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21 April: Winners, Grinners

21 April)  A good start over the weekend with three wins during the friendlies.Saturday saw the Firsts winning a close game at Old Whitgiftans with 44s from Richard Farrow and Nick Storey and 33 from Ed Matten as we made 176.The returning Mark Kelly bowled 8 overs for just 8 runs and there were good spells from Bobby Iftikhar and Levi Olver as we won a close one by a handful of runs.
The Twos also won the toss, batted first and put on 216. With a Fifty for Andrew Cornick, supported by Zak Rostami and Gareth Cornick. Wycombe house went off like a rocket at 10 an over but good bowling pulled them back.  Wickets from new boys Aamir Siddique (2) and Tom Gatenby (4 for) and then two wickets in a two ball spell from Gareth winning the game by 55 runs before a sizeable crowd. 

On Sunday the North London Muslims replaced the Met Police as the Sundays 1′s opponents. The London Marathon, FA Cup semis and other capital events making leave and cricket a luxury. Another toss won and we made a decent 204 – 9. 90 fine and aggressive runs from Amer Saeed backed by cameos from Dave Robson, Simon Leather and Tom Barnard. Wickets were shared with new player James Finch getting 3. In the end a win by 33 runs. Many thanks to Sam Hulcoop who umpired all day. 

This weekend
This Saturday the 1sts are at Bexley, the 2nds are home v Bexley and the 3rds home v Clapham Old Xaverians at the newly opened SCST, aka Dulwich Sports Ground.On Sunday the 1s game at Chingford is off, whilst the 2nds play Chingford at Burbage Road and the development side is at Old Rutlishians.

29 April: A good week last week, and a big week this

(Friday, 29 April) Last Saturday the 1sts won by 56 runs against a Strong Bexley side. Nick Storey again the pick of the bats with 71 as we made 189 for 9 off 40. A tough day turned tougher as young all rounder Andrew Corbin dislocated his shoulder. Down to 10 men we bowled and fielded well with good spells from all bowlers (4 wits from James Soulsby). Get well Andrew.

The 2s made 180 with Stuart Ferguson (46) the star. We didn’t really bowl or field well and were grateful when thunder and lightning descended on Burbage Road to stop Bexley 2s In their tracks. They were 2 down with about 60 to get.

The 3s won a tight one. Simon May (65) batted well and also showed handy skills with the gloves. We scored 149 and then bowled and fielded as a tight unit to restrict Dulwich Xavorians – another good win.

The Sunday 2s won a thriller against Chingford by one wicket in the last over, captain Begg battling in a last wicket partnership to see us home. 50s from Jay Mahey and James Balmforth setting up the win. The 3s were beaten although they made life difficult for Old Rutlishians.

This weekend

A huge one. Last week of five friendlies for the Saturday teams and 2 Sunday senior games. The Academy start with a friendly at home on Sunday and the Ladies play their first game away at Bells Yew Green.

The Colts start their coaching programme across all age groups and after one cup match in midweek there are games for u15s at h to Purley, both u13 teams and the u10a team.

A big weekend. Play well everyone.

Cheers, Tim Brown

14 April: Season 2011 Welcome

Friendly fixtures
We have a whole set of friendly games for the next two weekends and start League fixtures start for our six senior sides on the 7th May.
Colts The huge Colts operations are also switching from planning to action. I know that the under 10s have already been on the ground in early trials, a large number of fixtures are in place and the final tuning of the coaching plans are being finalised with a keen team of age group parents. An opportunity for all of us to get involved by offers of help, coaching assistance, umpiring or just watching games.
Sunday 1st May: Ladies and the Academy
The Ladies are due to start on the 1st of May and the Academy side are itching to play a strong senior side on the same day.
Read more about the club and the season ahead – Season 2011 Welcome letter.
Tim Brown