DULWICH 236-8 (55) beat CHESSINGTON 223 (44.1) by 13 runs
Dulwich took the last five wickets in just 17 balls to pull off an astonishing 13 run victory in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 clash at Chessington.
Dulwich were put in to bat and lost wickets steadily, with Ed Stolle falling for 10, Stuart Ferguson for 4, and Tom Savill for 8. Matt Balch came to the wicket with the score on 49-3 in the 17th over and remained for the rest of the innings, keeping one end going while amassing an unbeaten 54 off 111 balls. He shared in partnerships of 37 in 10.4 overs with skipper Michael Currey, who was fourth out with the score on 86 having made 48 off 79 balls, and 74 in 17.5 overs for the fifth wicket with Sam Tennant, whose 51 came off only 62 balls. Tennant’s dismissal was quickly followed by those of Ed Hopkins for 2 and Jon Lodwick, run out for 5, to make it 171-7 after 47.2 overs. Naeem Iqbal once again launched a counter attack, smashing 30 off just 14 balls in a stand of 38 in four overs for the eighth wicket. A breezy 10 off eight balls from Salaar Waqar helped Balch add an unbeaten 27 for the ninth wicket to take the score to 236-8 after 55 overs.
The Chessington reply was dominated by a century by opener Karl Thorns. The seamers were unable to get an early breakthrough as 15 year old Prince Singh helped Thorns add 64 in 17.4 overs for the first wicket, and it took the off spin of Waqar to dismiss Singh for 24. James McNeil joined Thorns, and they seemed to be cruising to victory as they added 77 in just 13.4 overs for the second wicket. It took the return of Lodwick, who had taken some stick in his opening spell, to break the stand, having McNeil lbw for 28, and following it up with another lbw next ball. Thorns and Ronan Qazi added a further 33 in 5.4 overs before Lodwick struck again, dismissing Thorns for 113, scored off 101 balls. Slow left armer Alex Gledhill was by now imposing his usual restraint, and picked up the wicket of acting skipper Matt Alldis. At 197-5 after 41 overs, with 40 still needed off just four overs, a win for either side looked unlikely, but the later batsmen continued to go for their shots and paid the penalty. Waqar dismissed Qazi in the 42nd over, Gledhill struck with the last ball of the 43rd, and Waqar followed up with a stumping off the first ball of the 44th. Taidhg Randall then hit ten off the next four balls, but was run out trying to take a cheeky single to pinch the strike for the last over and being sent back by his partner. With the last pair together, the winning draw target already passed, and just two runs needed for an extra batting point, Adam Lawrence smashed the first ball to Balch at long off to see his side dismissed for 223. The last seven wickets had gone down in 7.1 overs, and the last five in just 17 balls. Lodwick, Waqar and Gledhill each finished with three wickets.
This victory lifts Dulwich two places to eighth in the table, level on points with Cheam and eight ahead of Ashford. Next week the competition reverts to 50 overs per side as Dulwich face a tough match at Old Rutlishians, who slip to third after losing their top of the table clash with Walton on Thames.