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.