WIMBLEDON 131-9 Lost to DULWICH 132-4 by 6 wickets.
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With the end of the season approaching, away to Wimbledon presented the 4th XI with their first opportunity to claim a second league title in a row. The weather looked likely to play a part, so having won the toss Dulwich decided to bowl.
From the first over it was clear batting would be hard, and with Mangal Nasiri starting the game with 5 dot balls, the pressure was on. A loose drive from the final ball of the over saw an edge to keeper Bickmore who took a comfortable catch to get Dulwich on the board!
The legend KP bowled from the other end and soon had his own wicket, Wimbledon's captain edging onto his own stumps. Raj Tulsiani then got himself into the game taking 2 catches at slip, the second a diving one hander!
Wickets continued to fall, Beechy bowling one of the balls of the season to get an edge through to Bickmore (who despite looking very young for 20, gets asked for ID far less than Andy Bailey!). Wimbledon struggling at 79-9 had a last wicket stand of 52 and finished on 131-9.
Rain during the tea break saw a slight delay to play, opening bat and long ball hitter Julian Dean decided to pop off to do a bit of shopping and returned to see Yogi Kemp taking his place as opener in the middle! Yogi and Raj got Dulwich off to a steady start but having struck some nice boundaries Raj decided to walk down the pitch straight past the ball without offering a shot, as the ball hit the stumps the only question was had the batsmen crossed!
Wickets fell at regular intervals, with only Julian digging in on what was still a tricky pitch. At 58-4, he was joined by Paulo McGowan and the pair started to take control of the game. The fact that Beechy was padded up at 7 gave the impression of a long tail so even Julian continued to show restraint.
After ticking the score onto 80, Paulo and Julian started to attack the bad balls with a little more intent. This brought a series of boundaries and as the score passed 100, Wimbledon began to lose hope. Paulo finished the game off with a flurry of fours, which not just won the game and the title but took him to 44n.o, 1 ahead of Julian on 43n.o.
So a 6 wicket triumph and a second league title in a row. With 2 games to spare it's been a fantastic effort by all those who took the field this year for the 4s, plenty of good cricket was played and lots of laughing was done.
Lets finish with another two wins and go for three championships in a row next year!