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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.

Sat 21st May – 1st XI v Bank of England

DULWICH 196-9 (50) beat BANK OF ENGLAND 193 (50) by 3 runs


After a fluctuating match, in which all three results were still possible off the last ball, Dulwich secured a narrow victory in their Travelbag Surrey Championship match against Bank of England.

The Bank won the toss and elected to field first on a green pitch, and with rain forecast. The Dulwich innings was a curious affair with large stands for the first and eighth wickets and a horrendous collapse in between. Led by a pugnacious innings from Tom Savill the openers got off to a rousing start, posting 90 on the board in just 14 overs. The entry of Richard Rawlings and Sam Ferrick to the attack brought about an abrupt reversal of fortune. Rawlings had Ed Stolle caught by Damon Ridgway in the gully for 20, Ferrick bowled Luke Cheadle, and Rawlings had Savill also caught by Ridgway in the gully for a belligerent 56, off 54 balls. Two balls later Ed Hopkins got a nasty lifter which gave Ridgway a third catch. Dulwich had gone from 90-0 to 92-4 in just 14 balls. Zakir Rostami and Naeem Iqbal dug in, but both fell to Rawlings and were soon followed by Jon Lodwick who gave Ridgway his fourth gully catch, this time off Ferrick. Dulwich had lost seven wickets for 28 runs in 15.4 overs. The two bowlers then completed their ten over spells unchanged, with Rawlings finishing with 5-16 and Ferrick 2-19. Leon Sealy joined Salaar Waqar with the score on 118-7, and they put together a stand of 66 in 17.3 overs for the eighth wicket before both were caught behind in successive overs. Sealy fell for 32 off 61 balls and Waqar also made 32, having batted obdurately for 84 balls. Levi Olver and skipper Alex Gledhill saw the innings through to the close, finishing on 196-9 off their 50 overs. The innings was bolstered by 38 extras, of which 33 were scored as wides.

Rawlings launched Bank’s reply by seemingly trying to emulate Savill, but fell to a juggling slip catch by Stolle off Iqbal, having made 14 off 18 balls. Three overs later a direct hit by Olver ran out Ridgway for a duck to reduce them to 25-2. The momentum was now taken up by Josh Andrighetto, who scored 61 of the next 95 runs. By now a light drizzle had set in which lasted for about an hour and hampered the bowlers, and particularly the spinners. Nonetheless a wicket apiece for Sealy, Gledhill and Lodwick, and two for Waqar, reduced Bank to 141-7 in the 35th over. Skipper Janil Ramesh was joined by Jack O’Brien, and they had put on 36 in 10.2 overs for the eighth wicket to lift the score to 177 when O’Brien was bowled by Olver. The ninth wicket pair had taken the score to 186 in the 48th over when Waqar took his third wicket. The final over was thus reached with the last wicket pair together. Waqar was to bowl it, with five runs wanted for victory. But last man Justin Hunt was facing, and it took him five balls to get the single needed to put his captain on strike. With four needed to win off the last ball Ramesh charged Waqar but was beaten and stumped by Hopkins for 37. Dulwich had emerged victorious by three runs, with Waqar finishing with the creditable figures of 4-25 off eight overs.

This nail-biting victory lifts Dulwich to sixth, but they are one of six teams who have all won two and lost one of their first three games and occupy positions two to seven in the table. Next week they visit Worcester Park, who are one point above them having gained one more bonus point in the match they lost.

Sat 14th May – 1st XI v Camberley

CAMBERLEY 286-4 (50) beat DULWICH 207 (48.4) by 79 runs


A target of 286 proved too much for Dulwich in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Camberley, and they went down to defeat by 79 runs.

