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Sat 18th Aug – 4th XI v Cheam

CHEAM 162-8 lost to DULWICH 163-2 by 8 wickets


Hotter than the sun best describes the weather, and when skipper Bailey lost the toss, Cheam unsurprisingly elected to bat!
Jamie Hall and KP (allowed to play despite sending some dodgy texts to the oppo before the game!) opened the bowling and kept things tight, KP picking up the first wicket. Beechy then replaced Jamie keeping up the good work and Dulwich managed to keep Cheam to little more than 2 an over for some time.
After several drinks breaks and some good middle order batting Cheam made it to 162-8 from their 45 overs. KP 2-15 and Beechy 3-27 the pick of the bowlers. Paul McGowan executed and fine throw from the boundary to comfortable run out the Cheam number 8 after he shouted 'easy two' which amused both sets of players!
Tea came and went but the sun continued to beat as Julian Dean and Jesse James got off to a steady start, steering Dulwich to 25-0 from 10. The pair then accelerated and Julian passed 50 just before the partnership passed 100. Julian made it to 74 before offering a simple catch to gully, a stand of 123 more than made up for a couple of dropped catches! Jesse last a bit longer before being bowled for 47. Ross Bickmore and Tarun steered Dulwich home with 8 wickets and 5 overs to spare.
A good win which maintains the 4s position on top, massive game next week against the Dons, come on Doggies!

Sat 21st July – 4th XI v Ashtead

DULWICH 128-7 beat ASHTEAD 71 by 57 runs


Heavy overnight rain left some large puddles of water on DSG, with the pitch itself looking good everyone was keen to play so a 12pm meet became a 10.30am working party and work the 4s did. Sweeping, mopping, forking and ark building saw the pitch to a playable state.

Ashstead won the toss and decided to swim first, which left Chris "he likes a drive" Ford and Yogi Kemp with the difficult task of rowing out to bat first. Both openers got of the mark quickly and despite some good bowling they managed to take Dulwich past 50 at nearly 3 an over. Yogi Kemp was first to go trying to come back for seconds only to be turned away by ranger Smith, leaving Dulwich on 68-1, this quickly became 79-7 as the middle order collapsed. The rush of wickets took Steve Johns by surprise, leaving him dashing back to the pavilion for his pads. Unfortunately he didn't make it in time so skipper Simon "6 weeks holiday" Bailey moved himself up to 9 and went to join Rez Bopara at the crease. Both men dug in and guided Dulwich to 128-7 from 42 overs. Rez finished 33 not out.

Dulwich took to the field in confident mood and soon had the chance to celebrate with Kanak "the legend" Patel taking early wickets.  Beggsy even managed a diving catch at gully which saw him clutch the ball and then his sun glasses in 1 big heap! Wickets fell at regular intervals, and when Kanak delivered the ball of the season to see of Ashstead's skipper the doggies smelt victory. Kanak finished with 5 for 21, Beggsy chipped in with 4 for 17 and Ravi Haque took just 2 balls to finish things off. Ashstead all out for 71, giving Dulwich the 13 points.

A superb effort all round, especially the number of people who turned up early to help out. Great work fellas.

Sat 30th June – 4th XI v Normandy

NORMANDY 194-8 lost to DULWICH 197-7 by 3 wickets


Dulwich 4s maintained their unbeaten record but it took a superb performance with the bat to do so. Normandy traveled to Dulwich with a mix of youth and experience, and after being put into bat by Dulwich lost some early wickets and at one stage could have been looking at a disappointing total. Mangal Nasiri was once again tight with the ball and he was supported by Phil 'The Power' Robinson, with both striking early. At drinks the talk in the huddle was keeping Normandy to not much more than 100 but that target had to be revised as 1 Normandy batsmen aged just 15 took the Dulwich bowlers on with some fantastic hitting, he rode his look at times with some sloppy fielding but passed 100 and finished with a terrific 122 not out, a real prospect for the future.

Normandy closed their innings on 194-8, a well deserved total but Dulwich left the field disappointed that they hadn't capitalised on their early dominance. 5 catches went down and some slow fielding gave Normandy more 2s than Dulwich would have liked. Wickets for Robinson, Begg, Chudley and Nasiri. 2 catches for Skipper Bailey (1 diving away at gully, with gravity seemingly absent for a moment as his sizeable frame left the ground to take a good catch off Chudley), 1 catch each for McGowan and Begg.

