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Sat 16th June – 2nd XI v East Moseley

DULWICH 132-7 winning draw v EAST MOSELEY 144-4

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Gaz Cornick’s bunch of 20 and 30 something aimless, suburban drifters continued their 2013 campaign with a trip to scenic East Moseley at the weekend. With the idyllic Hampton Court Palace nearby, those history lovers amongst the city dwellers approached the contest asking who would produce a performance worthy a prime position in the court of King Henry VIII and who would flounder and warrant a divorce, or worse still, a beheading…

King Cornick I won the toss and opted to bowl on a firm looking but grassy pitch. The surroundings at East Moseley were delightful – Gledders hasn’t been as content turning up to the cricket pitch in such a long time. Luckily, the Dulwich boys had the banter to match the surroundings – a series of quick, yet intellectually rigorous exchanges brought much joy to your author throughout the afternoon. Unfortunately, the banter was the focal point of the afternoon as heavy showers punctuated spurts of play at different points. The East Moseley batsmen were never on the pitch for long periods of time, though Naeem Iqbal managed to strike one early blow by removing one of the openers for a duck. After one relatively lengthy interruption, that shaved a number of overs off the game, Dulwich returned to the pitch to produce a good spell of accurate seam bowling backed up by some tidy and intense fielding. The much loved Arshad ‘Bobby’ Iftikhar picked up a well deserved wicket to leave East Moseley reeling at 25-2. East Moseley rallied to add runs for the third wicket, but not in a way which was hurting Dulwich. After 20 overs, the heavens opened again and we faced the prospect of a no result. After a good hour of substantial rain and some excellent mopping up efforts by the Burbage men, we were back on with East Moseley having to bat to 30 overs so that Dulwich could face the minimum of 20 for there to be a full game (nb: farcical southern ‘time cricket’ rules). The Moseley men took used their remaining nine overs to raise their total to 144. Gledders bagged himself a wicket, but his last over was taken to the cleaners with three impressive straight sixes (fair play to the lad – they were good shots and the boundary length was generous).

Dulwich would require just over 7 an over from their 20 overs. Not straightforward but very achievable on a ground with a short straight boundary and fairly placid wicket. King Cornick I promoted himself to open with Screech Hudson. The opening pair played excellently – a combination of intelligent hitting and well judged ones and twos taking the score to 47 from 7 overs before Hudson departed for 20. That brought Ed Stolle (making his second team debut) to the crease and he continued the good work with Cornick, who was growing in confidence and timing the ball accordingly. A highlight of his knock was a lovely flat straight six off the bowling of East Moseley’s tall opener. With the score in the early 80s, Stolle departed for 15 and he was soon followed by Cornick for 63. From this point, the Dulwich innings lost momentum as batsmen failed to rotate the strike as well as their top order counterparts. There were a couple of lusty blows of note – a particular highlight was MCC man Stuart Ferguson’s clean and effortless straight six – but the scoreboard wasn’t moved along frequently enough as the middle order failed to pick up 1s and 2s whilst looking to play too many big shots. Dulwich’s innings ended on 132-7, with the winning draw comfortably in the bag, though this was scant consolation to Cornick and his men  who really ought to have won having been 76-1 after 10 overs.

And so to Sanderstead away – a place of less iconic and historical interest, but hopefully the scene of the next Dulwich 2nd XI victory.

Tea Rating: Best away effort so far this season. Nothing too complex, but a nice combination of pasta and warm savoury snacks with some freshly made salad and fruit made this a real pleasant experience. Tasty, nutritious and wholesome. A real pleasure to eat. 9/10.

Shower Rating: Good temperature but not quite enough power to unwind. 5/10.

Beer Rating: Gledders had to enoy a sneaky bottle of Heineken before heading back to his house leaving bash. Nothing wrong with the bottle. £3 (perhaps understandable given the idyllic surroundings). 6/10

Sat 8th June – 2nd XI v Beddington

DULWICH 200-8 lost to BEDDINGTON 201-4 by six wickets

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After confidently winning two games on the trot the Dulwich ‘twosmen’ turned up at Giant Arches Road ready to continue their winning streak.

