HORSLEY & SEND 187 (48.4) lost to DULWICH 189-1 (37.4) by 9 wickets
Dulwich powered their way to a comprehensive nine wicket victory for the second week running in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship, this time at home to Horsley and Send.
Dulwich put their opponents in, and skipper Tom Savill struck in his second over with the score on 9. Savill and Matt Quaife kept the batsmen quiet, conceding only 32 runs off the first 12 overs, but it took the advent of spin in the shape of Salaar Waqar to claim the next wicket, striking with his first ball. Horsley could make only slow progress against the spinners, and another wicket for Waqar and one each for left armers Frankie Brown and Alex Gledhill, reduced them to 102-5 after 36.2 overs. Shahid Khan then took the attack to the bowlers, smashing 30 off just 19 balls in a partnership of 52 in 5.2 overs for the sixth wicket with Yaseen Khan, whose 36 came off 51 balls. Both fell to Gledhill, who took a wicket in each of his last three overs and finished with the excellent figures of 4-21 off ten. The other two spinners also bowled their full ten overs, with Waqar taking 2-39, and Brown, who had conceded only 17 runs off his first eight, finishing with 1-41. A first wicket for Euan Johnson and the run out of the last man saw the innings end on 187 in the 49th over.
Any hopes that Horsley might have had of creating early pressure were soon dispelled as Savill and Michael Currey took eight runs off each of the first two overs. Savill survived a sharp chance to gully, but the batsmen were otherwise untroubled as they put on 83 together in only 14.4 overs before Savill was caught behind for 38, scored off 39 balls. Currey was then joined by Stuart Ferguson and together they advanced inexorably towards their target. Eight bowlers were used in the innings but they were unable to achieve a further breakthrough as victory was achieved in 37.4 overs. Currey narrowly missed out on a century, scoring the winning runs to take his score to 98, scored off 113 balls. Ferguson gave him admirable support, scoring 37 off 74 balls. Currey is now the leading run scorer in the division, having amassed 551 runs at an average of 68.87.
Dulwich have now demolished the two bottom clubs in the division in successive weeks. They remain in sixth place, and next week hope to make it three wins in a row when visiting Purley, who are eighth.