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Sat 20th Aug – 1st XI v Epsom

EPSOM 211-4 (50) lost to DULWICH 212-6 (42.1) by 4 wkts

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Dulwich returned home for the first time in four weeks, but continued their winning ways by securing their fourth win in succession in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match against Epsom.

Epsom chose to bat in exceptionally strong winds, and were indebted to an unbeaten century by South African overseas player Godfrey Stevens, who batted throughout the innings for 111, off 147 balls. Jon Lodwick bowled a probing opening spell with the wind, conceding only 17 runs off eight overs, but Kamran Munawar struggled to bowl into the wind. Leon Sealy also took time to adapt to the conditions, but it was he who took the first wicket with the score on 56 in the 16th over, and he then tightened up to complete a seven over spell with 1-26.

Spinners Alex Gledhill and Salaar Waqar both started with a wild first over while they worked out how to bowl in the conditions, but then imposed their usual control. Skipper Gledhill bowled an eight over spell for 1-24 (12 of which had come from his first over), while Waqar bowled his ten overs straight through for 1-36. Richard King also bowled tidily, conceding 27 runs off nine overs, and the score had advanced to just 142-3 after 43 overs. Stevens and skipper Phil Edwards then launched an assault on Sealy and Gledhill that saw them concede 34 and 26 respectively off their last two overs. Gledhill was rewarded with a second wicket, having Edwards caught on the boundary off the penultimate ball for 39, but 69 runs had come from the last seven overs to take Epsom to 211-4 after their 50 overs.

Tom Savill returned to the side after three weeks out with injury, and resumed his successful opening partnership with Ed Stolle. They needed just 7.5 overs to post their sixth opening stand of 50 or more in eight attempts. Stolle made most of the early running but was the first to go, bowled by Stevens for 30, off 30 balls, to make it 53-1 after nine overs. King now joined Savill, and they continued in similar vein, adding 41 in 6.5 overs for the second wicket before two wickets fell in five balls. King, having made 20 off 19 balls, was brilliantly caught by that man Stevens, who followed it up by bowling Ed Towner in the next over. Savill reached his fourth 50 in eight innings before becoming the fourth wicket to fall with the score on 121, having made 54 off 58 balls.

The innings now hung in the balance, but Will Bancroft once again dug in effectively in a supporting role, this time in company with keeper Ed Hopkins who continued to push the score along. The pair had reached 177 when Bancroft was lbw to the last ball of the 33rd over for 17, off 41 balls. With 35 wanted off 17 overs Hopkins and Waqar had time to consolidate, and had added 10 in 5.2 overs when Waqar was caught behind for 6. Sealy now joined Hopkins, and the pair saw Dulwich home with 7.5 overs to spare. Hopkins finished unbeaten on 67, his best knock of the season, off 74 balls.

Dulwich thus completed their second victory of the season over Epsom and rise one place to fourth, two points behind their opponents who slip from second to third. Dulwich can still secure promotion if they win their last two matches and other results go their way. They start with a difficult home match against Esher, who are level with them on points and who will therefore have similar aspirations for a successful end to the season.

Sat 13th Aug – 1st XI v Chessington

DULWICH 196-8 (50) beat CHESSINGTON 145 (47.3) by 51 runs

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Dulwich were on the road for the third successive week, and duly completed their third successive victory, winning their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Chessington by 51 runs.

Dulwich chose to bat, but lost Ed Stolle to the second legitimate ball of the innings, after three wides in the previous four. Ed Towner and Henry Hazlewood then raced to 24 before Towner was run out off the first ball of the fourth over. Hazlewood continued to score freely, but lost Richard King, caught at slip for 6, and Ed Hopkins, who was also run out for 5, to make it 56-4 after just 11.3 overs.

Will Bancroft joined Hazlewood, and together they batted more circumspectly in adding 42 in 14 overs for the fifth wicket. Bancroft was just starting to accelerate when he was dismissed for 16. Salaar Waqar joined Hazlewood in a stand of 35 in 10.3 overs for the sixth wicket before the latter fell for 63, his highest score for the first team, scored off 116 balls. Jon Lodwick departed without troubling the scorers, and Waqar fell 14 runs later for 23.

Leon Sealy and Kamran Munawar thus came together at 149-8 after 43.2 overs. They took another 3.4 overs to reach 156, but then launched a blistering attack that saw 40 runs come off the last three overs, including 21 off the penultimate over, with both batsmen hitting a huge six. The innings closed on 196-8, with Sealy unbeaten on 28 and Munawar on 19. The most successful bowler was the overseas player, spinner Harli Givvens, with 4-21 off his ten overs.

Givvens then opened the batting with the 16 year old Prince Singh, and they were untroubled by the quicker bowlers until Givvens fell to Munawar for 20 with the score on 35 in the tenth over. Singh was joined by Roman Qazi, and they continued to score at close to the required rate, reaching 72 after 19 overs. By this time the Dulwich spinners Waqar and skipper Alex Gledhill were in action, and they imposed such a stranglehold that only 16 runs came off the next ten overs.

