DULWICH 124 (39.4) beat CATFORD AND CYPHERS 111 (30) by 13 runs
The 5th XI travelled to Catford and Cyphers looking for a valuable win. Talk before the game was of a potentially uneven pitch, so when stand in skipper Bailey lost the toss, Dulwich were invited to bat. After an attacking (or reverse defensive as it’s known these days) 29 from Zeeshan, Dulwich were 40-2 off 10 overs. Wickets fell at regular intervals though and, at one point, totalling a hundred looked in doubt. A sensible 25 from Matt “Tendulkar pads” Craig, and some late boundaries from Darren “quick hands” Cason, saw us to 124 all out in the final over.
But would it be enough? Julian Dean seemed to think so. Despite being 5,000 miles away on a beach in Nantucket he still sent his opinions via text. After a decent tea, Dulwich set about taking ten wickets. Catford got off to a good start but some quick thinking fielding from James “Jonty” Worley and a superb direct hit brought about the first wicket. Then it was time for a stroll in the Woods. David Woods to be precise. 10 overs of tricky left arm round, and with the help of Darren behind the stumps and Shok at slip, he took 6 for 30 and put Dulwich in a winning position. Shok’s catch at slip (or reverse drop as it’s known these days) came when the Catford batsman decided to branch out a little when facing Woods, but his reverse sweep went straight into the hands of the slipsman. Woods was supported with the ball by Matt Craig and Josh Nava, who both bowled well and took wickets themselves. Despite the bowlers’ efforts though victory (or reverse defeat as it’s know these days) was not guaranteed and with Catford at 80-4 and more than 15 overs remaining, they looked to be favourites. Woodsy stood firm though and took wickets at vital times, which reduced Catford to 111 for 9. It was left to Josh to deliver the winning blow, extracting a thin edge off the Catford skippers bat to give Dulwich the win and Darren his 4th victim behind the stumps (2 reverse drops and 2 stumpings). It was a fantastic team effort in the field to defend such a low total and only two question were discussed in the changing room and bar afterwards… how will returning skipper Simon Peters get back in the side next week and how did Trevor Griffiths take 5 wickets in Somerset!?