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17th June – Where has the Summer gone?

Where has the summer gone?

(Friday 17th June) Last weekend the skippers were looking at the sky, consulting their rule books and calculating run rates.  This week doesn’t look any better.  In the 1sts we ended up with a winning draw against Ashford.  Battling to 194 for 6 with a return to form for Richard Farrow before he dislocated his finger whilst in the field.  We all wish Richard a speedy recovery.  Matching 49s from Tom Savill and Majeed  as well.  We bowled 32 overs and they were 121 for 4 and short of the required rate.

The 2s came away with an abandoned match Away at Sunbury.  Really struggling to get to 160 all out with a battling 40 from Olly Steward and a 54 partnership with the consistent lower order Jamie Pettigrew.  No wickets in 16 overs so we were probably glad the game was called off.  The 3s had a real arm wrestle against Sunbury and came away with a winning draw.   We were put in and Raj Tulsiani (58) continued his good form as we made 145.  Sunbury were 87 for 8 when the game finished with good spells from Callaghan, Campbell, Gatenby and Jones.  The 4s also picked up a winning draw at Sunbury.  A similar total of 165 for 9 with Matt Ball top scoring with 52.  We managed to get them 5 down in 16 overs but were thwarted by the elements.

The 5s got a good thrashing.  Burgess Park made 258 in their 46 overs and we struggled to 99 for 8.  Only highlight (you wouldn’t expect many with those scores) was 3 wickets on return for Rehan Malik.  The 6s did manage to get the only win of the day against Old Colfs.  We were put in and made 164 for 7 in 40 overs with the first ever 50 at Dulwich for Richard Beeching (reports he was after Faz’s spot in the 1s were over played – mainly by Beechy!).  We then kept them to 138 for 9 in their 40 overs.  4 for Simon Peters and 3 for Joe Hale.

The 7s game was cancelled as the stars were utilised in higher teams and both Sunday matches were rained off!

Colts summary

The Under 8s beat Sutton quite easily making 309 (starting at 200 and we only lost 6 wickets) against Sutton’s 246 to win by 63 runs.  A fine team performance led by Man of Match and wicket keeper Ben Mirchandani.  The under 9s lost to Sutton by 37 runs a major factor being giving away 51 extras in an otherwise good bowling performance Max Swanson the only bowler not to give away any no balls or wides.  We also lost 12 wickets to Suttons 5 – Devan Wasan and Noah Baker being undefeated.  The under 11s lost to Reigate Priory on a damp and dismal day – we made a low score of 75 for 7 against strong Reigate bowling and fielding and despite battling hard we lost with 5 overs to spare.  The under 15s beat Trinity Mid Whitgiftians.

- Tim Brown

7 June: Majeed magic as 1sts go top of the league

(Tuesday 7 June) The 1sts continued their run of good results with a win at home against Worcester Park. We have a won 4 lost 1 record without – I’m sure Anil and the team don’t mind me saying – as yet playing our best cricket all the way through each game.

After Anil Mahey and Ed Matten put on 66 for the 1st wicket Majeed again top scored with 70. Supported by two more thirties from Tom Savill and Richard Farrow we declared at 245-8 in 53 overs.

A constant fall of wickets which were shared around all the bowlers and with an over and a bit to spare we won by 104 runs. A long way to go but the win has put us in top spot.

The 2s had a tough day away at Weybridge but eked out a losing draw to take 1 point. Weybridge scored 245-4 and we replied with 140-9 with only Stuart Ferguson and skipper Richard Reid getting any.

There was a fine run chase from the 3s to win their game at DSG against Beddington.  Dave Gritton took 4 for 73 but Beddington set a challenging 247.  The selectors were told a thing or two as Andy Cornick (dropped from the 2s) made 50 and Stephen Hale (also dropped from the 2s) scored a stunning unbeaten 114 to win the game.  Difficult discussions ahead for Tuesday night. The 3s, like the 2s, are in 3rd position in their league. Read the full match report and the match gallery of the 3s great win>>

The 4s had a bit of a mixed day.  Having got off to a flyer we made 286 for 7 with Raj Tulsiani opening and making 132*.  For those who have seen Julian Dean play , he was 0* when we were 47-0!  Many bowlers were tried but we could only get 4 wickets as Sutton made 189 and we had to settle for a winning draw. The 4s, like the 1sts, are top of the table.

The 5s won an important game against ex-blues.  66 scored on one leg by Mal Persaud and 61 off 29 balls (scored off one shot supposedly – see match report) by Allen Blackford as we made 271-9 in our 46 overs. We struggled to get the wickets but in the last over Blackers took his 5th wicket to get us full points.

