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