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Sat 25th June – 1st XI v Bank of England

DULWICH 132 (48.1) lost to BANK OF ENGLAND 133-9 (42.3) by 1 wicket


For the second week running, Dulwich lost a low scoring Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match by one wicket, this time away to Bank of England.

Dulwich were put in to bat on a pitch still showing the effects of torrential midweek rain. They got off to a disastrous start as openers Ed Stolle and debutant James Godrich were both dismissed without a run on the board, having faced just five balls between them. Richard King and Will Bancroft took the score to 22 after seven overs when heavy rain caused a 30 minute delay, knocking four overs off each team’s allocation. King fell in the next over, soon followed by another newcomer Henry Hazlewood. Bancroft was the fifth wicket to fall in the 13th over, having contributed 21 of the 37 runs scored at that point. It was left to Nick Hudson, who top scored with 29, and Leon Sealy, with 11, to repair the damage, which they did in a stand of 38 in 15 overs before both fell in successive overs to make it 80-7 in the 29th. Naeem Iqbal then led a staunch rearguard action, adding 27 with Salaar Waqar, who made 18, and 25 with Jon Lodwick. Both fell to successive balls, Iqbal being caught behind off the last ball of the 48th over for 19, and Lodwick going the same way off the first ball of the 49th for 13, the fourth time in the innings that two wickets had fallen in successive overs. Skipper Alex Gledhill was left not out without facing, but the last five wickets had added 95 runs to lift the score to 132 and hopefully give themselves something to bowl at.

Bank were left 43 overs to get the runs, and the openers started in contrasting fashion, with Henry Goodwin scoring steadily off Iqbal at one end, while skipper Janil Ramesh defended resolutely against a probing spell by Lodwick at the other. Lodwick got his reward by bowling Ramesh for a dogged 4 off 34 balls. He followed up with two more wickets, assisted by a stunning catch by Hudson at third slip, in an impressive spell of 3-15 off nine overs. King also picked up a wicket as Bank declined from 22-0 to 32-4. The fifth wicket pair then added a round 50 off 13.3 overs before both fell to spin twins Waqar and Gledhill, again in successive overs, to make it 84-6 in the 30th. Sam Ferrick and James Woodroof came together with 49 still needed off 13.1 overs, and advanced inexorably towards their target. Lodwick was recalled but was unable to make the breakthrough, and the pair had added 31 in eight overs when Gledhill had Ferrick lbw. Woodroof then scored all of the next 12 runs to progress to 127-7 after 41 overs, whereupon Gledhill struck again, taking two wickets without cost in the penultimate over, to finish with 4-25 off 12 overs and bring the last pair together.

Six runs were needed off the final over, to set up a similar scenario to the first match between the sides, when Bank’s last pair needed five off the last over. On that occasion the number 11 was on strike, and they failed to get the runs. This time Woodroof was facing, and he got a lucky four after a misfield on the boundary from the second ball and a two off the third to give his side their first victory of the season with three balls to spare.

Dulwich pick up just three points from this game, but remain in fifth place. Next week they will be looking to return to winning ways when they visit Esher, who are one place and four points beneath them in the table.

Sat 18th June – 1st XI v Chessington

DULWICH 116 (44.2) lost to CHESSINGTON 119-9 (39.2) by 1 wicket


In a nail-biting finish, Dulwich lost by one wicket in a low scoring Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Chessington.

After heavy overnight rain and a delayed start, Chessington won the toss and elected to field. Ed Stolle and Tom Savill set off at a good pace which gave no hint of the drama to come, putting on 51 for the first wicket in 10.5 overs. Both went to change bowler Prince Singh in successive overs, with Savill making a belligerent 29 off 37 balls, including 16 off one over, and Stolle following for 20 off 36. Ed Towner and Will Bancroft then carried on their good work of the previous week, taking the score to 75 after 18 overs. At this point spin was introduced, and the game changed abruptly as the bowlers extracted prodigious turn. Both batsmen played on, Towner for 13 and Bancroft for 26, and Ed Hopkins was clean bowled for 3. Dulwich had gone from 88-2 to 96-5.

Runs now dried up completely as the lower order opted for defence, with Naeem Iqbal and Jon Lodwick both taking 36 balls for uncharacteristic innings of 7 and 4 respectively. This proved to no avail as the Chessington spinners continued to work their way through the innings. Skipper Dan Yarnley finished with 5-22 in 13.5 overs of off spin, while slow left armer Richard Singleton took 3-12 off 12 miserly overs. Dulwich were dismissed for 116, having lost their last eight wickets for 28 runs in 21 overs, an ordeal by spin that had yielded just a single boundary.

