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Sat 3rd Sep – 1st XI v Purley

PURLEY 91 (21.4) lost to DULWICH 92-2 (10.5) by 8 wickets


Dulwich needed less than 33 overs to demolish bottom side Purley in their final Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match of the season, to finish in fifth place.

Dulwich won the toss, and acting captain Ed Stolle inserted the opposition in the hope of bowling them out cheaply and completing the match before the forecast rain arrived. The decision was well justified, as the match proceeded through the occasional spot of light drizzle, but ended well before the heavy rain that disrupted several other fixtures.

The innings got off to a frenetic start when 15 runs came off Jon Lodwick’s first over. Acting skipper Harry Hanford took a single off the first ball, and Trinidadian OP Jason Batson scored 14 off the rest of the over. Leon Sealy’s first over started the same way, with a single to Hanford and a four to Batson, taking him to 18 off just six balls. Batson then survived a confident appeal for a catch behind off the fourth ball, and was adjudged lbw off the sixth. Purley were thus 20-1 after two overs. The next few batsmen tried to bat in similar fashion, and paid the penalty. Lodwick picked up a wicket in each of his next three overs and Sealy took a second to make it 52-5 in the tenth over. The two openers were rested after bowling five overs apiece, Lodwick taking 3-29 and Sealy 2-24.

Two first team debutants, Chris Hope and Patrick George (who had earlier taken a stunning catch at square leg off Lodwick) now joined the attack. Hanford had watched the collapse from the other end, and now led a small recovery, adding 26 for the sixth wicket with Dave Monckton. Hope removed them both in his fourth over with the score on 78, and followed up with another wicket in his fifth to finish with 3-18 off five. Stuart Ferguson replaced him and picked up the ninth wicket, and George got the tenth to finish with 1-15 off 5.4 overs. Purley had been dismissed in just 21.4 overs for 91, eight runs less than they had managed in the first encounter between the sides.

Stolle then promoted Euan Johnson, in his first game for the first team this season, to open the innings, but he could last only four balls before edging a catch behind. Fellow opener Tom Savill suffered a rare failure, caught in the gully for 4 in the fourth over, to make it 15-2. But that was the last wicket to fall as Henry Hazlewood and Salaar Waqar smashed 77 in just 7.3 overs to see Dulwich to an eight wicket victory. Hazlewood finished on 57 off just 37 balls, his second half century in successive innings, while Waqar needed just 17 balls for his 28. Dulwich had reached their target in just 10.5 overs, and the whole match had lasted less than 2½ hours.

Dulwich thus end the season in fifth place having won ten of their 17 completed matches, the same number as second placed Farnham. Just one more victory would have seen them promoted instead.



Sat 27th Aug – 1st XI v Esher

DULWICH 188 (46.5) lost to ESHER 190-3 (37.4) by 7 wkts


Dulwich’s hopes of promotion evaporated as they threw away an encouraging start to slide to a seven wicket defeat in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match against Esher.

With the teams level on points and needing to win to stay in the promotion race, this was a crucial contest for them both. Esher surprisingly opted to field on winning the toss, despite a delay to their opening bowler Henry Foster (son of former Essex and England seamer Neil), which meant he might be over an hour late and would not be allowed to bowl until he had been on the field for as long as he had been off it. In the event he arrived 57 minutes late, so could not bowl until the innings had been in progress for 114 minutes.

The Dulwich innings was opened by Ed Stolle and Tom Savill, who posted their seventh half-century partnership in nine starts. This week it was Savill’s turn to take the lead, and he had already reached 46 when Stolle was bowled by John Mason for 18, with the score on 69 after 13 overs. Stuart Ferguson then joined Savill and played a similar supporting role as they took the score to a seemingly commanding 133-1 after 30 overs.

At this point the umpires confirmed that Foster was cleared to bowl, and he responded by removing Ferguson for 19 with his second ball, and Will Bancroft first ball with his third. Left arm spinner Nick Winder then followed up with two wickets in his next two overs, removing Naeem Iqbal and Ed Towner. Dulwich had gone from 133-1 to 136-5 in the space of 18 balls, with their numbers four, five and six scoring one run between them. Savill and Salaar Waqar added 25 in six overs before Savill was caught behind off Mason for 94 off 114 balls. This was his fifth half century of the season in nine innings, and equaled his highest score. It takes his aggregate to 476 runs at an average of 59.50.

Waqar fell in the next over for 14 with the score on 167. Leon Sealy (14), Levi Olver (6) and Kamran Munawar (2) provided some late resistance before Foster removed all three in ten balls to dismiss Dulwich for 188. Foster finished with 6-19 off 8.5 overs, while Winder bowled his ten overs straight through for 2-30, and keeper Alex Martin picked up four catches. Dulwich had lost their last nine wickets for 55 runs in 16.4 overs.

