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