With 109 now needed off 21 overs King was brought on to bowl left arm spin, and while he could not match the accuracy of the other spinners, he reaped the reward of their tight bowling as the batsmen tried to speed up the scoring. He had Qazi stumped off his third ball to end his excruciating innings of 19 off 69 balls, which had included 29 dot balls between his 18th and 19th runs. Waqar disposed of Prince three overs later for an obdurate 35 off 94, and King followed up with the crucial wicket of skipper Dan Yarnley, caught on the boundary for 14. Waqar finished his ten over spell with the excellent figures of 1-18, whereupon Stolle came on and took a wicket with his first legal ball. Three more wickets for King in his next two overs reduced Chessington to 129-8 in the 42nd over.

Gledhill returned to take the ninth wicket and finish with 1-13 off a typically miserly nine overs in which the only runs scored off him were singles. The last wicket pair tried to add the ten runs required for a batting point, but could manage only five before King rounded off the innings to finish with 6-29 off 9.3 overs. Chessington were dismissed for 145, their last nine wickets going down in 18 overs for just 57 runs.

With the two sides above them also winning, Dulwich remain in fifth place. However they are only 18 points behind second placed Epsom, who visit Dulwich next week in a match that will be crucial for the promotion prospects of both sides.

Sat 6th Aug – 1st XI v Farnham

DULWICH 222 (50) beat FARNHAM 175 (45.3) by 47 runs

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Dulwich travelled to Farnham on one of the hottest days of the summer for their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match, and a fine innings of 79 by Richard King set them up for victory by 47 runs.

Dulwich opted to bat first, and the two Eds got off to another good start, adding 45 together in 12.4 overs, Stolle making most of the running while Towner added solid support. Towner was first to go, having made 11 off 35 balls, and Stolle followed in the next over for 32 off 42. King now took over Stolle’s mantle with a fine attacking innings. He was given good support by Henry Hazlewood, who faced 32 balls in making 15 out of 39 for the third wicket, and Will Bancroft, whose 20 came off 52 balls but helped King add 64 for the fourth. Bancroft’s dismissal was quickly followed by Nick Hudson for 1 and Salaar Waqar first ball to reduce Dulwich to 156-6 after 36.2 overs.

Jon Lodwick now joined King and the pair added 32 for the seventh wicket before both fell in the 43rd over. Lodwick was leg before for 19, off 27 balls, and King was caught behind two balls later for an excellent 79, his best innings for Dulwich, made off only 64 balls. Levi Olver went for 5 to make it 202-9, but a spirited last wicket stand by Kamran Munawar and Alex Gledhill lifted the score to 222. Munawar was last out, caught on the boundary for 18 (off 20 balls) from the final ball of the innings, leaving his captain undefeated with 11 off 12.

The Farnham reply got off to a frenetic start as they took advantage of the fielding restrictions to race to 27 off the first five overs. However they lost three wickets in the process, Lodwick taking two and Munawar the other. George Hellyer counter-attacked in company with Ciaran Rooney, and the fourth wicket pair had added 34 in eight overs when Lodwick dismissed Rooney to make it 57-4 in the 13th over.

Hellyer was now joined by his skipper Tom Grimes, who played the supporting role in a stand of 56 in 17 overs for the fifth wicket. King and Gledhill both bowled tidily without success, and it took a stunning one-handed slip catch by Waqar off Olver to dismiss Hellyer for 58 off 70 balls. Waqar bowled Grimes for 20 in the next over, and Olver, who had taken a bit of stick early on, now got his revenge with two wickets in the following over. Farnham had gone from 113-4 to 121-8 in the space of 15 balls.

A late cameo by Chris Terry, with 34 off 48 balls, enabled the last two wickets to add 54 runs and give Farnham an unlikely two batting points. Lodwick and Munawar were recalled, and the latter ended the innings to dismiss them for 175 and give Dulwich victory by 47 runs. The wickets were shared between Lodwick (3-43 off nine overs), Olver (3-44 off ten) and Munawar and Waqar, who each took 2-26. The bowlers were supported by an outstanding fielding display which cut off a number of potential boundaries and maintained the pressure throughout the innings.

Dulwich thus recorded their second victory of the season over Farnham, and rise one place in the table to fifth. Next week they visit Chessington, who are two points behind them in seventh place. Dulwich will be looking to avenge their one wicket defeat in the first match between the sides.

Sat 30th July – 1st XI v Egham

DULWICH 146 (43.2) beat EGHAM 134 (54.4) by 12 runs

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A depleted Dulwich side travelled to Egham for their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match, and emerged victorious in a low scoring match by just 12 runs.

Dulwich had to make six changes from the previous week, giving first team debuts to two players from the second team, and recalling Ed Matten for his first match for the first team for four years, and his first for any team this season. Put in to bat, the two other Eds, Stolle and Towner, took the score to 26 in the ninth over when Stolle fell for 11. The next three wickets fell to Marlon Cornelius, who normally opens the bowling but was not used until the 13th over after arriving late. He removed Towner for 21, Henry Hazlewood for 18 and Matten for 4, to reduce Dulwich to 68-4 in the 21st over.

