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Sat 29th July – 1st XI v Epsom

DULWICH 192-9 (55) v EPSOM – Match abandoned

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Dulwich staged a remarkable recovery in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Epsom, but it proved to be in vain as the weather had the final say.

Epsom put their opponents in under overcast skies and with the threat of heavy rain to come. Fourteen runs off the first three overs proved to be a false dawn as the bowling tightened and scoring became ever more difficult. The first three wickets fell within the space of ten balls, and they continued to fall at regular intervals until the seventh wicket went down with the score on 61, coincidentally the same score on which the seventh South African wicket had fallen in the Test Match on the previous day. Jon Lodwick now adopted the role played by Temba Bavuma in the Test, dominating a stand of 26 in 4.5 overs with skipper Alex Gledhill, who made a resolute 3 off 19 balls. At 87-8 after 37 overs Lodwick was joined by Kamran Munawar, who played himself in carefully, scoring just two runs off his first 16 balls, before going on the attack. The pair had added 81 in 16.4 overs when Munawar fell in the penultimate over with the score on 168. Lodwick then scored 24 off the last eight balls of the innings, including 19 off the last over, to take his side to 192-9 after their 55 overs. Lodwick finished unbeaten with 81 off 86 balls, while Munawar’s 41 had come off 60 balls. Both batsmen had recorded their top scores for the first team.

But the rain was already falling as the players left the field, and despite a couple of brief interludes it never relented long enough for the match to resume. It was therefore abandoned, with both sides taking four points.

This was the second week in succession that all the matches in Division 2 have been rained off. It was particularly galling for Dulwich as they were playing the two teams immediately above them in the table, and victory in either match could have lifted them out of the relegation zone. They thus remain in ninth place, with only five matches remaining. Next week the format reverts to 50 overs a side, as Dulwich travel to Worcester Park who are currently third in the table.

Sat 15th July – 1st XI v Esher

DULWICH 249-9 (50) beat ESHER 102 (38.2) by 147 runs

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A fine all-round performance by Salaar Waqar, who hit 69 and took five wickets, led Dulwich to a stunning victory by the emphatic margin of 147 runs over table leaders Esher in Division 2 of the Travelbag Surrey Championship.

Dulwich were put in to bat, but got off to a rousing start as Nick Hudson dominated both the strike and the scoring to score 25 out of an opening stand of 35 in nine overs with Matt Balch. He then scored a further 22 in a second wicket stand of 24 in three overs with Henry Hazlewood. Both fell in successive balls with the score on 59, with Hudson having made 47 of those runs off 48 balls. Assan Crawford-Khan fell 16 runs later, to bring in Waqar to join Kristian Williman. The pair had taken the score to 107-4 off 22 overs when a heavy shower drove the players from the field. Ten overs were lost, thereby reducing the Dulwich innings to a maximum of 50.

After the resumption the pair took their partnership to 68 off 20 overs when Williman was caught behind for 32 with the score on 143. This brought in keeper Will Bancroft, who went on the attack, scoring 41 off 34 balls in a stand of 67 in nine overs for the sixth wicket to take the total to 210 after 44.2 overs. Waqar fell two overs later, having faced 91 balls for his 69. This was his fourth half century of the season, and his second against these opponents. Skipper Alex Gledhill and Kamran Munawar then added 36 for the eighth wicket before Gledhill became the fifth victim for keeper Alex Martin in the final over. Matt Quaife was run out off the penultimate ball, and the innings closed on 249-9 after 50 overs. Esher had 40 overs to try and score the runs, or at least reach 200 for the winning draw.

The bowling was opened by second team captain James Bridgland, making a rare first team appearance, and he got off to an ideal start when he removed the visiting skipper with the second ball of the innings. He dismissed the other opener with the last ball of his third over, and Munawar followed up three balls later by bowling the dangerous Martin, who had made a century in the first match between the sides. The fourth wicket pair came together with the score on 27, and had added 31 when Waqar, having conceded two fours off his first four balls, dismissed prolific overseas player Shoaib Khan with his fifth. This initiated a collapse in which six wickets fell for 35 runs in 14 overs, with three more to Waqar and two to Quaife.

The last wicket pair thus came together with the score on 93 and 12.2 overs of the innings remaining. Gledhill used four different bowlers to try and break the stand, but the pair resisted for ten overs as number 8 Ben Collins took a single off the last ball of four consecutive overs to keep last man Tom Brown away from the strike. A maiden by the skipper in the 38th over left Brown facing the 39th. Waqar was recalled, and he bowled Brown with his second ball to dismiss Esher for 102. Waqar rounded off an inspired performance with 5-23 off 11.2 overs.

Dulwich have thus lost to the bottom side and beaten the top side in successive weeks. Unfortunately the three sides above them in the table all also won this week, so Dulwich remain in ninth place. They are five points behind Epsom and 14 behind seventh placed Dorking, who are their visitors next week in the return match between the sides. Dulwich won the first match, and would overtake their opponents if they can repeat the feat next week.

