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.