Dulwich took first knock, but for the second week running were soon in trouble. Jonny Stone, Dylan Brook and Rordon Daws were all back in the hutch with only seven runs on the board. The opposition’s opening attack gave little away and a few overs later Harry Chathli was dismissed leaving Dulwich in the mire on 28 for 4. Much depended on the experience of Zakir Rostami at this stage, but he found a useful ally in the shape of U15 Kit Evans, coming in at number six, and together the pair rebuilt the innings. Making only his second appearance at senior level, ‘Kit Kat’ batted with an assurance that belied his tender years and was quick to attack any loose deliveries, hitting three fours in an invaluable knock of 28. When the youngster fell with the score on 105, Robbie Matthews came to the wicket and he made a useful 16 helping Zaki continue the recovery. Primrose Hill’s change bowlers generally lacked the accuracy of their predecessors and Zaki took full advantage, cracking four fours and an equal number of sixes in his vital innings of 68, scored off just 76 balls. After Zaki’s dismissal, Dulwich’s lower order batsman struggled to get the returning opening bowlers away and with the skipper feeling hungry he decided to declare with the score on 144-9.

After a leisurely tea, the Primrose Hill batsmen embarked on their run chase. They made a confident start against the Daws brothers, Spencer and Rordon, and punishing anything off line, they reached a total of 25 before the first wicket fell. An excellent throw by Dylan Brooks with a direct hit from the extra-cover boundary brought a second wicket with the score on 42, but the opposition’s numbers three and four batted very sensibly and advanced the score towards the 100 mark. Robbie Matthews then took a wicket with the first ball of his second spell after changing ends and along with the other bowlers began to restrict the run rate with some tidy bowling. Nevertheless Primrose Hill advanced their total to 112 with only three wickets down and victory was well within their grasp. However, Dulwich kept it tight in the field and, apart from one dropped catch which turned out to be nowhere near as vital as it seemed at the time, wickets began to fall. Lacking support from his colleagues, the opposition’s number four bat began to feel the pressure and he eventually lifted his head to a well-flighted delivery from Jonny Stone and was bowled, seventh man out for 42. Dulwich’s bowlers then turned the screw, employing a well-disciplined line and length to dismiss the remaining batsmen, and the Elephants were all out for a total of 123. Primrose Hill’s last seven wickets perished for just 11 runs, leaving the home side winners by a margin of 21 runs. Rordon Daws (3-18) was the most successful Dulwich bowler, but he was well supported by Seb Connor (2-17), Robbie Matthews (2-18) and Jonny Stone (2-21).

Kit Evans received the Young Man of the Match award for his all-round performance, but especially his plucky innings which helped the side set a challenging total. However, the entire team deserves a pat on the back, not only for never giving up, but also their attitude to the game which was highly praised afterwards by the opposition.

Sun 22nd May – Development XI v Sidcup

DULWICH 163-8 beat OLD RUTLISHIANS 107 by 56 runs

Report 1

The Development Team recorded their first win of the season at the fourth attempt with an ultimately comfortable victory over Sidcup in a 40-overs encounter at Burbage Road on Sunday. Electing to bat after winning the toss, Dulwich’s early order failed to come to terms with a difficult wicket and Sidcup’s opening bowlers. One by one the talented tyros perished as Dulwich slumped to 38-5 with nearly 30 overs still to negotiate. It was then that the adult players dug the side out of trouble, especially the sixth wicket pair of Julian Dean and Zakir Rostami who steadied the ship with a mixture of watchful defence and measured aggression. The pair took the score past the 100 mark and on to 119 before Zakir chased a very wide ball and holed out to mid-off for 36. Julian followed two runs later, one short of his half-century, totally bamboozled by Sidcup’s stalwart slow left-armer, Brian Smith. James Chudley (11 not out) and Alex Irvine (18) then continued the recovery with a useful stand for the eighth wicket and Dulwich eventually closed on a competitive 163-8.

In reply, Sidcup too lost early wickets and batting in indifferent light were soon in trouble at 34-4. Although not as accurate as usual, Seb Connor still produced enough good balls to capture three wickets, whilst Henry Shine bowled with lively pace at the other end. Sidcup’s number three Dom Hart batted with great assurance and led a mini-revival, but Zakir Rostami (1-17) and James Chudley (1-22) bowled their eight overs with such economy that the visitors fell increasingly behind the run rate. U15 Mario Lambrette also produced a tight spell (1-8 off 4 overs). When Hart finally succumbed for an impressive 47, neatly caught at square leg by Mario off a loose ball from Harry Chathli, the end was nigh. As the light continued to fade and the numbers on the scoreboard shone brighter than ever, the rarely-used bowling skills of Trevor Griffiths were introduced into the attack. Generously given a second over, ‘young’ Trevor’s mixture of flight and filth induced Sidcup’s last-wicket pair to commit hari-kari, attempting a suicidal run to Zakir at mid-wicket; Zakir’s accurate throw duly applied the coup de grâce.

