DULWICH 164 lost to WORCESTER PARK 165-7 by 3 wickets
A depleted Dulwich side missing four first teamers went down by three wickets to Worcester Park in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship.
Dulwich were put in to bat, and got off to a bad start when Nick Hudson fell in the first over. Ed Stolle and Tom Savill had taken the score to 33 in the ninth over when Stolle was caught behind for 15. Savill followed seven overs later for 28 to make it 52-3. Michael Currey and Ed Hopkins had advanced to 70 off 21 overs when the entry of visiting skipper Joe Hill to the attack brought about an abrupt decline. He took three wickets with his first eight balls, dismissing Currey for 9 with his second ball, bowling Stuart Ferguson with his third, and having Oliver Steward caught behind in the next over. Euan Johnson followed in the same manner off Rob Waite three overs later as Dulwich lost four wickets for nine runs in 5.3 overs to make it 79-7 after 25.5 overs. It was left to Hopkins to repair the damage, which he did in masterful fashion, enjoying stands of 31 in 7.3 overs for the eighth wicket with Jon Lodwick, who made 12 off 26 balls, and 40 in seven overs for the ninth with 16 year old debutant Sameer Saleem, who also faced 26 balls for his valuable innings of 9. The last wicket pair had added 14 when Hopkins was last out for 75, scored off 73 balls, leaving Salaar Waqar undefeated on 2. Dulwich were all out for 164, leaving 6.4 of their overs unused.
Dulwich opened the bowling with Lodwick and Saleem, who both beat the bat regularly without any luck as Waite and Hill added 49 in the first ten overs. Savill came on first change and struck with his first ball, having Waite caught in the outfield for 27. He bowled his ten overs straight through, picking up two more wickets to finish with 3-32. Waqar joined the attack and also picked up an early wicket, but a steady drizzle soon began which continued on and off for the rest of the innings. This made it more and more difficult for the spinners to grip the ball. Lodwick returned to dismiss Hill for 40, and Waqar took a second wicket to finish with 2-23 off eight overs and reduce Worcester Park to 113-6 after 32. Hopes of victory were thwarted as the seventh wicket pair added 31 in six overs. The stand was broken by Ferguson, in an effective spell of 1-8 off five overs, but Dulwich were unable to make a further breakthrough and the eighth wicket pair eased to their target in 45 overs.
Dulwich picked up just three points from this match but remain in seventh place. They are now 17 points above Cheam in ninth place, who enjoyed a rain affected victory over Epsom. Dulwich therefore still need three points from their final game to ensure safety. Their opponents will be Purley, who are four points behind them in eighth place and who would need at least seven points to stay up in the event of a Cheam victory. This match will therefore be crucial for both sides.