(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