‘For some reasons’ Dulwich 2’s were missing a few key players from the previous week but captain Cornick was confident enough to make the visitors field on a dry Dulwich wicket – given Beddington’s lowly position in the league table.

Opening brothers Kemp made a solid and positive start on a wicket that seemed to come onto the bat but offered ‘the odd surprise’ in bounce. After wearing a couple ‘for the team’ Kemp the younger snicked off to the keeper on 4 and seemed very annoyed to have missed out on what looked like a good batting track.

Having made a decent start Kemp the elder was caught for 17 leaving the Dulwich middle order exposed with 42 on the board after 15 overs.

The ‘Brothers’ theme continued with George Carlton (brother of first teamer Ed) attacking the Beddington bowling attack with his trademark ‘extreme sport’ attitude. Joined at the crease by the older Cornick brother they worked hard at grinding down the Beddington bowlers. Some exceptionally well hit strikes from ‘fast hands’ Carlton coupled with Cornick’s mastery of the ‘dog’ sped them towards a 93 run partnership.

Making the fatal flaw of trusting the dog’s bounce Carlton just missed out on his half century by holding out to long-on for 46. He was heard to say the immortal line ‘you are never ‘in’ on the dog’. Wise words indeed brother – wise words.

Cornick continued the Dulwich struggle supported by Sleather as the wicket grew worse. Sleather promoted from the thirds was harbouring a look of determination that, quite frankly, scared a few of his teammates. But even Sleather’s determination couldn’t keep him from getting caught in front of his stumps to a spinner that didn’t spin the ball.

Cornick Jnr turned up looking relaxed but after a lovely strike to the boundary was stumped for 5 in what wouldn’t be the last controversial decisions of the game.

Cornick Elder batted on until Dulwich reached the magic 200 mark – a score that the Dulwich captain thought was a winning target. In typical ‘team guy’ style Cornick forewent the glory of the little tie and bat and got stumped on 93 – safe in the knowledge that Dulwich had a good score on an increasingly dodgy looking wicket.

Dulwich took to the field looking for a flying start. Unfortunately it was the ball that was flying and so where the chances. The Beddington openers got away with a few loose shots and managed to keep the scoreboard turning over.

Ram Rethinasamy’s accuracy started to turn the momentum Dulwich’s way by bowling a decent 6 overs for 22. But it was George Carlton’s angry inswing that got the first Beddington wicket – a one handed catch that left wicket keeper Dan Peters in an equal measure of shock and ecstasy.

‘Uncle Bobby’ Iftakir – like a cruise liner turning – slowly found his spot and brought the opposition under control from his end bowling 15 overs for just 30 runs. It seemed that the winning draw for Dulwich was a certainty but they hadn’t reckoned on Beddington’s late arrival!

Having turned up half way through their fielding Beddington had a surprise ‘first team gun’ walking to the crease at number 3. He made a steady start and played the ‘dog’ with a watchful eye. Wickets started to fall at the other end and a clumsy run out left Beddington pinning their hopes on one batsman.

After dismissing their gun for 69 with a half tracker Captain Cornick shelved the medium pace and brought on his spin attack. Although the wicket was dry and the opposition had used spin well the Dulwich men just couldn’t find their length. And the 100 or so needed to win looked gettable for Beddington.

With a very strange decision given over a sharp piece of wicket keeping followed by more inexplicable umpiring decisions Dulwich were in tatters trying to defend 20 to win off the last 4 overs.

Unfortunately for Dulwich the opposition had timed the run chase perfectly and the dogs didn’t have an answer with the ball. Dulwich ended up losing by 6 wickets in the penultimate over. Having got a decent score the boys were gutted. But it was a game that Dulwich commanded for the majority – something to take forward going into next week’s game.

Man of the Match – Captain Cornick’s 93 on an unpredictable dog wicket. Well done lad! 

Sat 1st June – 2nd XI v Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian

DULWICH 228-9 beat TRINITY MID-WHITGIFTIAN 133 by 95 runs

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Dulwich 2nd XI built on last week’s impressive victory at Cheam by sweeping aside Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian at Burbage Road on Saturday. Gaz Cornick’s men were ruthless in their dispatching of the Trinity men and are now starting to gain some momentum in their push for promotion.