Seb Connor received the team’s Young Man of the Match award after the game, but special mention should also be made of Theo Chaudoir who kept wicket very tidily in tricky conditions.

Report 2

The Development XI took on Sidcup at home on Sunday winning by 60 runs.

JL won the toss and took first use of the same pitch used as the day before. Harry Chathli and Henry Stone opened confidently with Henry playing a good shot off his legs before being undone by a low bounce and losing his middle stump. This was the start of a bizarre period of play where Seb Connor, Theo Chaudoir, Mario Lambrette and Harry Chathli each succumbed in the same way, all having shaped up nicely to start with. At 30 for 5, old heads Julian Dean and Zaki Rostami came together with over 30 overs of the innings to go. They played the opening bowlers off with a degree of discomfort, before the opposition skipper obligingly switched to a young leg-spinner. Zaki promptly launched the first two balls onto the croquet lawn and Alleyne’s square and the innings was spluttered into second gear. The introduction of spin at both ends lead to further difficulties as the ball refused to come onto the bat. Zaki was more assured against the spinners and waited for the bad ball whilst Julian ran down the track to get the ball ,lumping it to deep mid-wicket to give him catching practice or padding up ten yards down the wicket. Old foe, Brian Smith was his usual frugal self at the other end and bowled beautifully.

The two somehow took the score to their own 'par score for the pitch' of 120 before Zaki smacked a long hop that pitched twice to mid-off and Julian on 49 padded up to a ball that hit off stump (only because he had kicked it off middle). Quality jug avoidance of the highest order. Enter Chuds, the run machine, to be joined by Alex Irvine. Alex played a number of exquisite cover drives and hit a sweetly time six over square leg before perishing for a very good 18. He played with commendable fluency where nearly every other batsman struggled. Meanwhile at the other end …….zzzzzzzzzzzz Chuds, in the form of his life had settled into red ink mode. Trevor Griffiths was also keen to protect his somewhat more moderate average. We then had the bizarre spectacle of Trevor and Chuds playing out the last 4 overs by leaving everything. Chuds finished with a high quality 9 not out (from 12 overs) whilst Trevor will be pleased with his equally high quality 2 not out. The opposition and team mates were somewhat bemused but 163 seemed a challenging total on a pitch giving some assistance to the bowlers.

Seb Connor and Henry opened the bowling after tea, Seb was uncharacteristically a little wayward in his first over but struck in his second, the emphasis for the innings switching from middle stump to knocking leg stump out of the ground. Henry followed suit and bowled very quickly and accurately in a hostile opening spell. Seb followed up with a couple more wickets and bowled beautifully for the rest of his opening spell despite a spate of unfathomable no balls. James “Tavare / Mr Averages” Chudley took over from Seb and Zaki from Henry to carry on the early good work. Scoring which was always at a premium throughout the match now slowed to a trickle as both settled into a good line and length with wickets falling regularly.

The opposition number three batted beautifully and was resolute in defence and kept the scoring ticking over but it was becoming obvious that there wasn’t a lot of support at the other end for the run chase although the young lady who batted at number 8 played resolutely to help put on 30 or so runs. Mario bowled quickly to pick up a deserved wicket and Henry perfectly yorked the number 9, who was somewhere near square leg at the time (and was then told by JL to pitch it up a bit more in the dark!). The number three fell cruelly short of a richly deserved 50 when he clipped Harry Chathli to Mario who took a good running catch and Seb thought he had wrapped up proceedings when he picked out the number 11s leg stump only for him to be called for over-stepping again.

This allowed Trevor G to give it a twirl and the darkness and for us to have a second weekend opportunity to discuss rule 42.6 again and for the leg side umpire to miss the final run out as he was busily trying to Google the Laws. Fortunately, the batsman had given up the ghost and accepted his fate so no harm done.

This was a much better performance than last week and a deserved win. Man of the Match was Seb for his excellent first spell and special praise should go to Theo for his wicket-keeping which was top notch on a difficult wicket for keepers.

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