The 6s lost to Sidcup who scored 198-8 as Tim Storey took 5 for.  We were never really in a position to win the game but ended up with 163 with Chris Ford scoring 48. Read the full story>>

The 7s followed their win on tour with a draw at Abinger after a long travel. A lonnngggg match write-up from Jim Gibson and view the pics.

The Sunday 2s were victims of the weather and the development side were victims of exams and half term! For a roundup of the Colts from the weekend visit the Colts news page>>.

Thanks, Tim

Cricket Week round up

We had three good days of cricket despite having to cancel the club day scheduled for the Friday.

Tuesday - the Paralytics managed their second match in a row without rain.  Early wickets put them under pressure.  5 wickets from Tim Brown as the Paralytics tried to recover their innings left a very gettable target of 107.  Runs from Julian Dean and Joel Garthwaite and a 7 wicket win allowed all concerned to have an early beer.

Wednesday – Old Ruts batted first and made 181 with Jamie Hall taking 4 wickets.  I’m sure they thought they would win the game as they got us 9 wickets down with runs to get but who was at number 11 – that man Blackford to bring us home with Alzan Ahmed (finishing with 52*).

Thursday – Surprisingly Jack Lusk was kept back to number 8 but still managed to score a 20 ball 50 for Green Park Exiles alongside runs from captain, sponsor and owner Raj as the opposition made 304 for 7.  Bobby Iftikhar took 3 wickets but his figures suffered at the hands of Jack.  In reply a credible 216 – good that we had a visitor from Sports Turf to see 500 runs plus being scored in the afternoon.

2 June: Four Surrey Championship Wins

(Thursday, 2 June)  The highlight of the weekend (the 21st and 22nd of May) was getting a clean sweep of our top 4 Men’s teams in the Surrey Championship.  This is a pretty rare occurrence but one that hopefully happens a few times this year.

The 1sts were at Epsom and chose to bat.  A partnership between Ed Matten (43) and overseas Majeed Jehangir (71) set the base and quick runs from Tom Savill, Nick Storey and Mark Kelly helped us get to 266 for 7.  We then bowled Epsom out for 212 with 7 and a half overs to go.  Arun Mahey probably the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 39 off his 10.  

The 2s won yet another of their nail biters in front of a large crowd who know they are always likely to get drama with the 2s.  Epsom chose to bat making 198 all out in the final over.  Wickets were shared around the strong bowling attack.  In reply we were 7 down for 131 before a partnership between Reid and Pettigrew.  In the end we won in the last over to put the 2s in 2nd place.  

The 3s bowled and Banstead made 216 for 8 with 3 wickets each for Nick Pritchard and Zakir Rostami. A good innings from Charlie Kemp of 104 not out was the basis of a straight forward win by 7 wickets. 

The 4s beat Malden Wanderers.  An unbeaten 126 from Alan Edwards allowed a declaration at 269 for 4.  Early wickets put the opposition under pressure from which they did not recover. 

In the Kent Regional League the 5s and the 6s both lost.  The 5ths lost a close game to unbeaten Catford and Cyphers.  Sam Taylor returning with a fifty and Mangal Nasiri keeping up his good early season form with 4 for.  The 6s lost to a good Orpington side and are lower down the table than we would like at this stage.  Still 15 rounds to go though.

The 7s lost the second of the Nat West Series against the Amblers.  Nick Rochford top scoring with 45.

On Sunday the Ladies won their 2nd game of the season by 9 wickets and are in the top half of their table (although played more games than those around them).  A good all round bowling display with 3 wickets for Sophie Geldard and Jane Ball as we bowled Sibton Park out for 57 in 21 overs. 

The Sunday 2s lost to Downham and Bellingham by 31 runs with overseas  Majeed scoring a few runs (48) and regular Sunday start Booby Iftikhar taking 3 for 9.  The Sunday Development side lost to Clapham Nomads by 21 runs despite 50s from Simon Leather and Mal Persaud.

Colts Round Up

The U13s 1st team lost in a low scoring game against Spencer.  We managed to bowl Spencer out for 94 but were all out for 67.  The strong Dulwich U13 2nds won against Addiscombe.  Scoring 120 for 5 (Ben Grace 30*) we held Addiscombe to 105 for 9.

The U13s also won a cup game against Sutton.  A hat trick from Ben Swanson as we contained Sutton to 97 – 7.  In reply we were 77 for 8 before an 8th wkt partnership of 25 (Cameron Gleave & Joe Wilson) saw Dulwich into the next round.

