The fifths had a good 4 wicket victory over top of the table Old Colfeians, thanks to accurate bowling from Foxey Hawes (4 for 46) and a fine unbeaten innings of 71 from Shok, to record their 3rd win of the season.
Old Colfs were invited to bat first, and made a solid start until Tim Storey (1 for 30) made the initial breakthrough. Forthright batting saw them reach 105 for 1 from 20 overs. A big score seemed on the cards, but Dulwich kept their heads up in the field and brought on Foxey Hawes for some of his metronomic medium pace. He duly delivered, ripping through the middle order. He was well supported by some steady bowling from Tim Brown (1 for 41) at the other end, and some good fielding from Dulwich, in particular Chris Ford, who took two tricky high catches. Sparky Peters (2 for 0) was then introduced into the attack, and promptly took the two remaining wickets to close the innings on a below par 151 all out.
Dulwich’s reply started badly, with David Straker falling LBW for a duck. Next man in Chris Ford didn’t fare much better, caught behind for 1. At 10-2, but with loads of time left in the game, some solid, sensible batting was required. Debutant Sourish Mukherjee (47) was joined at the crease by Shok (71 no) and their partnership prospered. When the hitherto untroubled Mukherjee was caught behind sweeping, off his gloves, in came Jesse James Johnson (14) who kept the score moving on. Colfs reintroduced opening bowler Reeves, who immediately removed Johnson, quickly followed by Anthony Gaughan, LBW for a duck – Old Colfs were suddenly back in the game. Jamie Hall (8) provided some sensible resistance and supported Shok who was now seeing the ball like a football, but with the victory target close, was given out LBW. He alleged to have been struck on the box (Ed’s note – one of the photos seems to show it hitting on the back leg on the knee roll!), which brought a laugh and a cheer from the crowd (mostly the 4s who had finished earlier), followed by a bigger laugh and a cheer when umpire Reardon raised his finger. However Skipper Brown (2 no) calmly helped Shok complete the victory with 4 wickets intact and 7 overs remaining.
Next week, Roebucks at home.