CHESSINGTON 243-9 (50) beat DULWICH 127 (28.5) by 116 runs
Dulwich got off to a disappointing start to the new season in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship, losing at home to Chessington by 116 runs.
Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, and got an early reward as Naeem Iqbal struck in the second over. The Chessington innings was then dominated by their new overseas player, Australian James McNeil, who advanced to 124, off only 130 balls. Seven bowlers were used in an attempt to break his second wicket stand of 147 with skipper Dan Yarnley, and it was the last of these, Salaar Waqar, who finally made the breakthrough, removing Yarnley for exactly 50. Keeper Matt Alldis then helped McNeil add 47 for the third wicket off only 35 balls, before also falling to Waqar for 12 with the score on 208. This was the first of five wickets in successive overs for Waqar, who took the vital wicket of McNeil in his next over and finished with 6-33 off nine overs. Two run outs in the last over gave Dulwich an unexpected third bowling point as the Chessington innings closed on 243-9 after their 50 overs, the last seven wickets having gone down in 9.2 overs for just 35 runs.
The Dulwich innings started positively as Ed Stolle and the new captain, Australian OP Michael Currey, raced to 34 in the fourth over. Stolle’s dismissal off the last ball for 20, made off just 16 balls, was followed by two more wickets on the same score, with Currey going for 13 (off 11 balls) and Stuart Ferguson falling first ball to a superb catch by Yarnley at second slip. Wickets then fell at regular intervals, with Ed Hopkins, Frankie Brown, Waqar and Zakir Rostami all getting into double figures but failing to advance beyond 18. Alex Gledhill provided a late flourish, scoring 19 not out off 21 balls, as Dulwich were dismissed for 127 in the 29th over.
Under the new points system Chessington claimed 20 points, while Dulwich managed just the three bowling points. They will be looking for a much better performance next week, at home to Esher.