DULWICH 123-1 (29.2) beat WIMBLEDON CORINTHIANS 122 (37.4) by 9 wickets
Buenos los camaradez dos Dulwich 6th's. Hombres y uno senora Esta victorioso. Capitano Gibsonez tacticiano extraordinare y batsmano de Mano. (This is for the Mediterranean editions, it's all they'll print, anyway) The rest is for domestic consumption.
With the absence of John Smith, Joe Moore and Lord Lucan the DCC selection committee were finally obliged to cast a wider net in finding a captain for this 6th XI fixture. For some inexplicable reason, they decided to ask the man who was the captain of the Dulwich 3rd XI when they won the Surrey Championship in 1993.
Having lost the toss, Dulwich took the field and made the best possible start: Luke Howard bowling the WC's opening bat with his first ball of the match. Gibson manipulated his varied and accomplished bowling attack in a manner reminiscent of Yehudi Menuhin's interpretation of Brahms Violin Concerto (a work which requires great agility of both mental and physical technique.) 9 bowlers were used in the careful and systematic demolition of the WC batting. The first 8 bowlers all stepped up to the plate with great skill. Luke Howard, Tom Scott Bowles, Lyndsay Morton, Alex Vinen and Justus Van Lare bowled with commendable accuracy. Van Lare finding himself on a hat trick at one point and ending up with 3 wickets and eventually the WC's succumbed to 113 for 8. At which point, logic and reason both took their leave as the Captain brought himself on to bowl. In what has become something of a recent pattern, Gibson found himself summarily dispatched to most of the leafier parts of Raynes Park. At one point, he was humiliatingly reverse swept by the WC's number 11. Fortunately, the final wicket was taken at the other end and Gibson's team mates drew a collective sigh of relief.
The WC's finished with 122 all out. It must be said that this low total was due particularly to some excellent outfield catching: Jabarkyl Jumagul, John Comerford and Justus Van Lare all caught important and not easy catches.
Gibson, in the magnanimous style that has always characterised his captaincy, asked Griffiths to open with Owen. The solicitor was quick to point out that he had kept wicket and was feeling tired. After a careful consultation of his team sheet, the captain decided to open with himself instead. This proved to be a shrewd decision. Owen batted breezily enough but was bowled when the score was 32. A prodigy in the shape of Alex Vinen arrived at the crease, and from that moment, the result was never in doubt. Vinen showed a range of shots that far belied his years and he is clearly a player for the future. Punching the ball through the covers of front and back feet and pulling mercilessly any full toss or short pitched ball, Vinen ended with 69 not out. Such free flowing scoring was not evident at the other end, however, where Gibson prodded, nudged and nurdled his way to a prosaic 26 not out. One was reminded of Clive Radley being outclassed by the emerging Mark Ramprakash for Middlesex in the late 80's.
The finishing line was duly crossed with the pair still together and Gibson wears the mantle of being the only DCC captain with a 100 % record. P1 W1.