DULWICH 145 WINNING DRAW over WOKING & HORSELL 115-9
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.