The Chessington innings started in similar fashion as Karl Thorns went for his shots against the quicker bowlers, making 34 off 36 balls out of an opening stand of 41, before giving Lodwick a well-deserved wicket in the twelfth over. By now Levi Olver had entered the attack with his left arm spin. He was soon joined by off spinner Salaar Waqar who took the second wicket, having obdurate opener Singh lbw for 8, off a marathon 52 balls. The Chessington innings now followed a similar pattern to the Dulwich as the batsmen tried unsuccessfully to defend their way out of trouble. Olver took the next four wickets in 15 balls without conceding a run as he reduced the visitors to 55-6.

Yarnley was joined by Paul Willis, and they changed the pattern of the match with an assault on Olver that saw him taken out of the attack. The pair had added 39 runs in 7.4 overs when Waqar removed Willis and Singleton in successive balls to make it 94-8 after 32 overs, still 23 runs short of victory. Luke Barnard helped his captain lift the score to 107 before Alex Gledhill had him caught by Savill at gully, his third excellent catch of the innings. This brought in last man Jack Strange, who managed to hold up an end, and sneak a streaky 2, while Yarnley knocked off the runs. The captain contributed 35 unbeaten runs off 52 balls, the top score on either side, to go with his five wickets in a match winning all round performance. Olver finished with 4-37 off 11.2 overs, and Waqar 3-32 off 12.

Dulwich were left to rue two missed chances that might have averted a defeat which pushes them down two places to fifth. Next week they visit Bank of England, who have still to win a game and are currently in ninth place.

Sat 11th June – 1st XI v Purley

DULWICH 213-7 (40) beat PURLEY 99 (22.3) by 114 runs


Dulwich overcame both the elements and the opposition to record a convincing victory in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Purley.

Following the imposition of a four point penalty after receiving two reports of sub-standard pitches from their first three home matches, Dulwich decided to avoid the risk of further point deductions by transferring this match to the third team pitch at DSG, which had been playing well all season. A lot of hard work was done to make this happen, which was well rewarded as the DSG pitch gained high praise from both players and umpires.

Purley won the toss, and with rain forecast inevitably decided to field. They were unable to make an early breakthrough, as Ed Stolle and Tom Savill put on 41 for the first wicket in 7.3 overs. Stolle was first to go, having looked in good form while making 29 off as many balls, and Savill followed on the same score with 12 off 18. This brought together Ed Towner and Will Bancroft. The pair had taken the score to 136-2 off 31.4 overs when intermittent drizzle turned into heavy rain and drove the players from the field. By the time the rain had stopped and the Umpires deemed the outfield was dry enough for play to resume, 30 overs had been lost and Dulwich had just 8.2 left to post a defensible score.

Bancroft fell soon after the resumption without adding to his 43, but this brought in Naeem Iqbal, who proceeded to flay the Purley bowling to all parts, scoring 39 off just 17 balls with four sixes. He was out in the 38th over, and was followed in the next over by Towner, whose impressive 69 had come off just 86 balls. Two wickets fell in the last over as Jon Lodwick and Salaar Waqar both sacrificed themselves in going for ambitious second and third runs respectively. Four wickets had gone down in eleven balls, forcing numbers ten and eleven to frantically don their pads (and in one case his kit), but Leon Sealy and Levi Olver saw the innings to its conclusion without further mishap. The last 8.2 overs had yielded 77 runs, to lift the Dulwich total to 213-7 after their 40 overs.

With just 30 overs to bat, Purley needed to score at 7.13 per over for victory, or more realistically 5.33 to achieve 160 for a winning draw. Dulwich maintained attacking fields throughout, which enabled the batsmen to score at a steady rate but also had fielders in position for any edges or mishits that might come. And come they did! Iqbal took the first wicket, caught by keeper Bancroft, off only the third ball, and Kamran Munawar had the other opener well caught by skipper Alex Gledhill above his head in the second over. The innings was now led by Trinidadian OP Jason Batson, in stands of 28 for the third wicket and 24 for the fourth, but an excellent spell of 3-25 in seven overs by Lodwick destroyed the middle order. He was well supported by Sealy whose four overs for 16 runs included the wicket of opposing skipper James Scott, caught by Savill at second slip.

When Batson became Lodwick’s third wicket to make it 67-6 after 14 overs, there seemed to be nothing left for Purley but to bat out time, but the tail didn’t see it that way and indulged in a weird mixture of defence and attack. Olver was the beneficiary as he induced catches to midwicket (Gledhill), second slip (a superb low catch by Savill) and long off (Sealy), before finishing the innings by having the last man lbw. He had taken 4-9 off just 3.3 overs. Purley had been bowled out in 22.3 overs for 99.

This was Dulwich’s fourth win in six matches, but the two teams above them also won, so they remain in third place. Next week they will have their third consecutive home match, against Chessington who are currently in seventh place.

Sat 4th June – 1st XI v Farnham

FARNHAM 112 (46.4) lost to DULWICH 116-6 (40) by 4 wickets


A depleted Dulwich side emerged victorious by four wickets in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Farnham.

