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Sat 9th June – 4th XI v Woking & Horsell

DULWICH 145 WINNING DRAW over WOKING & HORSELL 115-9

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The 4s made the journey down to Woking this week and with conditions a bit damp from the weeks rain winning the toss and bowling was top of Captain Bailey's plans. These plans had to quickly change as the toss was lost and unsurprisingly Dulwich were invited to bat. With Raj returning from Vegas to open the innings with Andy Bailey (taking a break from his GCSE revision!) Dulwich got off to a solid start and were quickly 40 without loss. Raj fell for 31 giving Woking and Horsell a big boost. Chris Ford (also making it into the 30's) and AB (21) continued to bat sensibly but some reasonable bowling and the very slow nature of the pitch made run scoring difficult. Wickets began to fall at regular intervals and Dulwich stuttered to 147 all out, Paul Wilson and Paul McGowan the only other batsmen to make double figures. Richard Beeching (brought into the side on account of his terrific beard) was left stranded 9 not out.  

A slightly disappointing effort but with runs on the board and a pitch that wasn't improving despite some sunny spells Dulwich took the field with one thought on their minds- take 10 wickets. Mangal Nasiri bowled a tight spell from one end picking up the first wicket, with Paul Wilson at the other. Paul struggled to find a consistent line and length (mainly due to feeling a little under par from an evening in Clapham the night before!), so the skipper and then vice James Chudley had a go with no joy, leaving Woking on 60-odd for 1 as drinks approached. Dulwich then turned to spin, with Abu Arabi and Beechy coming on to bowl. This had the desired effect, Beechy struck first and then Abu took over taking 4 wickets to beat his tally of 3 the week before. The pair reduced Woking to 100-7, which led to the few remaining 'batsmen' to be given the order to shut up shop with about 7 overs to go. Dulwich worked hard to take the last 3 wickets and capture all 13 points but it wasn't until a returning Mangal Nasiri took 2 wickets in the 47th and final over (his 3 and the team's 9th coming off the final ball) that further break throughs were possible.
 
So a second successive winning draw for the defending champions and some good team spirit to keep fighting on a slow pitch.

Sat 2nd June – 4th XI v Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON 185-7 (46.5) DULWICH 175-6 (44) – DULWICH WINNING DRAW

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So we come to play Wimbledon at DSG and what was probably going to be the first real test of the 2012 season so far. We knew we'd have to dig deep to get a result. Captain Bailey won the toss and elected to field first. 

Dulwich started well initially with Callaghan picking up and early wicket but Wimbledon played well putting on 120 runs for the second wicket. The introduction of Captain Bailey into the attack claiming a decent caught and bowled effort to dismiss their opener for 70 with the Dons now on 125-2 and looking like getting a big total. The spin of Arabi soon had the oppo in disarray and what followed was reminiscent of a Dulwich middle order collapse as the next five wickets fell quickly taking the score to 133-7 with the Doggies back on top with Arabi finishing with figures of 8-1-21-3. One Don batsman was so keen to get to the wicket he neglected to bring a pair of gloves out. I'm sure there was a fine after the game. Wimbledon rallied to 185-7 off 46.5 overs with those 5 balls proving crucial at the end of the game!

We started the run chase well with Julian 'JD' Dean scoring a quick 18 before being c&b when ball the seemed to stop in the wicket. Wickets then fell at 66, 89 and 112 with Dulwich batsman getting starts but falling to tight bowling, Andy Bailey top scoring with 34. A decision by Cap Bailey to promote Callaghan in the order to 7 paid off with a quick-fire 18 which caused Wimbledon to have a rethink. When Callaghan fell with the score  138-6 with 6 or 7 overs remaining, it looked a tall order but some good striking from Tarun Mahey and James Chudley, who rode his luck at times, took us to 175-6 off our 44 overs.

Calculations quickly took place and continued in the bar before the winning draw was awarded to The Doggies! A great result from what looked like a no-win situation. In all the post match excitement experienced Kanak Patel negotiated a lift across the road with skipper Bailey only to walk into the car park and realised he'd driven to DSG!

