DULWICH 140-6 beat BROMLEY 138 by two runs
The big advantage of an away Bank Holiday league game for the 6ths was the chance to play on Bromley Cricket Club’s main ground, with all the accoutrements of higher XI cricket present; a roller on the pitch when we arrived, scorers, umpires, an electronic scoreboard and a pavilion balcony to watch the action from. Surely this would inspire Dulwich players unused to such luxuries as they took on an unbeaten Bromley side?
Dulwich lost the toss and were asked to bat. The two Daves, Straker and O’Higgins, made a solid start, with Straker hitting a few over the top when seam gave way to spin on his way to 42. Bromley bowled tightly though and Dulwich had to work hard to get runs on the board, with Veryan Boscawen playing a mix of judicious and dismissive strokes for 24 not out, well supported by Jordan Hancock. Dulwich accelerated as the innings went on, with 60 off the last 10 overs enabling a total of 140 to be posted.
If Saturday’s tea at HSBC had been somewhat Marxist in its conception, Bromley’s showed all the benefits of unfettered globalisation, with a cosmopolitan mix of hot food (samosas, onion rings and even mini toad-in-the-hole), rice, pineapple slices and grapes, as well as the usual selection of sandwiches and cakes. Fortified by this smorgasbord of cricketing sustenance, which was almost as good as our own teas at the DSG, Dulwich took the field in good heart. Craig and Hancock both found a nagging length early on, with the latter removing both openers for not very many on the board. However, this brought in Bromley’s Pip France who after offering a difficult chance in the slips, proceeded to unleash a series of high quality shots to bring up his 50 off only 36 balls. At this point Bromley were cantering to victory, but with the score at 98 for 2 off not many overs, France was stumped off a perserving Tim Brown for 68. One run later danger man Thina Perera top-edged another Brown delivery which gave Dulwich a reprieve from chasing leather. With wily slow bowling from Ebert and Brown at both ends, Dulwich chipped away and picked up wickets as they gradually got back into the game. Bromley skipper Richard Matthews had batted soundly and seemed to be steering his team home, but then gave a tricky caught and bowled chance to Ebert. Bromley were now wobbling at 131 for 8. They might well have made it, but for a great catch by Alf Grimsey that turned a likely boundary into a wicket. Now it was the Dulwich team that felt the pressure as the game hung in the balance. Ebert and Brown were bowled out, so opening bowlers Craig and Hancock came back on. Dulwich jubilation then ensued when wicketkeeper Jamie Hall picked up his fourth dismissal of the innings, Hancock inducing a faint edge from the number 11 Kalupahana, leaving Bromley stranded, two runs short.
So Dulwich somehow picked up a win in a game that had seemed totally beyond them an hour or so earlier. It was a great way for the 6ths to pick up their first league victory against a strong Bromley team, who will be looking for revenge when Dulwich play them again on June 8th.