Sat 8th July – 1st XI v Bank of England

BANK OF ENGLAND 239-9 (55) beat DULWICH 134 (37.4) by 105 runs

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A depleted Dulwich side failed to build on a good start in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Bank of England, going down to defeat by 105 runs.

Dulwich gave their opponents first use of a good batting pitch, and got off to a good start as Leon Sealy and Jon Lodwick each took an early wicket to reduce Bank to 25-2 after 8.1 overs. The third wicket pair added 32 before both fell in the space of three balls trying extravagant shots. This gave a first wicket to Levi Olver, in his first over, and a second to Sealy, who completed an impressive first spell with 2-29 off nine overs. Janil Ramesh and Sam Brandon then defended resolutely as Brandon sought to recover from a knock on the hand. They added just twelve runs in the next eleven overs to reach the drinks break at 69-4 off 26 overs, with Dulwich seemingly well on top.

This all changed after the resumption as the pair went on the attack, and added a further 104 in 19.1 overs before Ramesh was caught behind by Will Bancroft off Olver. Having scored just five runs off his first 39 balls, he hit 38 off the next 49 to finish with 43 off 88. Brandon fell the same way 21 runs later for 80, having scored just four runs off his first 29 balls, and 76 at a run a ball for the rest of his innings. Sam Hawley, with 20 off 22 balls, and Nikul Ramesh, 15 off 15, then added 27 for the seventh wicket before both fell to Salaar Waqar in the penultimate over. Skipper Alex Gledhill picked up the ninth wicket in the last over as Bank closed on 239-9 after 55 overs. Olver finished with a creditable 3-33 off 14 overs, but none of the other bowlers were able to stem the flow of runs as 170 came off the final 29 overs of the innings.

The Dulwich reply got off to a disastrous start when Nick Hudson was caught behind off Jack O’Brien in the first over. Lodwick, in the unusual role of opening bat, fell the same way for 17 with the score on 27, and Henry Hazlewood was brilliantly caught by Brandon at second slip for 16 nine runs later. O’Brien took his fourth wicket when Assan Crawford-Khan was lbw for 4 with the score on 45. Waqar and Bancroft took the score to 65 in the 16th over when Bancroft was lbw to Nikul Ramesh for 4, and Waqar was caught behind in the next over for 13 to give Hawley his third catch and O’Brien his fifth wicket. The opener had bowled a curious mixture of wayward and challenging deliveries that had left the Dulwich innings in ruins, and was rested with figures of 5-29 after ten overs.

Kim Winder replaced him, and removed Euan Johnson, who had defended resolutely for 25 balls for a single, in his second over. He didn’t take any more wickets, but conceded just 13 runs off his nine overs. Sealy and Olver found runs easier to come by at the other end and added 27 in seven overs for the eighth wicket, the highest stand of the innings. Sealy was the next to go, having top scored with 24, off 32 balls. Olver and Gledhill added a further 17 before Olver fell for 21 off 30. At 127-9 the last pair still had to hold out for 11.3 overs to avoid defeat, but had lasted just four when O’Brien was recalled. Four balls were all he needed to take his sixth wicket and secure victory for his side. Dulwich had succumbed for 134 in just 37.4 overs.

Dulwich gained just three points from a disappointing match and slip back to ninth place as Epsom gained nine points from a winning draw against Malden Wanderers. Next week Dulwich have a difficult match at home to runaway leaders Esher.

 

Sat 1st July – 1st XI v Old Rutlishians

DULWICH 214 (47.2) drew with OLD RUTLISHIANS 179-9 (52)

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Dulwich were unable to break a last wicket partnership in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match against Old Rutlishians, and had to settle for a winning draw for the second week in succession.

Dulwich were put in to bat, but got off to a flying start as Nick Hudson and Tom Savill raced to 49 in the first six overs. The stand had reached 55 in the ninth over when Hudson was dismissed for 22, off 25 balls. Savill was joined by Henry Hazlewood, who helped him add 30 for the second wicket before falling for 16 at the end of the 17th over. Richard King fell for 3, but Salaar Waqar then joined Savill in adding 34 for the fourth wicket. Savill was the next man to go with the score on 136 in the 29th over. His 74, made off 77 balls, was his fifth score over 50 in just six innings this season, and takes his aggregate to 382 runs at an average of 63.66.

Keeper Will Bancroft joined Waqar in a stand of 49 in nine overs for the fifth wicket before falling for 17. Waqar and Jon Lodwick added a further 20 before both fell in successive overs, Lodwick for 11 and Waqar for 53. Waqar’s innings had taken just 60 balls and was his second fifty in successive matches and his third of the season. Leon Sealy scored the next nine runs before the last three wickets fell in four balls, including two lbws off successive balls. Dulwich had lost their last six wickets for 29 runs, and the last five for nine runs, to be dismissed for 214 off 47.2 overs.

