DULWICH 146 (43.2) beat EGHAM 134 (54.4) by 12 runs
A depleted Dulwich side travelled to Egham for their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match, and emerged victorious in a low scoring match by just 12 runs.
Dulwich had to make six changes from the previous week, giving first team debuts to two players from the second team, and recalling Ed Matten for his first match for the first team for four years, and his first for any team this season. Put in to bat, the two other Eds, Stolle and Towner, took the score to 26 in the ninth over when Stolle fell for 11. The next three wickets fell to Marlon Cornelius, who normally opens the bowling but was not used until the 13th over after arriving late. He removed Towner for 21, Henry Hazlewood for 18 and Matten for 4, to reduce Dulwich to 68-4 in the 21st over.
Salaar Waqar was now joined by debutant Guy Skinner, and they added 31 together before Cornelius removed Skinner for 18. He followed up in his next over by claiming the other debutant Ajmal Patankar for a single to give him his fifth wicket. Dulwich had declined to 108-6 after 30.2 overs, but Waqar remained for another 13 overs before becoming the ninth wicket to fall. His resolute 42, scored off 79 balls, turned out to be comfortably the highest score of the match. He was given good support by Jon Lodwick, with an obdurate 3 off 21 balls, Levi Olver, with a breezy 12 off 18, and Kamran Munawar, who was last out for 2. Keeper Andrew Gilmour claimed four catches, mostly from leg-side tickles, plus a stumping as Dulwich were dismissed for 146 in the 44th over.
There were 56 overs left for Egham to get the runs or Dulwich to take ten wickets. This proved to be only just enough as the last wicket did not fall until the penultimate over. Lodwick and Munawar bowled a testing opening spell, and Lodwick was rewarded with three wickets in his first five overs to reduce Egham to 15-3. Gilmour and 19 year old Will Brown dug in, but Lodwick struck again to dismiss Brown, and Gilmour fell to skipper Alex Gledhill for 20 to make it 43-5. Adam Dix and Chris Douglas were unable to force the pace against slow left armers Gledhill and Olver, but with plenty of time available were happy to score at around two an over. The pair had added 46 in 20.2 overs when Lodwick returned to remove Dix for 22 and claim his fifth wicket. Only five runs had come from the next five overs when Waqar chipped in with the seventh wicket.
With 53 still needed off the last 12 overs Cornelius was promoted to look for quick runs, which he did successfully if not always intentionally by hitting 19 off 16 balls. He fell to Gledhill with the score on 119, to be followed by Douglas in the skipper’s next over with no addition to the score, his top score of 29 having taken a mammoth 107 balls. The last pair came together with 28 needed off 5.3 overs. With Egham desperate for victory they continued to go for the runs, and had advanced to 134 when a Patankar stumping off Gledhill ended the match, to give Dulwich victory by 12 runs with just eight balls to spare. The skipper finished with 4-25 off 11.4 overs, while Lodwick recorded his best figures for the club with 5-48 off 17.
With most of the sides around them also winning, Dulwich remain in sixth place. Next week they visit third placed Farnham as the competition reverts to 50 overs per side.