Cornick won the toss and opted to make first use of a green and stodgy looking Burbage Road deck. Nick ‘Screech’ Hudson and cricket loving journalist Ed Kemp got Dulwich off to a good start despite the lack of pace in the pitch. Hudson was unlucky to depart for 20 with the score on 37, having been caught behind, strangled down the leg side. That brought newcomer Matt Houcke – fresh from an enjoyable excursion into Putney on the preceding Saturday night – to the crease. Houcke and Kemp combined effectively to put on a half century stand for the second wicket before the number three departed for nineteen. That brought the experienced and big hitting Cornick to the crease. Kemp moved to a maiden half century soon afterwards. His innings of 66 was an excellent display of concentration and manoeuvring the ball around the park to keep the scoreboard ticking along. Given the nature of the pitch and slow outfield, it was probably worth a century. The culturally refined, part-time musician Cornick showed everyone how to play on the turgid Dulwich wicket by hitting some impressive lofted shots down the ground and on the leg side. A particular highlight was a well executed six over mid-wicket. Cornick departed for 48 as Dulwich accelerated towards a final score of 228, which was a very high score given the pace of the pitch. Other notable contributions came the pint-sized Salar Waqar (19), Andy Cornick (13) and beanpole debutant Richard Beckett (12 not out). Dulwich enjoyed their tea (complete with a variety of sandwiches, crisps and garlic bread this week) in the knowledge that a decent bowling and fielding performance would lead them to victory.

The first time new ball pair of Imran Mughal and Ram Restinhasamy made early inroads to the Trinity batting line up. Restinhasamy took a wicket in his first over and moved the ball both ways throughout an impressive opening spell. Mughal stuffed a couple of the Trinity batsmen’s crusts by clean bowling them. Trinity couldn’t work out how to adapt to the tricky conditions and were struggling at 16-3. They never recovered as they struggled to contend with the slow bowling of the experienced Whitehall pen-pusher, Alex Gledhill, and the man from the Middle East, Salar Waqar. Gledders varied his pace intelligently to take 4-12 from his ten overs, whilst Waqar conceded just 18 from his ten and, with a bit more luck, could have taken a few wickets. Some clean late order hitting added some respectability to the scorecard, but the skipper came on to pick up a couple of cheap late wickets (a la Stuart Ferguson), whilst nearly contributing to the untimely demise of a few close fielders with some slow half-trackers. Trinity were dismissed for 133 and the Burbage Road men had wrapped up a resounding 95 run victory.

Most of the team enjoyed a world class Dulwich shower afterwards and toasted the victory with some lovely pints of Becks Vier in the bar. Some of us enjoyed more than a few in the company of idiotic scouse friends….

Gledders’ Champagne Moment - A tough one this week. Some worthy contenders, including Ed Kemp reaching his maiden half century, Gaz Cornick’s sweet six over mid wicket, Imran Mughal walking out to bat sporting a baseball cap under his helmet and Gledders’ bamboozling of a Trinity batsmen with a clever arm ball. However, the clear winner has to be debutant Richard Beckett’s attempt to field a ball with a slow motion dive and roll. The big man still missed by a good couple of yards and had us all in stitches. Well fielded sir!

Sat 25th May – 2nd XI v Cheam

CHEAM 276-8 (50) beat DULWICH 225 (49.3) by 51 runs

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Dulwich CC 2nd XI secured their first win of the season with a comprehensive 7 wicket victory at Cheam on Saturday. The Burbage Road men put in an excellent team performance to dispatch the hosts.

Newly engaged skipper Gaz Cornick lost the toss and Cheam made first use of an excellent looking wicket. However, the host outfit soon found themselves in trouble at 23-3, as a result of fast and accurate bowling from messrs Naeem Iqbal and James Oldham. The Burbage men supported the pace bowlers with some lively and athletic fielding. A particular highlight was a well-taken catch by hungover schoolteacher Nick 'Screech' Hudson off the bowling of Oldham, (1-30) at mid-off.

