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.