DULWICH 238-8 (50) lost to BANK OF ENGLAND 241-7 (48.2) by 3 wickets
On what turned out to be a chilly, blustery day at the Bank of England, Dulwich 2nd XI were unfortunately on the receiving end of their first defeat of the season, losing to the BofE by 3 wickets.
With the threat of rain looming throughout the morning, stand-in skipper Nick Hudson elected to bat having won the toss on what looked to be a good batting deck.
With a changed side, Nick and Ed Towner started Dulwich off brightly scoring quickly around the wicket with aces splitting the field to the boundary and some additional smashes crashing to the boundary. Nick, looking settled for the long haul, nicked into the slips to depart for 18. Ed and Sam Tennant absorbed some pressure from the BofE bowlers as they were backed by some good field settings. Sam was unfortunate to clip onto his pads and loop into the keepers hands leaving Ed and Jack Anderson to continue the rebuilding work. Ed and Jack continued their partnership and looked to accelerate after some tight bowling, Ed departing for a good 54. Jack and Kamran, starting watchfully, continued to score around the ground, Jack working the ball around and punishing the bad ball was unfortunate to be caught for 47 on the rope. Kamran continued to score freely and started to open up a little more departing for 61 supported by some late cameos from Guy Skinner and Ben Lester to finish the set at 238-8 after the full 50.
By this point, light rain, threatening throughout the day had started to fall, covers on, off for tea. After a mix-up with two matches arriving for tea at once, the game resumed an hour later. Throughout tea the light rain became a bit more persistent and the rag hunt began.
Kam and Chris Hope, from the National Tennis Centre end, started the second set. Hope bowling economically throughout his ten overs ending up with 1-23 - a sharp catch taken in the slips from Nick. Kam with the additional pace and a ball getting increasingly tricky to grip saw the fence a little more on this flat deck but was rewarded with a caught behind and Sam snaffling a catch at point. Imran coming into the attack, saw another sharp catch taken in the slips from James Hirst, a one-handed diving forward job! BofE four down at drinks with 91 on the board, Dulwich in control of proceedings at this point and firmly on top. The two new batsmen, taking advantage of conditions with the ball becoming difficult to grip, managed to pick up runs on what was still a good batting deck, anything off-target being sent to the fence. With some tough chances and a bit of luck going their way, BofE built one of two partnerships turning the game back their way. James Hirst breaking one partnership with a third slip catch from Nick, 100% success in the cordon and a catch on the boundary for Guy Skinner for a swift 78 again from Hirst, finishing with 3-50 off ten. The 8th wicket pair coming together at 162 in the 37th over saw BofE home. With gripping the wet ball, bowling became increasingly difficult and BofE were able to pick runs up regularly to frustrate Dulwich finishing with just over two overs spare for a very late and disappointing finish, Dulwich having snatched defeat from a very promising position.
Some good performances with bat and ball show there's plenty more to come from this Dulwich squad.