DULWICH 167-6 beat OLD COLFEIANS 146 by 21 runs
Finally we get to unpack the whites, dust off the gear and start the season. After what seemed like many weeks of dodgy weather we were all just happy to get a game on Saturday.
In recent seasons we have had good close games with Old Colfs and with them having played a game already and having finished above us last year this was likely a tough test. Skipper Brown lost the toss and in greenish conditions they put us in.
Mal Persaud and Julian Dean opened but neither looked likely to get a big score against some clever and tight bowling. the ball was moving a round and Julian was done by a beauty of a ball. Mal went not long after and then Chris Ford and Sam Taylor joined up to begin the recovery. it was slow going and at drinks although only two down the target of 160 to 180 looked a long way off. Both batsmen had scares with Sam giving a few chances and Chris surviving a confident appeal for caught behind.
Sam eventually went in the thirties and Alan Edwards came in to join Chris. We knew that if those two batted for a while we would be somewhere close to where we needed to be. Alan made 40 to go with the few runs he'd made for Surrey over 50s in the week and Chris eventually went for a fine 73.
A few runs added after this to take us to 167 for 6. A competitive score in conditions that were not easy to score quickly but we were going to have to bowl well to win.
Mangal Nasiri and Luke Howard opened the bowling. Particularly good to see Luke back after one game in the last three years. Fair to say his bowling was a bit inconsistent with some really good deliveries mixed in with some short stuff that their opener took kindly too. With 6 (probably 7) good bowlers in the side it meant a quick change and Rob Webster was brought on when they we 40plus off 6 overs. Rob has been hiding (I mean hidden) in the 7th team but having wintered well and been available through the warm up games managed to get a chance at this level. He bowled a good spell and together with Mangal they brought the run rate back. Rob got the opener early in his spell to get us going and eventually took 3 for 25 . He reminds me of Andy Mills a solid no nonsense cricketer who will do well at this level.
Jamie Hall replaced Mangal after a really good spell that unluckily not given I'm any reward. Jamie also bowled well with both of them bowling a perfect line and length for the pitch. Mangel ended up with 8 overs but no wickets only conceding 27 while Jamie took 3 for 29. Rob and Jamie kept getting wickets just as the skipper was thinking of a change.
At the other end we turned to spin as young leg spinner Sudhaker Rethinsamy came on and took a wicket with his first ball. The batsman obviously wanted to attack immediately but was too aggressive and was bowled to start what is hopefully a long and successful career at Dulwich for Sudhaker. The whole spell was good to watch and probably deserved more than the single wicket.
Old Colfs had started confidently but they still needed 34 with only three wickets left and although they were ahead of the rate we had pulled the scoring rate back quite a bit.
Tim Brown came on as 6th bowler and the first couple of balls were awful. Fortunately the third full toss ball was swung high into the air and Jamie Hall took a good catch. Wickets with successive balls in Tim's next over finished the game off. A good team win by 21 runs to get the season moving.
Next week is top of the table Orpington at DSG.