Dulwich 144-9 beat Old Colfeians 143-9 by 1 wicket
After successive defeats against Blackheath, Orpington, Old Elthamians and Sidcup, the 6th XI recorded their fourth win of the season at home to Old Colfeians.
Old Colfs won the toss and decided to bat, but were soon two wickets down thanks to good catches by Craig at mid-off and a stunning one-handed effort at first slip from Redmayne who was returning from long-term injury. Old Colfs’ no.3, Jagger, took the responsibility for the recovery, batting most of the 46 overs for his unbeaten 36. He blocked out for long periods but got his team to what proved a competitive total of 143/9 on a DSG wicket which was playing a bit up and down. Gratton at no.5 batted with him longest, timing the ball well through extra cover, until he was bowled by Ebert on 47. Witts was the pick of the Dulwich bowlers, with figures of 3-22 on debut. Craig and Ebert chipped in with 2-36 and 2-31 respectively.
Dulwich’s innings got off to a bad start: the top five all fell for single figure scores except Rice, but he soon followed Sealy (0), Ford (2), Redmayne (3) and Straker (1), scoring 13 before middling a long hop straight to mid-wicket. Old Colfs looked like favourites at this point but Witts at no.7 played a counter-attacking 29, hitting a series of huge fours over mid-wicket, to give Dulwich’s innings some impetus. With Witts in destructive mood, the pressure was off Ebert who passed 50 for the first time this season, the sweep being his most productive shot. After Witts was bowled, Ebert was well-supported by Wilkinson (8), with whom he’d shared wicket-keeping duties earlier in the day, although both were dismissed in quick succession and Hale (2) soon followed, leaving Dulwich nine down but needing only one to win. A one-wicket victory was sealed in the next over, an off-target delivery from mystery slow left-armer Pamment beating the keeper for Craig and JL to complete a bye which took the score to 144/9 off 41.1 overs. Skipper Hunt was the pick for Old Colfs with figures of 3-20, backed-up by Bahra (3-35), and Pamment (2-20).
Next week: Blackheath Select away.