Dulwich needed early wickets and Iqbal, returning from injury, obliged by removing the opposition skipper in his second over. But neither he, Munawar nor Sealy were able to make any further inroads. Martin joined Mark Hopkinson and the pair had lifted the score to 83 after 15 overs when skipper Alex Gledhill had Hopkinson well caught by Savill at slip for 43. Gledhill was soon joined in the attack by fellow spinners Olver and Waqar. All three bowled first spells of six overs for 27 runs, but no more wickets fell until Martin and overseas player Shoaib Khan had lifted the score to 170 in the 36th over. Olver returned for a second spell and had Martin caught by Gledhill for 95, also scored off 114 balls, but that was the last wicket to fall as Khan and Mason saw their side to a seven wicket victory with 12.1 overs to spare.

Victory in this match would have lifted Dulwich to second in the table, but defeat means that Esher have that reward while Dulwich slip two places to sixth. Their final match next week is against bottom club Purley, who are already relegated. Dulwich will be hoping for a victory to lift them to a top five finish.

Sat 20th Aug – 1st XI v Epsom

EPSOM 211-4 (50) lost to DULWICH 212-6 (42.1) by 4 wkts


Dulwich returned home for the first time in four weeks, but continued their winning ways by securing their fourth win in succession in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match against Epsom.

Epsom chose to bat in exceptionally strong winds, and were indebted to an unbeaten century by South African overseas player Godfrey Stevens, who batted throughout the innings for 111, off 147 balls. Jon Lodwick bowled a probing opening spell with the wind, conceding only 17 runs off eight overs, but Kamran Munawar struggled to bowl into the wind. Leon Sealy also took time to adapt to the conditions, but it was he who took the first wicket with the score on 56 in the 16th over, and he then tightened up to complete a seven over spell with 1-26.

Spinners Alex Gledhill and Salaar Waqar both started with a wild first over while they worked out how to bowl in the conditions, but then imposed their usual control. Skipper Gledhill bowled an eight over spell for 1-24 (12 of which had come from his first over), while Waqar bowled his ten overs straight through for 1-36. Richard King also bowled tidily, conceding 27 runs off nine overs, and the score had advanced to just 142-3 after 43 overs. Stevens and skipper Phil Edwards then launched an assault on Sealy and Gledhill that saw them concede 34 and 26 respectively off their last two overs. Gledhill was rewarded with a second wicket, having Edwards caught on the boundary off the penultimate ball for 39, but 69 runs had come from the last seven overs to take Epsom to 211-4 after their 50 overs.

Tom Savill returned to the side after three weeks out with injury, and resumed his successful opening partnership with Ed Stolle. They needed just 7.5 overs to post their sixth opening stand of 50 or more in eight attempts. Stolle made most of the early running but was the first to go, bowled by Stevens for 30, off 30 balls, to make it 53-1 after nine overs. King now joined Savill, and they continued in similar vein, adding 41 in 6.5 overs for the second wicket before two wickets fell in five balls. King, having made 20 off 19 balls, was brilliantly caught by that man Stevens, who followed it up by bowling Ed Towner in the next over. Savill reached his fourth 50 in eight innings before becoming the fourth wicket to fall with the score on 121, having made 54 off 58 balls.

The innings now hung in the balance, but Will Bancroft once again dug in effectively in a supporting role, this time in company with keeper Ed Hopkins who continued to push the score along. The pair had reached 177 when Bancroft was lbw to the last ball of the 33rd over for 17, off 41 balls. With 35 wanted off 17 overs Hopkins and Waqar had time to consolidate, and had added 10 in 5.2 overs when Waqar was caught behind for 6. Sealy now joined Hopkins, and the pair saw Dulwich home with 7.5 overs to spare. Hopkins finished unbeaten on 67, his best knock of the season, off 74 balls.

Dulwich thus completed their second victory of the season over Epsom and rise one place to fourth, two points behind their opponents who slip from second to third. Dulwich can still secure promotion if they win their last two matches and other results go their way. They start with a difficult home match against Esher, who are level with them on points and who will therefore have similar aspirations for a successful end to the season.

Sat 13th Aug – 1st XI v Chessington

DULWICH 196-8 (50) beat CHESSINGTON 145 (47.3) by 51 runs


Dulwich were on the road for the third successive week, and duly completed their third successive victory, winning their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Chessington by 51 runs.

Dulwich chose to bat, but lost Ed Stolle to the second legitimate ball of the innings, after three wides in the previous four. Ed Towner and Henry Hazlewood then raced to 24 before Towner was run out off the first ball of the fourth over. Hazlewood continued to score freely, but lost Richard King, caught at slip for 6, and Ed Hopkins, who was also run out for 5, to make it 56-4 after just 11.3 overs.

Will Bancroft joined Hazlewood, and together they batted more circumspectly in adding 42 in 14 overs for the fifth wicket. Bancroft was just starting to accelerate when he was dismissed for 16. Salaar Waqar joined Hazlewood in a stand of 35 in 10.3 overs for the sixth wicket before the latter fell for 63, his highest score for the first team, scored off 116 balls. Jon Lodwick departed without troubling the scorers, and Waqar fell 14 runs later for 23.

