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