Salaar Waqar was now joined by debutant Guy Skinner, and they added 31 together before Cornelius removed Skinner for 18. He followed up in his next over by claiming the other debutant Ajmal Patankar for a single to give him his fifth wicket. Dulwich had declined to 108-6 after 30.2 overs, but Waqar remained for another 13 overs before becoming the ninth wicket to fall. His resolute 42, scored off 79 balls, turned out to be comfortably the highest score of the match. He was given good support by Jon Lodwick, with an obdurate 3 off 21 balls, Levi Olver, with a breezy 12 off 18, and Kamran Munawar, who was last out for 2. Keeper Andrew Gilmour claimed four catches, mostly from leg-side tickles, plus a stumping as Dulwich were dismissed for 146 in the 44th over.

There were 56 overs left for Egham to get the runs or Dulwich to take ten wickets. This proved to be only just enough as the last wicket did not fall until the penultimate over. Lodwick and Munawar bowled a testing opening spell, and Lodwick was rewarded with three wickets in his first five overs to reduce Egham to 15-3. Gilmour and 19 year old Will Brown dug in, but Lodwick struck again to dismiss Brown, and Gilmour fell to skipper Alex Gledhill for 20 to make it 43-5. Adam Dix and Chris Douglas were unable to force the pace against slow left armers Gledhill and Olver, but with plenty of time available were happy to score at around two an over. The pair had added 46 in 20.2 overs when Lodwick returned to remove Dix for 22 and claim his fifth wicket. Only five runs had come from the next five overs when Waqar chipped in with the seventh wicket.

With 53 still needed off the last 12 overs Cornelius was promoted to look for quick runs, which he did successfully if not always intentionally by hitting 19 off 16 balls. He fell to Gledhill with the score on 119, to be followed by Douglas in the skipper’s next over with no addition to the score, his top score of 29 having taken a mammoth 107 balls. The last pair came together with 28 needed off 5.3 overs. With Egham desperate for victory they continued to go for the runs, and had advanced to 134 when a Patankar stumping off Gledhill ended the match, to give Dulwich victory by 12 runs with just eight balls to spare. The skipper finished with 4-25 off 11.4 overs, while Lodwick recorded his best figures for the club with 5-48 off 17.

With most of the sides around them also winning, Dulwich remain in sixth place. Next week they visit third placed Farnham as the competition reverts to 50 overs per side.

Sat 23rd July – 1st XI v Worcester Park

DULWICH 180 (53.3) lost to WORCESTER PARK 183-3 (37.3) by 7 wickets

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Dulwich were thoroughly outplayed by Worcester Park, going down to defeat in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match by seven wickets.

Dulwich elected to bat and got off to a remarkable start as acting skipper Ed Stolle hit the first ball of the match into a neighbouring garden, necessitating a lengthy search for a replacement. He and Tom Savill then repeated their dominating form of the previous week, needing just 7.5 overs to post their fifth opening stand of 50 or more in seven attempts. This was to prove a false dawn. Savill’s dismissal for 25, scored at a run a ball, was soon followed by three more wickets, including Stolle for 35, also at a run a ball, to reduce Dulwich to 67-4 after 16 overs. Keeper Ed Hopkins and Jack Anderson then found runs hard to come by against the opposition spinners. They had added 24 in ten overs for the fifth wicket when Anderson was caught behind for 14 off 34 balls.

Stuart Ferguson now joined Hopkins, and played a staunch supporting role while Hopkins pushed the score along at the other end. The partnership had added 40 in 11.4 overs when Ferguson fell, having also batted 34 balls, with just three scoring shots for his 7. He was followed two overs later by Hopkins, whose 43 had taken 79 balls. Salaar Waqar fell for 7 to become the eighth wicket with the score on 143. Jon Lodwick then joined Naeem Iqbal in a spirited ninth wicket stand of 37 in 8.5 overs, before both were dismissed on the same score, having made 15 and 19 respectively. Dulwich were all out for 180 in the 54th over, leaving their opponents 46 overs to get the runs.

Lodwick and Kamran Munawar opened the bowling impressively, each removing one of the openers to reduce Worcester Park to 25-2 in the seventh over. But that was as good as it got. Iqbal also bowled aggressively but, with both the regular slow left armers unavailable, the spinners were unable to exert the same control as their opponents. As he had done in the first match skipper Rob Hill led the way. He added 87 for the third wicket with Danny Palmer, who was bowled by Stolle for 44, and 71 for the fourth with Charlie King, whose 43 not out came at a run a ball. Hill finished on 69 not out off 87 balls, to see his side to a seven wicket victory in the 38th over.

Dulwich gained just two batting points from this defeat, and slip two places to sixth. Next week they visit eighth placed Egham, who will be desperate for a win to lift them clear of the relegation zone.