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Sat 20th Jun – 1st XI v Ashford

ASHFORD 228-9 (55) drew with DULWICH 134-5 (30)


After a frenetic last few overs Dulwich obtained a winning draw in a rain-affected Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Ashford.

Dulwich won the toss for the seventh time in seven matches, and with rain forecast put their opponents into bat. Naeem Iqbal, relishing playing against his old club, steamed in and took the first wicket in his second over. Wendell Sebastian then launched an onslaught, taking 22 runs off Jon Lodwick’s fourth over which was bowled at reduced pace and with some discomfort following a fielding injury. This included a mighty six onto the railway line, which caused the ball to be replaced after just eight overs. With only a much older ball available, and the spinners unable to grip it properly in light drizzle, the batsmen continued to make merry against the quicker bowlers. Iqbal removed Sebastian for 38 (scored off just 21 balls) to finish his spell with 2-37 off nine overs, but Paul Frost, having been dropped before scoring, led his side to 142-2 after 26 overs. Once the ball had dried spinners Frankie Brown and Salaar Waqar were able to exert some control, conceding just 35 off their first 15 overs in tandem while Brown picked up three wickets. He continued to work his way through the rest of the Ashford order, finishing with 6-42 off 17 overs, his second haul of five or more wickets this season. Stuart Ferguson also picked up a wicket as Ashford batted out their full 55 overs to close on 228-9.

Dulwich were left with just 45 overs to get the runs, and got off to a bad start as skipper Michael Currey fell in the third over. Nick Hudson went for 9, but Brown joined Ed Stolle to take the score to 74-2 after 22 overs. A heavy shower then drove the players from the field, resulting in the loss of three overs. Only nine balls were possible after the resumption before a much heavier downpour brought a longer interruption, but this short period of play was enough to claim the wicket of Stolle for 29. Play finally resumed with another 12 overs deducted, reducing the innings to 30 overs. This left just 6.3 overs to score 44 runs and reach the new winning draw target of 125. Brown fell in the next over for 38, but Ferguson and keeper Ed Hopkins were up to the challenge, adding 40 for the fifth wicket and reaching the target with an over to spare. Ferguson’s dismissal in the 30th over, having made 28 off only 21 balls, brought in Iqbal to face the last ball, which he gleefully smote back over the opposition skipper’s head for six. The Dulwich innings ended on 134-5, with Hopkins unbeaten on 12 off 11 balls.

Both sides take five points from this encounter. With none of the other sides below them able to force a win Dulwich remain in seventh place. Next week they have another home match, this time against Purley who are sixth.

Sat 6th June – 1st XI v Old Rutlishians

OLD RUTLISHIANS 196-8 (55) beat DULWICH 145 (43.4) by 51 runs 


A late order collapse saw Dulwich go down to a 51 run defeat in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Old Rutlishians.

Dulwich chose to field, but hopes of early successes were thwarted by Dan Wood, fresh from making centuries in his previous two matches, who scored freely against the opening bowlers. He was given good support by Salman Mohammed, and together they posted 46 in the first ten overs. The advent of Frankie Brown and Ian Toppin put a brake on the scoring rate, and Brown made the crucial breakthrough by dismissing Wood for 46 in the 17th over with the score on 73. Brown was joined in the attack by fellow left arm spinner Alex Gledhill in the 24th over, and together they imposed a stranglehold, conceding just 20 runs in their first 14 overs in tandem while picking up a wicket apiece. Keeper Chris Mude, with an unbeaten 42, kept the score moving, but wickets fell regularly at the other end as the two spinners maintained the pressure. Both bowled unchanged to the end of the innings, with Gledhill taking 3-53 off 16 overs, and Brown picking up two wickets in the last over to complete his mammoth spell with 5-68 off 23. Old Rutlishians batted for the full 55 overs, closing on 196-8.