After tea Dulwich wanted to get off to a good start but a mixture of good bowling and poor batting quickly saw Dulwich reduced to 25-4 after just 8 overs. Paul McGowan and Rez Haque steadied the ship a little but when Rez fell for 15, Dulwich were 5 down and a long way from victory. Phil 'The Power' Robinson strode out to the middle to join Paul and the 2 quickly set about the Normandy bowling and began to claw Dulwich back into the game. As the boundaries began to flow victory began to look more and more likely. Both Paul and 'The Power' passed 50 despite Paul wearing a nasty looking low blow that saw him knocked to the ground for several minutes. Paul eventually went for 71 followed by 'The Power' for 60, but by this stage Dulwich needed just 20 runs from the remaining 5 overs. An unusual decision from skipper Bailey saw David Begg promoted from his usual spot at number 11 to 8. The gamble paid off with Begg's calypso dancing at the crease confusing Normandy into thinking he had more than 1 shot meaning he could sweep a couple of vital boundaires before the gap was plugged. It was too late though with Begg and vice-captain Chudley seeing Dulwich home with 6 balls to spare. 

The win keeps Dulwich top of the table at the half way stage but with local rivals Spencer away next week, there will be plenty more tests (although not the 5 day kind!) to follow.

Sat 23rd June – 4th XI v S&M CC

STREATHAM & MARLBOROUGH 100 lost to DULWICH 103-1 by 9 wickets


Dulwich 4th XI travelled the short distance down Lordship Lane to Streatham and Marlborough – for a local derby. Following an 8 wicket win against Cheam the previous week, the 4s went one better with a 9 wicket win in this game. (Quick highlights from the previous week versus Cheam:- Prasanna Callaghan – 5 for 26. He could have had more if it wasn't for the No Balls

- All (well most) Dulwich batsmen taking a liking to the score of 18

- An amusing runout where Andy Bailey was outrun by Charlie Kemp

- Blowy conditions

- All in all, a good solid strong performance with few negatives)

So, onto S&M. A few changes in team makeup from the Cheam game. Paul Wilson in for Phil Robinson, Mangal in for KP, Tarun in for Jamie Hall. No sign of the regular keeper Andy Bailey either. Not busy revising for his GCSEs or grounded, he'd been promoted to the 3s. Fortunately, the multi-talented Bailey senior was able to step in and keep wicket.

Skipper Bailey tossed correctly again and put S&M into bat. Excellent work from Paul 'Bres' Wilson and Mangal as the opening bowling partnership. S&M plodded along at less than 2 an over pretty much up til drinks – Mangal and Bres both picking up a wicket. Change bowlers James Chudley and Rez Haque continued the good work. Perhaps without the same menace as the openers, they made up for with guile and were rewarded with 2 wickets each. Rez Haque recorded figures of 2 wickets for 1 run (3 overs).

Skipper Bailey punished him for conceding that 1 run, removing him from the attack. Bres returned, bringing back some fire to frighten the lower order of S&M. Beggsy was also introduced and continued his fight against the elements (after bowling into a Force 10 gale the previous week), his overs were interrupted twice with rain – one spell just being 1 ball. Beggsy the professional that he is, didn't let that bother him and picked up a beauty – a fizzing spinner clipping the top of off stump. However, bowling honours go to to Bres for a superb Herculean effort – 15.3 overs and 4 for 41. A five-for went begging as a result of some dodgy slip catching. Bres also wins the award for broadest shoulders in the team, Manish coming in a not very close 2nd. S&M all out for 100.

Early tea – S&M put on a good spread. Controversially, no sandwiches though! Charlie Kemp taught the rest of the team that sarnies could be made from the provided buttered bread and sausages, constructing himself an excellent sausage sandwich. Others followed: ham sandwiches and chip butties were also attempted.

With a 101 target, the Dulwich batsmen were confident without being complacent. S&M decided to open with spin from both ends. The Dulwich opening pair Charlie and Manish strode out; Charlie wasted no time with a four off the first ball. Both batsmen looked comfortable, scoring boundaries and rotating the strike. Manish departed on 12, failing to move his feet, he was bowled by the promising young legspinner – which brought Abu to the crease. 

The spin not being overly threatening, was replaced by seam after 6 or so overs. S&M's number 11 lacked direction starting with 3 wides, but made up for it with pace. Coming round the wicket, he found his line – but was unable to get through the defences of Charlie and Abu. The pair saw Dulwich home, Abu batting sensibly, determined not to give his wicket away; Charlie was rock of the innings with 67* – a classical half century (fuelled largely by that sausage sandwich).

The top 3 did the job – Tarun and Beechey had a quiet day at 4 and 5 – their services not required. With Sunbury losing this week, Dulwich 4th XI now top the division. Onwards and upwards!

Quote of the day: James Chudley "I have the longest eyebrow". I can't quite remember the context, so that's probably not very funny!

Stretch of the day: Beggsy for his bum stretch.

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



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.

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