Dulwich were missing six regular players, and gave first team debuts to three newcomers. Acting skipper Ed Stolle won the toss and elected to field. One of the newcomers, Kamran Munawar, fresh from taking five wickets for the second team last week, opened the bowling and produced a devastating spell of 4-11 off eight overs. With Naeem Iqbal also picking up a wicket, Farnham were reduced to 23-5 after twelve overs. Sam Powell and Ben Ungaretti steadied the ship, adding 55 in 16.2 overs for the sixth wicket. With the three regular spinners all missing, Stolle turned to the left arm spin of Richard King (who bowled seam in his previous matches) and the second newcomer James Hirst, and even had a rare bowl himself. All three had respectable figures, but it was King who made the breakthrough by bowling Ungaretti for 19 with the score on 78. Powell followed on the same score, run out by Iqbal for 33. The eighth wicket pair then took the score to the dreaded 111, when the recall of Iqbal brought the innings to an abrupt conclusion as he took the last three wickets in seven balls without conceding a run. Farnham were all out for 112, with Iqbal finishing with 4-23 off 9.4 overs.

The Farnham openers were unable to apply the same pressure as their Dulwich counterparts, and Stolle led from the front as he and Ed Towner added 30 for the first wicket in 7.4 overs. Stolle was the first to go, bowled by Ungaretti for 19, off just 30 balls, and Zakir Rostami went on the same score. King joined Towner, and together they added 32 in 11.3 overs for the third wicket. Both fell to acrobatic catches with the score on 62, Towner making a resolute 20 off 59 balls, and King 18 off 38. This was the fifth time in the match that two wickets had fallen on the same score, but worse was to follow this time as Will Bancroft went first ball. In just five balls Dulwich had gone from 62-2 to 62-5. Two of the wickets had fallen to left arm spinner Chris Terry, in the middle of an eleven over spell for just ten runs, and he followed up by dismissing Iqbal to make it 71-6. The match hung in the balance, but the third newcomer, Jack Anderson, now entered the fray, and he capped an excellent day for the debutants by seeing his side home with 26 not out off just 40 balls. He was well supported by Leon Sealy, who curbed his natural aggression until the game was almost won, finishing with 15 not out off 54 balls. The pair put on 45 in 14.4 overs for the unbeaten seventh wicket to secure victory by four wickets.

Dulwich have now won three of their first five matches, and climb to third in the table. Next week they will be looking for further success at home to Purley, who languish in ninth place having yet to win a game.

Sat 28th May – 1st XI v Worcester Park

DULWICH 256-8 (50) lost to WORCESTER PARK 257-5 (49.3) by 5 wickets


Dulwich had a last over finish for the second successive week, but this time were on the wrong end of the result as they lost their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Worcester Park by 5 wickets.

Dulwich elected to bat and once again got off to a dream start as Ed Stolle and Tom Savill bettered last week’s opening stand by one in adding 91 for the first wicket in 17.5 overs. Stolle’s dismissal for 29, off 56 balls, brought in Ed Towner, making his first team debut. The second wicket pair could not sustain the momentum, their stand of 66 taking 18.1 overs as Waqas Sagar applied the pressure, conceding just 25 runs off his ten overs. Towner was first to go, run out after taking 65 balls for his 26, and Savill followed two overs later. Having taken just 45 balls for his 50, he had required 106 for his final score of 94. At 167-3 in the 39th over quick runs were required. Will Bancroft, with 14 off 16, and Ed Hopkins, 30 off 26, added 31 for the fourth wicket off 22 balls, but five wickets then went down in four overs as batsmen found various ways of getting out while trying to push the score along. Opposing skipper Rob Hill was the main beneficiary, picking up 5-49 off seven overs. A late flurry by Jon Lodwick, with 24 not out off just 13 balls, ably assisted by Levi Olver (6 not out off 6), added 30 in the last three overs to lift the score to 256-8 after their 50 overs.

Dulwich struck back quickly as Naeem Iqbal took the first wicket with the score on 13 in the sixth over. Tight bowling by Iqbal, Lodwick and Leon Sealy kept the second wicket stand down to 43 in 11.3 overs, but Joe Hill’s dismissal, for 28 with the score on 56, brought in his twin brother Rob. The skipper then masterminded stands of 53 off 10.3 overs for the third wicket, 71 off 13.1 for the fourth, and 23 off 3.2 for the fifth. He was run out by Stolle with the score on 203, having made 65 off 79 balls. 54 were still needed off six overs, but with wickets in hand Rob Waite and Amer Saleem were able to go for their shots and levelled the score off the last ball of the 49th over. The winning run came three balls later. Iqbal, Sealy, Lodwick and Olver finished with a wicket apiece.

The match was unusual for the number of sixes scored: six in the first innings and five in the second. Most of these were hit out of the ground and required a change of ball, using up most of Worcester Park’s supply of spares!

Dulwich took six bonus points from this game, and remain in sixth position. Next week they have the first of three consecutive home matches, against Farnham who were relegated last season but who now stand second in the table.