Camberley elected to bat, and the openers had put on 26 in seven overs when Naeem Iqbal took the first wicket. Tim Burns then joined his skipper Max Shoveller and they had added 39 for the second wicket in just 5.1 overs when Leon Sealy dismissed them both in successive balls, Burns making 23 off just 16 balls, and Shoveller 35 at a run a ball. This brought together James Day and New Zealander OP Marty Kain, who added 180 together in 33 overs for the fourth wicket. Burns fell to Alex Gledhil, having made 77 off 88 balls, with the score on 245. Kyle Philander then helped Kain add 41 in 4.3 overs for the undefeated fifth wicket, taking the score to 286-4 after their 50 overs. Kain had survived an early life to finish on 120 off 126 balls, and Philander 13 off 12. Sealy, who took 2-29 off nine overs, was the pick of the Dulwich bowlers. 

Day and Philander then opened the bowling and Day struck twice in his first four overs to make it 16-2. Will Bancroft joined Ed Stolle, and the pair added 80 in 15 overs for the third wicket. The partnership ended when Bancroft injured himself while completing a sharp single. He called for a runner, but was then out next ball. His 37 had come from 48 balls. Stolle’s dismissal for 63, made from 83 balls, sparked a mini collapse in which four wickets fell in 9.3 overs for 24 runs. Sealy joined Iqbal with the score on 147-7 after 36.4 overs, and the pair had added 32 in eight overs when Sealy fell for 8. Levi Olver then joined Iqbal and the pair lifted the score to 197 before Iqbal was out for a well made 46, off 61 balls. He had almost seen the side to a third batting point, and Olver and Gledhill completed the job, taking the score to 207. Olver fell for 10, leaving his captain undefeated for a second week.

Dulwich have thus had one win and one defeat from their first two matches, and stand 7th in the table with 23 points. Next week they have a home tie against newly promoted Bank of England, who have lost both their matches and are currently one place below them.

Sat 7th May – 1st XI v Egham

DULWICH 115 (44.3) beat EGHAM 80 (30.1) by 35 runs

As the new Surrey Championship season began with a new sponsor in Travelbag, so a new look Dulwich side with four players making their championship debut took the field against newly promoted Egham. A low scoring match ended in victory for the home side by 35 runs.

No warm-up matches had been possible on Dulwich’s home ground due to the wet weather, and fears that the pitch might prove difficult to bat on proved well founded. Dulwich chose to bat on winning the toss, but three early wickets for Marlon Cornelius put them on the back foot. Amod Pandit followed this up by bowling a seven over spell taking two wickets and conceding only three singles. Dulwich subsided to 74 for 9 after 33.4 overs, with only Ed Stolle (11), newcomer Will Bancroft (16) and Naeem Iqbal (12) making double figures. The last wicket pair of Leon Sealy, also making his debut, and skipper Alex Gledhill then pushed the ball around sensibly, adding 41 together in 10.5 overs to lift the score to 115. Sealy was top scorer with 19, while Gledhill remained unbeaten on 17. This stand was to prove vital in the context of the match. The innings was bolstered by 24 extras.

Dulwich needed an early breakthrough, and got it in the second over when Sealy capped an impressive debut by taking a wicket with his first ball. He and Jon Lodwick proved expensive, however, conceding 34 runs off the first five overs. Gledhill kept faith with Lodwick, who repaid his skipper with wickets in his fourth and sixth overs. He bowled his ten overs unchanged, conceding only seven runs off the last seven to finish with 2-24. Another newcomer, Richard King, had entered the attack, and he also bowled his ten overs straight through. He picked up the next four wickets in 24 balls between his fourth and eighth overs, and finished with 4-25. Iqbal replaced Lodwick and took the eighth wicket with his third ball. Egham had declined from 52-2 to 62-8 in just 9.4 overs. The ninth wicket pair added 16, but there was to be no repeat of the first innings heroics as spinners Gledhill and Salaar Waqar took a wicket apiece to dismiss Egham for 80. Only 50 runs had come from the bat, 21 of them by keeper Matt Main and only one other player reaching double figures. The other 30 runs were extras, including 23 scored as wides.

Dulwich thus started their season with 20 points for a win, and will be looking to build on this next week when they travel to Camberley, who have returned to the second division after relegation from Division 1.