Sat 26th May – 4th XI v Ashstead

DULWICH 259-4 beat ASHSTEAD 107 by 152 runs

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An explosive Raj Tulsiani century set up a comfortable win for the 4s on a picture perfect afternoon in the shadow of Box Hill. Having been inserted in glorious weather, Tulsiani and Charlie Kemp got Dulwich off to a pacey start, reaching 52-0 from 10 overs. Kemp departed soon after for 21 but progress continued consistently through the middle part of the innings as Tulsiani shared a profitable partnership with Chris Ford (22). After being dropped twice in the 60s and running out debutant Ford, Tulsiani reached an entertaining hundred and continued in the company of Abu Arabi (31*), flaying the Ashtead bowling to all parts before finally succumbing for 154. With a few scampered runs in the last few overs, Dulwich closed on 259-4 from 45 overs.

After tea Dulwich took the field determined to make it 3 wins out of 3. Some hostile bowling from Prassana Callaghan (2-14) and Mangal Nasiri (3-17) saw Ashtead struggle to challenge our total. The opening bowlers were backed up by Phil Robinson (1-15) and Kanak Patel (2-22), with Abu Arabi (2-15) providing a spin option to captain and keeper for the day Simon Bailey.

The final wicket fell with Ashtead on 107, giving Dulwich the win by 152 runs. Happy birthday to Tarun Mahey who had the pleasure of spending his birthday keeping Dulwich top of the league!

Sat 19th May – 4th XI v Sunbury

SUNBURY 97 lost to DULWICH 98-2 by 8 wickets

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Sunbury had started the season with 2 wins but unfortunately could only travel to Dulwich with 8 men. having won the toss Dulwich invited Sunbury to have a bat and soon had the visitors in trouble, Prasanna Callaghan taking 3 early wickets. With conditions making batting tricky and the Dulwich bowling finding a consistant line and length the Sunbury batsmen found run scoring tough and at 45-5 it looked like the innings might be heading for a swift conclusion but some patient batting allowed Sunbury to post 97 all out from 41 overs. Callaghan was the pick of the bowlers recording figures of 4-19 from 9.5 overs.

Whilst Dulwich were happy with their performance in the field, a few dropped catches and a missed run out means there is plenty to work on for next week. In reply, Dulwich wasted no time with Raj Tulsiani hitting the first ball back over the bowlers head for 4! Charlie Kemp also got going quickly and was soon hitting boundaries with ease. Raj was so keen to keep the score board ticking he drove a ball straight to mid-on and immediately called for an optimistic 2 much to the amusement of those watching on from the boundary. Raj fell for a swift 35 and Charlie went for 43 as Duwlich neared victory, so it was left to debutant Nick Anderson and Tarun Mahey to finish things off and claim an important 8 wickets victory.

 

Sat 12th May – 4th XI v Malden

DULWICH 165 beat MALDEN WANDERERS 34 by 131 runs

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The 4s finally made it out for some cricket and started the defence of their league title with a win against a young Malden Wanderers. 21 of the cricketers on display managed a combined 136-19 with the bat as DSG still damp from the recent monsoon season played a little on the slow and low side. Having been invited to bat only 1 Dulwich batsmen really got to grips with the accurate bowling and slow pitch, Gareth Peers scored 73 opening the batting and dominated the early scoring. He shared 49 with Andy Bailey who was bowled round his legs for 7 (Andy later claimed he must have taken the wrong guard!).

At 105-2 off 24 Dulwich looked in good position for a scored of 200 but a collapse left the reigning champions 165 all out. Tea came and went with many pondering their low scores but as Dulwich took the field they were determined that 165 would be enough and it was! After just 6 overs Kamran Munawar and Phil Robinson (3 wickets each) had reduced Malden to 10-6, and they were never able to recover. James Chudley and Rezaul Haque finished it off with Malden all out for 34. 1 played 1 won!