STREATHAM & MARLBOROUGH 65 lost to DULWICH 66-3 by 7 wickets
The 6th XI got their season off to a winning start with a comfortable seven-wicket victory over local rivals Streatham & Marlborough at an unseasonably cold Turney Road last Saturday.
After the wettest drought in living memory, both teams were pleasantly surprised to find a playable wicket at their disposal. However, the start was delayed due to drizzle and, with further rain likely, the captains agreed to a reduced match of 80 overs. On winning the toss, the visitors elected to bat.
Multi-layers of clothing were the order of the day as Dulwich’s brave souls took to the field in temperatures more akin to the winter months and one of their number was even spotted donning thermal gloves in between overs – wimp!
David ‘Foxy’ Hawes and Lyndsay Morton bowled steadily as the S&M opening pair attempted to come to terms with a slow-paced wicket. With the score on 16, ‘Morty’ made the breakthrough when Moss tickled a catch to veteran gloveman Peter Rochford. Another wicket followed shortly afterwards when the S&M number three lofted an injudicious pull-shot off Foxy straight into the arms of Rob Branch at mid-on. S&M’s third-wicket pair then raised the score to 45 with what proved to be the highest stand of the innings before two more wickets fell in quick succession.
Midway through the innings, with the score 47 for 4 off 20 overs, the teams adjourned to the pavilion for an unusual drinks break – hot mugs of tea!!
By now, medium-pacer Matt Craig and off-spinner Tony Ebert had been introduced into the attack and after the break these two quickly polished off the rest of the innings, Matt finishing with 3-15 off 9 overs whilst Tony captured 3-9 from 6.4 overs.
Remarkably, on such a cold day, Dulwich held all their catches (five in total). There was also the bonus of a direct-hit run out by the youngest player in the side, Laurie Davidson, who performed splendidly at cover-point throughout the innings. Such a fielding display on day one could be setting a dangerous precedent!!
After a more traditional break for one of Jackie’s fine teas (plus more hot drinks!), Dulwich set about knocking off the runs. Any thoughts that chasing a meagre 66 would be a simple task were quickly dispelled. With only 13 runs on the board, messrs Johnson, Rice and Branch were already back in the hutch.
However, once S&M’s impressive opening bowlers were rested, the remainder of the attack failed to produce too many testing deliveries and Laurie Davidson took charge with several fine attacking shots, finding the boundary four times despite the slow outfield. Trevor Griffiths lent valuable support and together the pair steered Dulwich to victory with Laurie finishing on 36.
Having bowled out the opposition, the 6th XI took five bonus points to finish with a maximum 20 points. An encouraging start to the season, but no doubt there will be sterner tests to come.