The Dulwich reply got off to a bad start when Tom Savill fell in the second over. This was to prove the only wicket to fall to a pace bowler in the match. Skipper Michael Currey and Stuart Ferguson also found scoring easy against the quicker bowlers, taking the score to 51 after 10 overs. Once again it became a different game when the spinners came on. Alex Barnicott took time to settle, with ten runs coming from his first over, but he conceded only three off his next six. Richard Woolland was miserly from the start, and these two bowled unchanged for the rest of the innings. Only seven runs had come in the last 6.5 overs when Ferguson fell to Woolland for 20 with the score on 68. Currey added 22 in 8.1 overs for the third wicket with Brown, and 16 in 5.2 overs for the fourth with Ed Stolle. Euan Johnson went for his shots, and he and Currey added 27 in 4.4 overs before the latter became Woolland’s fourth victim with the score on 133, having made a defiant 70 off 104  balls. Johnson’s dismissal in the next over, to give Barnicott his only wicket, left the last four wickets requiring 62. Naeem Iqbal and first team newcomer Jon Lodwick continued to hit out but paid the penalty, both falling to Woolland in the 40th over with the score on 142. John Morris, held back while the strokemakers went in above him, was left trying to hold out for the draw but lost Gledhill in Woolland’s next over without adding to the score. Toppin joined Morris, but Woolland had the last word, dismissing Morris in his next over. He had taken four wickets in his last three overs to finish with the extraordinary figures of 8-46 off 16.4 overs. The last six wickets had gone down for just 12 runs.

Bowled out for 145, Dulwich had failed to gain a batting point for the third time in five matches, coming away with just their two bowling points. Fortunately the teams below them also lost, so they slip just one place to seventh. They will be hoping for a better performance next week, away to Worcester Park.

Sat 30th May – 1st XI v Cheam

DULWICH 190-9 (50) beat CHEAM 83 (23.5) by 107 runs


Dulwich gained a comprehensive victory by 107 runs in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Cheam.

Dulwich elected to bat, and got off to a rapid start as Tom Savill took ten runs off the second over. However his dismissal, caught at long leg in the next over, was quickly followed by the run out of John Morris. Skipper Michael Currey and Stuart Ferguson now had to consolidate against demanding bowling, scoring just two runs off their first six overs together, with Ferguson taking 26 balls to get off the mark. The pair were gradually able to accelerate and had taken their partnership to 56 off 22.5 overs when Ferguson was also run out for 17, with the score on 74. Frankie Brown joined Currey in a fourth wicket partnership which doubled the score, putting on 74 in just 13.5 overs. Brown’s dismissal for 30 off 48 balls was followed by a flurry of wickets in the last eight overs as the later batsmen got out seeking quick runs. Currey was the seventh wicket to fall, having held the innings together with a fine 76. Having taken 101 balls to reach his first 50 of the season, he had scored the next 26 off just 23 balls. The innings closed on 190-9 after the allotted 50 overs. Extras also made a significant contribution, including three lots of five wides.

The Cheam openers found Naeem Iqbal a real handful, his first four overs all being maidens as he produced his best spell of the season. Ian Toppin at the other end struggled at first with his run up, 16 runs coming from his first over. He then tightened up to bowl some testing deliveries and claimed the first wicket off the last ball of his third over. Iqbal followed up with three wickets in his next four overs to reduce Cheam to 53-4 in the 13th. Iqbal finished his spell with 3-14 off seven overs, while Toppin recovered well after his first over to return the respectable figures of 1-20 off his next five. Ferguson and Brown now took over the bowling and worked their way through the rest of the Cheam batting, with Brown taking 2-11 off four overs and Ferguson finishing with the excellent figures of 4-14 off 5.5. Cheam were dismissed in less than 24 overs for a paltry 83.

This win gives Dulwich 20 points, and lifts them to joint 6th in the table, after winning two and losing two of their four 50 over matches. Next week the format reverts to the time games as Dulwich entertain Old Rutlishians, who are currently in third place.