Leon Sealy and Kamran Munawar thus came together at 149-8 after 43.2 overs. They took another 3.4 overs to reach 156, but then launched a blistering attack that saw 40 runs come off the last three overs, including 21 off the penultimate over, with both batsmen hitting a huge six. The innings closed on 196-8, with Sealy unbeaten on 28 and Munawar on 19. The most successful bowler was the overseas player, spinner Harli Givvens, with 4-21 off his ten overs.

Givvens then opened the batting with the 16 year old Prince Singh, and they were untroubled by the quicker bowlers until Givvens fell to Munawar for 20 with the score on 35 in the tenth over. Singh was joined by Roman Qazi, and they continued to score at close to the required rate, reaching 72 after 19 overs. By this time the Dulwich spinners Waqar and skipper Alex Gledhill were in action, and they imposed such a stranglehold that only 16 runs came off the next ten overs.

With 109 now needed off 21 overs King was brought on to bowl left arm spin, and while he could not match the accuracy of the other spinners, he reaped the reward of their tight bowling as the batsmen tried to speed up the scoring. He had Qazi stumped off his third ball to end his excruciating innings of 19 off 69 balls, which had included 29 dot balls between his 18th and 19th runs. Waqar disposed of Prince three overs later for an obdurate 35 off 94, and King followed up with the crucial wicket of skipper Dan Yarnley, caught on the boundary for 14. Waqar finished his ten over spell with the excellent figures of 1-18, whereupon Stolle came on and took a wicket with his first legal ball. Three more wickets for King in his next two overs reduced Chessington to 129-8 in the 42nd over.

Gledhill returned to take the ninth wicket and finish with 1-13 off a typically miserly nine overs in which the only runs scored off him were singles. The last wicket pair tried to add the ten runs required for a batting point, but could manage only five before King rounded off the innings to finish with 6-29 off 9.3 overs. Chessington were dismissed for 145, their last nine wickets going down in 18 overs for just 57 runs.

With the two sides above them also winning, Dulwich remain in fifth place. However they are only 18 points behind second placed Epsom, who visit Dulwich next week in a match that will be crucial for the promotion prospects of both sides.

Sat 6th Aug – 1st XI v Farnham

DULWICH 222 (50) beat FARNHAM 175 (45.3) by 47 runs


Dulwich travelled to Farnham on one of the hottest days of the summer for their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match, and a fine innings of 79 by Richard King set them up for victory by 47 runs.

Dulwich opted to bat first, and the two Eds got off to another good start, adding 45 together in 12.4 overs, Stolle making most of the running while Towner added solid support. Towner was first to go, having made 11 off 35 balls, and Stolle followed in the next over for 32 off 42. King now took over Stolle’s mantle with a fine attacking innings. He was given good support by Henry Hazlewood, who faced 32 balls in making 15 out of 39 for the third wicket, and Will Bancroft, whose 20 came off 52 balls but helped King add 64 for the fourth. Bancroft’s dismissal was quickly followed by Nick Hudson for 1 and Salaar Waqar first ball to reduce Dulwich to 156-6 after 36.2 overs.

Jon Lodwick now joined King and the pair added 32 for the seventh wicket before both fell in the 43rd over. Lodwick was leg before for 19, off 27 balls, and King was caught behind two balls later for an excellent 79, his best innings for Dulwich, made off only 64 balls. Levi Olver went for 5 to make it 202-9, but a spirited last wicket stand by Kamran Munawar and Alex Gledhill lifted the score to 222. Munawar was last out, caught on the boundary for 18 (off 20 balls) from the final ball of the innings, leaving his captain undefeated with 11 off 12.

The Farnham reply got off to a frenetic start as they took advantage of the fielding restrictions to race to 27 off the first five overs. However they lost three wickets in the process, Lodwick taking two and Munawar the other. George Hellyer counter-attacked in company with Ciaran Rooney, and the fourth wicket pair had added 34 in eight overs when Lodwick dismissed Rooney to make it 57-4 in the 13th over.

Hellyer was now joined by his skipper Tom Grimes, who played the supporting role in a stand of 56 in 17 overs for the fifth wicket. King and Gledhill both bowled tidily without success, and it took a stunning one-handed slip catch by Waqar off Olver to dismiss Hellyer for 58 off 70 balls. Waqar bowled Grimes for 20 in the next over, and Olver, who had taken a bit of stick early on, now got his revenge with two wickets in the following over. Farnham had gone from 113-4 to 121-8 in the space of 15 balls.

A late cameo by Chris Terry, with 34 off 48 balls, enabled the last two wickets to add 54 runs and give Farnham an unlikely two batting points. Lodwick and Munawar were recalled, and the latter ended the innings to dismiss them for 175 and give Dulwich victory by 47 runs. The wickets were shared between Lodwick (3-43 off nine overs), Olver (3-44 off ten) and Munawar and Waqar, who each took 2-26. The bowlers were supported by an outstanding fielding display which cut off a number of potential boundaries and maintained the pressure throughout the innings.

Dulwich thus recorded their second victory of the season over Farnham, and rise one place in the table to fifth. Next week they visit Chessington, who are two points behind them in seventh place. Dulwich will be looking to avenge their one wicket defeat in the first match between the sides.

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