WORCESTER PARK 195-4 dec (43) drew with DULWICH 159-8 (35)
A fine century by Australian overseas player Michael Currey saw Dulwich to a winning draw in a rain affected Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Worcester Park.
A shower ten minutes before the start caused a short delay which saw the innings of both sides reduced by two overs. Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, but saw them get off to a quick start as Rob Waite monopolized the scoring (and the strike) to make 39 of the first 40 runs. Stuart Ferguson removed Rob Bell for 12 with the score on 58, in a spell of 1-32 off seven overs. Waite and Rob Hill had taken the score to 100-1 off 30.3 overs when another heavy shower drove the players from the field. This delay caused the match to be reduced by a further 18 overs, and the Worcester Park innings to be limited to a maximum 45 overs. Attempts to increase the scoring rate against the spinners initially brought wickets as Solaar Waqar dismissed Hill and Danny Palmer, and Alex Gledhill removed Waite for 88 (off 118 balls) to make it 128-4 after 36.4 overs. Waqas Sagar and OP Brenton Deysal consolidated at first, taking the score to 139 after 39, but then smashed 56 runs in the next four overs to hasten a declaration after 43 overs at 195-4. Waqar, after conceding only 18 runs off his first seven overs, went for 20 off his last over to finish with 2-38 off eight. Gledhill started out economically as usual, conceding only 39 off his first 13 overs, but then had 20 taken off his last two to finish with 1-59 off 15.
Dulwich were left with only 35 overs to get the runs. Currey and acting skipper Anil Mahey scored 18 off the first three overs, but Mahey’s dismissal for 7 in the fourth over, followed by Ferguson two overs later, put a brake on the scoring rate. Euan Johnson was stumped for 4, and Ed Stolle, with 12 off 17 balls, then helped Currey add 19 in 4.5 overs for the fourth wicket before also falling stumped. Naeem Iqbal, who made 11 off 18 balls, helped Currey add 45 in 7.1 overs for the fifth wicket, but his dismissal with the score on 110 after 26.1 overs left a winning draw target of 159 as the only realistic option. James Balmforth went for 7, and Ed Savill then joined Currey in a partnership of 29 for the seventh wicket, dominated by Currey as he advanced to his hundred. The score had reached 156 with ten balls to go when he was run out for a superb 104, scored off 108 balls. Savill hit the next ball for 2, but Waqar was bowled off the first ball of the last over to make it 158-8. Gledhill defended the second ball, was nearly caught off the third, and then hit the fourth ball for a single to take the score to 159, leaving Savill to successfully withstand the last two and secure the winning draw. Currey’s innings takes his aggregate at the halfway stage of the season to 340, at an average of 68.
Dulwich take four points for the winning draw, but nonetheless slip one place to seventh. Next week they have a tough game at home to leaders Ashtead.