DULWICH 115 (44.3) beat EGHAM 80 (30.1) by 35 runs
As the new Surrey Championship season began with a new sponsor in Travelbag, so a new look Dulwich side with four players making their championship debut took the field against newly promoted Egham. A low scoring match ended in victory for the home side by 35 runs.
No warm-up matches had been possible on Dulwich’s home ground due to the wet weather, and fears that the pitch might prove difficult to bat on proved well founded. Dulwich chose to bat on winning the toss, but three early wickets for Marlon Cornelius put them on the back foot. Amod Pandit followed this up by bowling a seven over spell taking two wickets and conceding only three singles. Dulwich subsided to 74 for 9 after 33.4 overs, with only Ed Stolle (11), newcomer Will Bancroft (16) and Naeem Iqbal (12) making double figures. The last wicket pair of Leon Sealy, also making his debut, and skipper Alex Gledhill then pushed the ball around sensibly, adding 41 together in 10.5 overs to lift the score to 115. Sealy was top scorer with 19, while Gledhill remained unbeaten on 17. This stand was to prove vital in the context of the match. The innings was bolstered by 24 extras.
Dulwich needed an early breakthrough, and got it in the second over when Sealy capped an impressive debut by taking a wicket with his first ball. He and Jon Lodwick proved expensive, however, conceding 34 runs off the first five overs. Gledhill kept faith with Lodwick, who repaid his skipper with wickets in his fourth and sixth overs. He bowled his ten overs unchanged, conceding only seven runs off the last seven to finish with 2-24. Another newcomer, Richard King, had entered the attack, and he also bowled his ten overs straight through. He picked up the next four wickets in 24 balls between his fourth and eighth overs, and finished with 4-25. Iqbal replaced Lodwick and took the eighth wicket with his third ball. Egham had declined from 52-2 to 62-8 in just 9.4 overs. The ninth wicket pair added 16, but there was to be no repeat of the first innings heroics as spinners Gledhill and Salaar Waqar took a wicket apiece to dismiss Egham for 80. Only 50 runs had come from the bat, 21 of them by keeper Matt Main and only one other player reaching double figures. The other 30 runs were extras, including 23 scored as wides.
Dulwich thus started their season with 20 points for a win, and will be looking to build on this next week when they travel to Camberley, who have returned to the second division after relegation from Division 1.