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