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Sun 27th April – Development XI v Spencer

DULWICH 144 (39.1) lost to SPENCER 145-4 (30) by 6 wickets

The Development XI succumbed to a six-wicket defeat at Fieldview in their opening match of the season, despite a bludgeoning knock of 71 by young Franklin Wilson, his maiden half-century for the Club.

Dulwich were put into bat on losing the toss, but despite fielding a more experienced side than usual were soon in trouble. Opening bat David Fincham was bowled in the fourth over and Henry Shine was caught at mid-on two overs later. Worse was to follow when Zakir Rostami was adjudged lbw for 15 in the ninth over. Newcomer Dorian Shillingford hit a useful 20 and together with Franklin Wilson took the score to 52 before he was bowled by one of Spencer’s four spinners. Wickets then fell at regular intervals until the scoreboard read a depressing 94 for 9. Wilson was then joined by his aged captain, who proceeded to shrug off the disappointment of his beloved Dulwich Hamlet’s failure to make the play-offs the previous day by scratching around for long enough to raise the total to reasonable proportions. Striking a series of meaty boundaries, including one six, Wilson raced past the half-century mark and beyond, eventually being bowled off the first ball of the 40th and final over for an invaluable 71, almost half of his team’s total of 144. The last pair had put on exactly fifty, the Club’s highest tenth-wicket stand for seven years (thank you, Statto!).

Conditions deteriorated after the tea interval, with wispy clouds and the occasional sunny interval being replaced by darker skies and drizzle, and Dulwich’s bowlers, manfully though they tried, struggled to make a breakthrough.. Jeremy Jones bowled particularly well, without any luck, and the Spencer openers put on 52 before Tom Gatenby had Jafri expertly caught behind by Dorian Shillingford. Sajdewa (57) and Munro (41) then took the total past the century mark and although Tony Ebert, Alf Grimsey and Henry Shine chipped it with a wicket apiece, Spencer proceeded to a fairly comfortable win with six wickets and ten overs to spare.