Sat 23rd May – 1st XI v Walton-on-Thames

DULWICH 134 (47.5) lost to WALTON-ON-THAMES 135-4 (26.1) by 6 wickets


Dulwich were unable to build on their previous week’s victory when they slipped to a six-wicket defeat at Walton-on-Thames in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 fixture last Saturday.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first in this 50-overs encounter, Dulwich got off to a flyer. They were 30-0 after just six overs, thanks mainly to a flurry of boundaries from Tom Savill. But then they began to lose wickets at regular intervals, including Savill for 24, and slumped to 76-7. Stuart Ferguson steadied the innings with a watchful 36 from 101 balls, but only Mark Rose (11) and Alex Gledhill (14) of the middle and lower order managed double figures and Dulwich were eventually dismissed for 134 in the 48th over. Most of the Walton bowlers exercised great control, particularly slow left-armer Mark Bainbridge who took 3-19 off 9.5 overs.

In reply, Walton got off to a bad start when one of their openers was run out in the first over, but thereafter they made good progress towards their target, thanks mainly to third-wicket pair Matt Haddow (32) and overseas player Addy Allayne who struck a classy 58. Spinner Salaar Waqar was the most successful of the Dulwich bowlers with 2-29.

Dulwich are on the road again this Saturday (30 May) when they visit Cheam.

Sat 16th May – 1st XI v Esher

DULWICH 185-9 (50) beat ESHER 175 (49.1) by 10 runs


Dulwich gained their first victory of the season in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship, winning a tense game at home to Esher by 10 runs off the first ball of the last over.

Dulwich elected to bat, but got off to a bad start as skipper Michael Currey fell lbw to the last ball of the opening over. Fellow opener John Morris then held the innings together with a solid 54 off 114 balls. He lost Stuart Ferguson for 7 with the score on 31 in the 11th over, and Ed Hopkins for 10 at 50 in the 18th. Salaar Waqar then joined Morris in a stand of 67 for the 4th wicket in 15.3 overs. Waqar fell for 31, off 49 balls, with the score on 117, and was followed by Morris to make it 133-5 after 37.2 overs. Spirited hitting by the lower order, led by Ben Rosser, with 15 off 21 balls, and Zakir Rostami, 16 off 20, lifted the score to 185-9 after 50 overs. The total was boosted by 33 extras, including 26 scored as wides. Spinner Richard Parsons picked up the last five wickets and finished with 5-29 off his ten overs. For the second week running the eighth and ninth wickets fell in the last over to give the fielding side their third bowling point.

The Esher innings started cautiously in the face of aggressive bowling by Naeem Iqbal and debutant Ian Toppin, with Iqbal picking up the first wicket with the score on 12 in the seventh over. Will Edwards increased the scoring rate, dominating a second wicket stand of 31 in 5.5 overs with Charan Gill. The latter’s dismissal for just 7 in Jordan Chapman’s first over brought in Pakistani OP Shoaib Khan, and together they took the score to 81 in the 22nd over when Edwards fell to Waqar for 38, off 51 balls. Khan then took on the dominant role, adding 38 in ten overs with Al Shelley, who contributed just 8 before giving Waqar his second wicket. Khan lost momentum after reaching his half century and fell to Ferguson for 60, made off 75 balls. This made it 133-5 off 37.2 overs, an identical score to the Dulwich innings. The rest of Esher’s innings did not follow the same pattern, however, as Iqbal returned to take two wickets off successive balls and Ferguson also picked up two more to reduce them to 145-9 off 39.2 overs. Five wickets had gone down for 12 runs off just 13 balls. Hopes of a quick end to the innings were thwarted by the last wicket pair of Parsons and Nawaz, who pushed the ball around sensibly against tight bowling by Ferguson and Chapman to lift the score to 175 after 49 overs. With 11 wanted off the last over it was a relief when Nawaz skied the first ball to Mark Rose, who was also making his first team debut, to give Dulwich a ten run victory. Ferguson finished with the excellent figures of 4-19 off 7.1 overs, while Iqbal and Waqar bowled their ten overs for 3-21 and 2-33 respectively. Dulwich conceded only 16 extras, 17 less than their opponents, a crucial difference in such a tight match.

Under the new points system Dulwich gained 20 points from this victory, which lifts them to fifth in the table. Next week they face a difficult journey to Walton on Thames, who are joint leaders having won both their matches.