Impressive young thoroughbred Tom Gatenby replaced Iqbal and took regular wickets in a spell of 3-29. Gatenby displayed a maturity well beyond his tender years as he constantly probed the outside edge of the bat by bowling in Yorkshire Cricket Legend Geoffrey Boycott's much-loved 'corridor of uncertainty'. The youngster was well assisted by the craft slow left-arm bowling of Alex Gledhill, whose miserly spell of 1-24 from 10 overs left Cheam frustrated. Student and pint-sized wind-up merchant Salar Waqar joined the spinning party by flighting the ball nicely to claim 2-7 off 4 overs. Iqbal returned to blast away the last wicket and return impressive figures of 3-13 off 7.5 overs. Cheam were all out for 106 in 41-5 overs – a below par score on a good batting pitch.

Dulwich had bowled and fielded with skill and intensity. They were well led by Cornwick, who didn't allow his worries about impending wedding bills to preoccupy his thinking as he made a number of well judged bowling changed and field placings. Special mention also to keeper and all-round good Yorkshireman Andy Bailey, who claimed four catches.

Dulwich's reply got off to a shaky start as they lost Ed Kemp for 2 with the score on 4. With the evergreen Stuart Ferguson struggling with a calf injury, newcomer Matt Houcke came in at 3. Houcke and Hudson took the score to 63 with some sensible and measure batting before Screech departed for a well-made 30. Houcke soon followed for 28, but Cornick and Waqar combined to take Dulwich to their 107 target. Cornwick made an impressive 33 not out. Dulwich took the maximum points from the game to kick-start their push for promotion back to the Premier Division and returned to inner London in good spirits.

Gledders' Champagne Moment - Gaz Cornick's lusty straight blow down the ground for four off the bowling of a Cheam youngster probably deserved shot of the day. However, the definite champagne moment was Screech Hudson's sharp mid-off catch to leave Cheam reeling at 23-3. A failure to catch would have resulted in a hard blow to the face that Carl Froch would have been proud of. Well caught Screech lad!

Sat 9th June – 2nd XI v Weybridge

​DULWICH 196-8 (WINNING DRAW) WEYBRIDGE 168-9

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At home to Weybridge the seconds finally managed to achieve a positive outcome, taking a winning draw, and coming within a single wicket of an outright win.

Having been inserted on a damp track, things weren’t easy in the early part of the game, but a patient and accomplished stand of 63 between Andy Cornick (36) and Stuart Ferguson established a base. After Cornick fell, Ferguson took advantage of a very short bottom boundary to accelerate rapidly from the 20s and reach his half-century. Although he was out for 51 soon afterwards the innings did not falter too dramatically, and for the second week in a row Gareth Cornick produced a level-headed and high-quality knock. Although largely unsuccessful in his attempts to swat the opposition’s wily old spinner into the tennis courts, he combined with Gareth Peers and Nick Hudson in tidy partnerships that kept the score moving along, and he later unflinchingly protected James Bridgland from the strike for as long as he could. When the innings was declared on 196-8 Cornick was unbeaten on 53, and Dulwich had a total that looked defendable.

By the time Weybridge started their reply the pitch had dried out, and batting had become easier. Nevertheless, Dulwich approached things with discipline and purpose, and made it tough for the batting side. Captain Zakir Rostami struck in his first over, the second of the innings, but for a while wickets were hard to come by. As the opposition built a stand of 66 for the second wicket Dulwich had to work hard, and life was not made any easier for bowlers Bridgland and Charlie Leonard by keeper Adam Parkinson repeatedly slapping catches out of first slip’s hands and down to third man for runs. Leonard and Gareth Cornick were able to apply some pressure, however, and eventually wickets started to come. The opposition’s target switched from the win to the winning draw. Bobby Iftikhar provided a classic example of bowlers finding superhuman fielding abilities off their own bowling when he held a superb skier to complete a caught and bowled, and Sam Adcock found some sharp turn with his leg breaks. Then Ferguson took the ball, and in a three-over spell of first-class dobbing picked up 3-8. When the skipper returned to pick up a further two wickets (finishing with 3-17) Dulwich were on the cusp of the win, but Weybridge managed to survive a tense final over.