EPSOM 212 (48) lost to DULWICH 218-3 (47) by 7 wickets
On a day when all six Dulwich league sides won, the First XI led the way, as they powered to a convincing seven wicket victory over fourth placed Epsom in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship.
Epsom chose to bat, and got off to a steady start as the openers put on 27 in 7.5 overs. James Bridgland took the first wicket in an impressive opening spell that conceded just 14 runs off six overs. Phil Edwards came in at number three and shared stands of 51 in ten overs for the second wicket with Ben Hudson and 66 in 16 overs for the third with Asim Zeb, to lift his side to 144-2. Salaar Waqar put a brake on the scoring, bowling his ten overs straight through for just 26 runs and the wickets of both Hudson and Edwards, who was third out for 66 off the last ball of the 34th over. With Waqar’s spell completed, Dulwich turned to Ed Stolle, who had kept wicket last week and now showed his versatility by entering the attack and picking up a wicket in his first over. Jon Lodwick dismissed Zeb for 31 in the next over to reduce Epsom to 157-5 after 38.2 overs. Stolle continued to wheel away at one end, taking two more wickets, while the Epsom lower order, led by Simon Rivers with 28 off 16 balls, made hay at the other end. They were especially severe on Bridgland, who went for 37 off three overs. The score had reached 210-7 after 47 overs when Stolle’s next over produced a suicidal run out off the first ball, two runs off the second, the dismissal of Rivers, brilliantly caught on the boundary by Sam Tennant off the third, and another run out off the sixth to see Epsom dismissed for 212. The last eight wickets had gone down for 68 runs in 14.1 overs, with Stolle taking 4-19 off six.
Epsom’s collapse had left Dulwich needing to score at just 4.2 runs per over, a rate they matched throughout their innings. Stolle was soon in action again, opening the batting with Tennant, who fell for 8 with the score on 22. Tom Savill joined Stolle, and together they added 84 in 18 overs for the second wicket before both fell to Hudson, with Savill going for 29, off 55 balls, and Stolle falling four overs later, having completed a fine all-round performance with 56 off 76 balls. Skipper Michael Currey and keeper Ed Hopkins thus came together with the score on 117-3, with 96 still needed off 22.4 overs. They kept the scoreboard ticking over sensibly, advancing mostly in ones and twos with the occasional four. Both also hit a six, with Currey’s coming in mid-innings and Hopkins striking his with the scores level to complete a comprehensive victory. Currey finished on 46, off 76 balls, while Hopkins needed just 54 balls for his 43.
This was Dulwich’s third win in four weeks, and their second against top four opposition. It lifts them to seventh place, one point ahead of Purley and 34 points above Cheam in ninth place. Cheam would therefore need to win both their remaining matches to catch them, but even that would not be enough if Dulwich can gain at least six bonus points from their last two games. Next week they have another home game, against Worcester Park who are fifth.