PURLEY 239 (55) beat DULWICH 182 (43.1) by 57 runs
Another disastrous late order collapse saw Dulwich squander a strong position to lose by 57 runs in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Purley.
Dulwich won the toss for the eighth consecutive match, and once again chose to field. Naeem Iqbal dismissed both openers to reduce Purley to 28-2 after 8.5 overs. Trinidadian OP Camillo Carimbocas then dominated a third wicket stand of 104 in 25.5 overs with Tauseef Mehdi before being run out when both batsmen found themselves at the same end. His 62, off 77 balls, was his fifth score over fifty in a prolific season. Acting skipper Alex Gledhill then imposed some order, conceding only nine runs off his first five overs and taking the wicket of Mehdi for exactly 50. Purley skipper James Scott then dominated the bowling, scoring 35 out of a fifth wicket partnership of 41 before falling to Frankie Brown for 45, scored off 39 balls. This was the first of four wickets in four overs for Brown, who, having failed to take a wicket in his first 11 overs, finished with 4-66 off 16. Iqbal returned to take two wickets in the last over to finish with 4-42 off nine overs. Purley were all out for 239 off the last ball of the 55th over.
Dulwich were left with just 45 overs to get the runs. Chris Curran made a solid 8 in his first knock for the first team, while Nick Hudson got off to a flying start with 35 off 31 balls before becoming the second wicket to fall with the score on 48 off 11 overs. Brown joined Stuart Ferguson and took his time to get going, taking 20 balls to get off the mark, but then required just 37 more to take his score to 36 when he became the third man out with the score on 118. Euan Johnson soon followed, and Ferguson became the fifth wicket with the score on 135, having made 48 off 80 balls. With just 11.2 overs left a win was now unattainable, but 61 for the winning draw was still a realistic target. Keeper Ed Hopkins then dominated a sixth wicket stand of 37 in six overs with Matt Balch, who was stumped for seven. With just 24 needed off 5.2 overs sensible batting should have brought the winning draw, but Hopkins fell two overs later, caught in the outfield for an enterprising 39 off 30 balls, and Salaar Waqar followed in similar fashion two balls later. This left the last two wickets needing to hold out for 3.2 overs to secure the draw, but this proved beyond them as Jon Lodwick received the perfect yorker first ball and Gledhill fell to a slip catch with 11 balls remaining. Dulwich were dismissed for 182 off the first ball of the 44th over. The last five wickets had gone down for ten runs, with four of them falling to off spinner Razi Khan who finished with 6-52. The last four wickets had fallen in twelve balls for just three.
Dulwich take just five points from this match and slip one place to eighth in the table. Next week they face a crucial visit to Esher, whose victory over Cheam lifted them to seventh. Dulwich defeated them in their first meeting, and will be looking for a repeat performance this time.