With 52 overs to get the runs, the visitors started at a much more sedate pace against Lodwick and Sealy. They had just started to accelerate when Sealy had Matt Vandepeer lbw for 18 in the tenth over with the score on 41. He followed this up four overs later by bowling the other opener Dan Wood for 23. Josh Price and Rory Pemberton took the score to 102-2 off 26 overs at the drinks interval, seemingly well set for a push for victory. However spinners Waqar and skipper Alex Gledhill then imposed such restraint that only 35 runs came off the next 13 overs for the wicket of Pemberton, who was lbw to Gledhill for 35.

With the score on 137-3 after 39 overs the visitors still needed 78 for victory off 13 overs, whereupon Levi Olver rejoined the attack. His first six overs had gone wicketless for 22 runs, but his second spell saw him take five wickets in 20 balls, including Price, stumped by Bancroft. His 56 had taken 110 balls as his aggressive shots repeatedly picked out the fielders. Gledhill also picked up a second wicket, and Old Ruts had declined from 144-3 to 173-9 in the space of 6.2 overs as they tried unsuccessfully to keep up with the required rate. 4.2 overs remained to try and separate the last pair, but they resisted everything that Olver, Gledhill and Lodwick could throw at them to finish on 179-9 after their 52 overs. Olver finished with 5-43 off 13 overs, while Gledhill ended with 2-31 off 13 in a typically miserly spell, and Sealy took 2-29 off nine.

For the second week running Dulwich gained ten points for a winning draw against one of the four leading teams, and overtake Epsom to climb to eighth place. Next week they travel to Bank of England, who are marooned at the foot of the table having so far lost all of their completed matches. 

Sat 24th June – 1st XI v Oxted & Limpsfield

OXTED & LIMPSFIELD 206-9 (51) drew with DULWICH 201-8 (49)

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Dulwich twice recovered from unpromising positions to achieve a winning draw off the last ball in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Oxted & Limpsfield.

Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, and Leon Sealy and Matt Wright kept Stuart Fletcher under a tight rein while skipper Simon Jackson scored more freely at the other end. Fletcher had scored just eight runs off 34 balls when he was dropped off a straightforward catch to mid off, which would have given Wright a wicket on debut. This reprieve led him to up the tempo, and the pair had added 83 off 17.1 overs when Kamran Munawar bowled Fletcher for 34, off 63 balls. Munawar and skipper Alex Gledhill then imposed such restraint that only 20 runs came off the next ten overs for the loss of three more wickets. In that time the next three batsmen faced 49 balls between them for 13 runs, starving their captain of the strike to such an extent that he faced just 11 balls in that time, off which he scored six. He never fully regained his earlier fluency, but added 38 for the fifth wicket with Ross Powell, who was bowled by Salaar Waqar for 20, and 13 for the sixth with Isaac Miller.

Sealy returned to have Jackson caught behind for 71 (off 82 balls), the same score that he had made in the first match between the sides. Veteran Gordon Boxshall joined Miller with the score on 154-6 after 40.1 overs, but tight bowling and judicious field placing kept them to 11 runs off 5.4 overs before Miller was run out for 14 off 35 balls. Ned Lack came in with orders to hit out, and obliged with 20 off 15 balls before being bowled by Waqar. Munawar returned to take the ninth wicket, but Boxshall then hit 13 off the next four balls to set up the declaration on 206-9 after 51 overs. Munawar finished with 3-39 off 9 overs, Gledhill 2-48 off 13 and Waqar 2-32 off 10, while keeper Will Bancroft picked up three catches.

Dulwich were left with 49 overs to get the runs, but got off to a turgid start against accurate bowling. Only 13 runs came off the first 13 overs for the loss of three wickets, with Ed Stolle, Kristian Williman and Matt Balch facing 66 balls between them for just ten runs. Nick Hudson was the first batsman to inject some life into the proceedings, making 35 off 27 balls and dominating a fourth wicket partnership of 45 in 6.5 overs with Henry Hazlewood. His dismissal was followed by Hazlewood in the next over for 11, and Bancroft fell four overs later having scored just a single.

At 74-6 after 25 overs an assault on the victory target, or even 198 for the winning draw, seemed unlikely, but Waqar and Sealy had other ideas. Waqar had already reached 15 at a run a ball, and Sealy played himself in carefully, scoring just two off his first 12 balls, before declaring his intent with the first of four huge sixes. The partnership reached 50 after ten overs and 100 after 20, by which time they had whittled the target down to 33 for victory or 24 for the winning draw off the last four overs. They had taken their partnership to 109 in 21.3 overs when Jackson had Sealy caught on the boundary for 46, made off 60 balls. Waqar was bowled in the next over for 79, his second half century of the season, having faced 87 balls. They had both recorded their highest scores for Dulwich.

Munawar and Gledhill thus found themselves together at 191-8 with 16 needed for victory off the last over, or more realistically seven for the winning draw. As tension mounted six runs came off the first five balls, leaving Munawar to face the last ball. With the field brought in to save the single, he drove through them for four to reach 201 and claim an extra batting point along with the winning draw.

Dulwich thus gained ten points from the match, against seven for their opponents. They remain in ninth place, but are now just one point behind Epsom. Next week they have their third successive home game when they welcome Old Rutlishians, who are currently fourth in the table.

 

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