The U12s “A” team had a home match against Spencer.  The opposition batted first and scored 115 off their 20 overs.  A fine stand between Sameer Saleem (20) and Guy Deasy (30 retired not out), a great knock from Thomas Cable 24* and a fine cut from debutant Samuel Stopford (also took 3 wickets in an over) that raced to the boundary for a fantastic last ball win

The U12 “B” team scored 133 for 2 wickets off 20 overs and then limited Wandgas to 103 for 8 off their 20 overs with a good all round performance from Ben Williams well supported by the rest of the team.

The U11s beat Purley at home.  Purley were all out for 75 (Jonny Stone 3 for 5) which we made in the 17th over.  Til Ewart man of the match for an unbeaten 32 runs.

The U11 pairs lost to a good Spencer after fighting hard to the very last ball. Our final score was a beatable 236 yet we defended it very well until the last few overs when the game slipped away from us. 

The U11s also had a friendly Twenty20 v their Dulwich College counterparts with a great wicket and a great tea.    The College batted first and scored 117 (49 for Til Ewart who could have represented either side).  Ultimately we fell short by 27 runs in a good competitive game. 

The U10s were away at Alleyn & Honor Oak and fielded first.    Max Swanson taking 4 wkts and Man of the Match as they scored 220.  We batted sensibly to lose only two wickets as we scored 315 (starting at 200). 

The U9B team played a friendly against the U8A team and posted 309 (starting at 200) and the younger boys batting well to take the game to the drama of the last ball before age (experience?) prevailed and relief for the U9s.

- Tim Brown

17 May: The League starts well

The League season starts well

Tim’s weekly update below. See photos and match reports from selected games for more detailed coverage 


Firsts v Old Emanuel 7 May 2011
Firsts v Old Emanuel 7 May 2011

Thursday 12 May – A great start to the Surrey Championship Season with wins for all of our top four sides.

The Firsts at home against Old Emanuel scored 200-7 on the board.  After 10 overs 35-4 and then Farrow, Soulsby (57), Savill (76 partnership with Soulsby) and Kelly all batted sensibly to recover the position.  The Old Emanuel innings mirrored ours, 89 for 7 in the 31st over then another fightback eventually ended 17 runs short.  Early wickets from Savill and Lester, tight bowling by Mark Kelly and Majeed Jehangir (2wkts on debut) set the position up and James Soulsby finished the game in fine style.   Rare to get 4 wins - a habit worth forming!

The Twos travelled to Malden Wanderers and were inserted on a green looking deck.  Gareth Cornick continued his form (69) and late order resistance from Reid and Pettigrew took us to 216.  The early bowlers then kept Malden Wanderers quiet.  Gareth Cornick (3 wkts) and Tom Peacock (4 wkts) ran through the middle order and tail as we won by 23 runs.  No extras given away – a really good sign.

The Threes bowled well to restrict Spencer to 144 with Rob Miley (3wkts on debut) and Houghy (2 for 15 off 10)  just the pick in a good all round bowling display.  A nervous chase as we were 41-5 and 89-8 but Abu Arabi (61*) and Pritchard (15*) got us home.

The Fours at Spencer kept them to 127 all out in the 37th over (Campbell 4 wkts, Rezaul Haque 3) and then got them 6 down (53 from Charlie Kemp).

In the Kent Regional League the Fives were abandoned (under review) and were able to watch the 1sts win.  The Sixes lost a close game to Blackheath Ninths!  Alan Edwards 51 of 138 all out and Steve Johns 5 wickets the highlights. 

On Sunday we lost in the National Knock Out to a strong Beddington team.  After late team changes we kept Beddington to 219 all out.  Farrow opening the bowling with Iftikhar!  Chasing late inclusion Joel Garthwaite top scored with 61 but we fell 13 runs short with 1 wicket left. 

The Ladies home to Margate (72 all out with wickets shared) had a comfortable win by 8 wkts.  No stand outs just a great team effort!

The Sunday 2s lost to a strong Dulwich Kingstone side with the highlight a rare appearance by Dulwich legend Stewart Harmer.

The Sunday 3s also lost.

Dulwich @ Alleyns & Honor Oak, Tuesday Dulwich @ Alleyns & Honor Oak, Tuesday

On Tuesday night we won our first ever Twenty20 cup game against local rivals Alleyn & Honor Oak a run out on the last ball to win by 1. Some pics here>>

In the Colts we had wins for the U13s (Dulwich 114-5, Tadworth 76-5, Michael Slade 30*, Alfie Miller 21, Ben Swanson 3-4, Alfie Sealey 2-6).

The U11s Cup H v Kenley – Dulwich 256 and Kenley just short, Man of the match Sam Moody 2-6 pushed by Til Ewart 21 and keeper Tom Needen.

The U10 NEC Cup v Purley – Dulwich 290- 5, then good in the field 5 run outs, 5 bowled, 4 catches and a stumping, Edgar Beck and Roohullah Abba sharing man of the match honours.

