SUNBURY 132 lost to DULWICH 133-2 by 8 wickets
Dulwich 3's set off on a Bear Grylls like expedition to Sunbury in the hope of making it 3 wins out of 3 in an early onslaught for league supremacy. Seasoned Dulwich stalwart Bobby Iftikhar showed just how terrible his sense of direction was which led to an unexpected, and unwelcome glimpse of Twickenham on Heinekin Cup Final day. Never again letting Bob-nav on the loose.
Captain Simon Leather has proved himself quite the tosser this year winning 3 out of 3, the result of all three being Dulwich taking to the field.
Iftikhar and Ram 'Jones' Rethinasamy opened the bowling on what seemed a very flat and even wicket. Iftikhar made an early breakthrough claiming the only wicket of his 10 over spell in the first over with Sunbury's opener Lochesi falling LBW for 0. Fellow opener, Martin Miles, was dropped soon after by Oliver Steward at second slip off Iftikhar whilst in single figures, he went on to top score for Sunbury with an assured 59, eventually being caught in the ring off Rethinasamy after lofting a miscued shot, this time Steward decided to catch it. Rethinasamy finished with another solid bowling performance and figures of 10-33-2.
Sunbury's middle order were not allowed any breathing space as Jeremy Jones (10-26-1), Tom Peacock (7.3-15-2) and Dulwich's leading wicket taker and golden arm, Joel Garthwaite (6-25-2), strangled their young batting line up with some disciplined bowling. Another confident performance behind the stumps from Richard Reid, especially standing up, allowed Dulwich to set an aggressive field in the middle overs and Dulwich's ground fielding was superb all afternoon. Only 2 dropped catches by the USA's Alex Tyler, 1 sitter from Steward and 1 from specialist slip fielder Simon Leather tarnished what was a dominant fielding display, eventually dismissing Sunbury for 132 from 43.3 overs.
After a heavy tea Dulwich set about knocking off the underpar total, on an excellent track, in as quick a time as possible…it was getting cold and the champions league final was on! Recently promoted from the 4th XI, Gareth Peers opened the batting with Dulwich weight loss guru Sunil Mahey. Despite his 4 stone loss over the winter, Mahey still wasn't quite quick enough to turn 2 into 3 and was run out for just 2 runs. Alex Tyler joined Peers in the middle and from then on the game result never looked in doubt, well after Tyler was dropped on 0 during his first over that is. The American and Peers set about disposing of some wayward bowling by Sunbury's seamers and after a couple of early LBW scares for Peers the pair quickly took the total to 100-1. Peers was eventually bowled for 42 but surely staked his claim for a regular place in Dulwich's 3rd XI. Tyler eventually finished with 61* and despite being sickly, Oliver Steward chipped in with 14*, of which only 6 were off his gloves.
So, 3 wins in 3 for Dulwich's 3rd XI which saw them finish the day 10 points clear at the top of the table. Dulwich's 3rd XI have made a good start to the season but whilst confidence is high, all the players know that standards need to remain high and that they still have more to give, as sterner tests are undoubtedly to follow.