The U9s – EAHO 212-9, Max Swanson 2 for 3, James Chapman 2 for 4, Dulwich 335-3, Conor Moody 18, Christian Freeman 16 – read report>>

NB some of these games the team starts on 200 as runs are lost for wickets taken. 

Last week the U13B’s won (against AHO by 22 runs, Sammy Edwards 31*, Waheeb Hussaini 2-9).   I don’t yet have the U15s result.

By my reckoning that is 11 wins, 1 abandoned, 4 losses with some good team performances and some lessons to be learnt to get even stronger.  Well done all!

 Tim Brown

5 May: Overseas player arrives and league games start

Overseas  player arrives and league games start

Thursday, 5 May: Another big week at Dulwich.  Firstly welcome to our new overseas player Majeed Jehangir (look out for his profile which will be on the web soon) who flew in from Pakistan this week.  Please introduce yourself to him and make his stay at Dulwich memorable.Saturday sees the start of the Men’s league season in both the Surrey Championship (1sts at home v Old Emanuel, 2nds at Malden Wanderers, 3rds at DSG v Spencer and 4ths at Spencer) and the Kent Regional League (5ths at Roebucks and 6ths at DSG v Blackheath).  Even the new 7ths may start next week.On Sunday we have a strong team in the first round of the national KO at Beddington, the 2nds at DSG Dulwich Kingstone, the Development XI v South Bank at DSG and the Ladies playing at home in their 2nd league match against Margate.We also have Colts matches U15 at Banstead (Sunday morning), U13s at Tadworth (Sunday morning), U11 pairs H v SR & Kenley(Sunday morning)  U10s v Purley at DSG (Saturday) and the U9s at DSG v Alleyn & Honor Oak (Monday evening).Then finally the 1st round of the 20/20 competition at Alleyn and Honor Oak.  176 people representing Dulwich CC and the colts coaching programme enters its second week.

Wonderful weather and lots of cricket

Thursday, 5 May: Last weekend saw cricketers all over Dulwich dust off old gear and unwrap new.  The colts coaching programme started and numbers in all age groups were higher than originally expected.  The Royal Wedding and Bank Holidays fuelling the need to play cricket rather than distracting.

The 1s and 2s both played our local rivals Alleyn & Honor Oak for two wins.  In the 1sts we bowled them out for 152 (James Soulsby 3 for and Anil Mahey 4 for). Anil as captain can bring himself on when the batting looks weakest to snaffle a few, perhaps All-Rounder is an appropriate term.  With runs from Richard Farrow and James Soulsby we won by 5 wkts.

Across the trees the 2nds batted first and good runs from Gareth Cornick and Oliver Steward helped us to 210 for 6.  The medium pace of Tom Peacock and Stephen Hale proved effective in a good win.

The 3rds lost v Finchley and the scores “177-5 innings closed (Abu Arabi 68*, James Chudley 50*)” tell us all we need to know – an early collapse, recovery but in the end not enough.  The 4ths let St Clements score an impressive 261 off 40.  Good runs from Tarun Mahey(46) but 4 run outs as we were 100 short.  The 5ths had a winning draw against St James with new boys Matt Ball, Tom Bale and Muhammad Junaid all starting their Dulwich career well.

The ladies lost their first league game as Bells Yew Green scored 238 from 35 and we replied with 138-3. Sam Hulcoop top scored – a career best of 65.  They had 2 very good county batsman that made the difference.

The Academy had a friendly against  Long Ditton with experienced Mark Kelly and youngster Zobeh Mohammad bowling well. After more runs from the machine Farrow, Sunil Mahey – with a broken finger – and a Man of the Match performance from Rory Balfour , we won a really close game.

The Sunday 2s won scoring a massive 317 for 4 (Levi Olver 113no and Amer Saeed 89 in good form).  Tom Coward took a few wickets as we bowled Goldsmiths out for 126.  The Development Side beat Spencer by 44 runs with a Louis Hyde 50 and 5 wkts for Dan Edwards.

In Colts games, the U15s lost to Purley-  a 4th wicket stand couldn’t be broken after 30s by Joshua Robinson and Ben Henderson.  The U10As have played 2 games beating Banstead in a close game and then a slightly easier victory against Old Whitgiftians (cameo innings from Reuben Duncan and Louis Finegan helping).

The U10Bs attended the Esher Festival on Monday 2 May and performed very creditably.  The boys acquitted themselves very well and were very competitive, winning one group match (against Chertsey) and losing two but by very small margins against teams that had obviously played together for a long time (Esher and Ashtead).  Both U13s also played but I’m sorry I do not have results yet.

- Tim Brown