After starting the league season with two consecutive victories, Reid’s collection of nimble, light-footed and ambitious cricketers were looking to continue their winning run at home against Epsom. Dulwich again fielded a strong XI, this week minus the injured inspirational Bridgland but welcomed to the side James Siddle with his Hollywood looks and semi-ginger beard, and Dulwich CC’s very own sickly child Ollie Steward to bolster the batting line-up.
Under brilliant sunshine, Reid continued his poor form at the toss and Epsom elected to bat first. After some negotiations on bowling ends and fielding positions, Dulwich bowled well to restrict the visitors to 76 for 5 after 28 overs, including a superbly taken run out. Epsom battled well and put on a good partnership, and were eventually all out in the 50th over for 198 on the board. The wickets were shared with Bobby taking 2, MacDonald 2 and Olver 3.
In response, Dulwich kept the runs flowing but after a couple of unlucky decisions and some well-held catches, Epsom had Dulwich on the ropes at 131 for 7 after 39 overs. A fired up Reid was joined by a calm and composed Pettigrew and together the pair batted sensibly to form a partnership to keep Dulwich in with a sniff. Reid eventually fell with the score on 177, and this brought McDonald to the crease. They kept up with the run rate and entered the final over still needing 6 runs with one wicket in hand. Pettigrew was caught at fine leg looking for the winning shot, but the batsmen crossed and this left McDonald to hit the next ball out of the reach of cover for the winning boundary. As the ball hit the rope, the good crowd cheered in support as Dulwich secured a thrilling win by one wicket to maintain their 100% winning start to the season.
After that excitement we’re all looking forward to the already vital trip to Wimbledon this forthcoming Saturday. They also have a 100% record this term, and will be looking to avenge Dulwich’s double over them last season so it promises to be another close finish. This is the start of a run of fixtures against the league’s title contenders so will be a good test for Dulwich’s 2nd XI. If the batsmen can start to fire and impose themselves, and the team remain together on the field we can look forward to more great cricket over these crucial forthcoming weeks.
The game against Catford and Cyphers was a good test for the 5th Team. They had won their first two games and on a lovely day we faced them at Sydenham High School.
We were hampered from the start as the “no umpire” rule was imposed and the Catford captain chose to bowl first. We probably would have chosen to bowl and will be trying to get an umpire in place so we are not impacted throughout the season. If anyone has a contact or friend who would like to be part of a very friendly team then please let Tim Brown know.
We had lost a few batsmen upwards in selection Aled, Tarun and Manish and lost two more in Alan Edwards and Tom Bale to the 4s as late call ups again blighted the week. So with Veryan unavailable we had a very changed batting line up. It showed to start with as David Straker, Jesse Johnson and Simon Jones all departed reasonably early. Mahesh Nair (34) and Sam Taylor with an aggressive and stylish 51 then took the attack back to the opposition. At that stage a total over 200 and closer to 230 looked possible. However as soon as we started thinking that they both fell and apart from a few from Simon Bailey and a few hearty swings of the willow from Peter Black (32) the rest of the line up subsided and we failed to bat our 46 overs. We were 9 overs short which the opposition greedily picked up. 187 on the board and on a wicket that was difficult to score particularly with pace off the ball. We were in with chance.
Mangal Nasiri and Peter Black opened the bowling and although a bit expensive each picked up a wicket. At 2 down,and the score creeping up, both openers tired and the pace off option was chosen with David Hawes (any mention of his similarity with Matt Craig purely coincidental) and Stefan Begg taking up the challenge. David bowled really tightly (7 overs 1 for 15) and the rate was pegged back. Stefan looked much more confident than last week (5 overs none for 17) but was still pushing a number of deliveries down the leg side which were being called as wides. The umpire was tough but he had been consistent for both sides.
At Drinks they were three down and over half way to the target. Tim brought himself on for one of his consistent spells (2 for 24), a couple were over pitched and a good young batsmen dispatched them to the boundary but then a stumping and a good catch from Simon Bailey as two more wickets were winkled out. Mangal was brought back from the other end and the distinctive slope on the square caught him out and a few too many extras were given away. One more wicket to Mangal and a change of ends brought one more just after the new Catford Bat had been dropped off Tim at Deep Cover first ball. Simon Bailey was on as 6th bowler but not able to break through. Mangal ended up with 4 for 48 the most likely wicket taker but also likely to go for a few runs.
Seven down and getting close you have to say Catford batted better than we did and we only got the 8th wicket just before they won. 20 points to them and 12 to us which is probably a fair reflection on the balance of play. We were not outclassed, if we had batted our overs even without the extra runs it would have been very tight. So C&C have 3 wins as do two other sides in the comp and we play one of them Bromley Common at Dulwich Sports Ground next week.
Dulwich 266-7 (50) beat Epsom 212 (42.3)
Dulwich amassed an imposing 266 runs for 7 wickets from their 50 overs in the latest round of their Surrey Championship Division 2 clash at Epsom and followed up by dismissing their opponents for 212 runs to secure a dominant 54 run victory.
Dulwich chose to bat first and got off to steady start, reaching 24 off the first 9 overs before losing Anil Mahey for 11 runs to the bowling of Stan Somerford, who conceded only 20 runs from his allotment of 10 overs. Majeed Jehangir joined Ed Matten and together they took the score to 108 in the 30th over before Matten was run out for 43. Richard Farrow, with 13, helped Jehangir add 33 but his dismissal was quickly followed by that of Stuart Ferguson as Dulwich wobbled at 144-4 in the 38th over. Tom Savill was the next man in and went for his shots from the start – adding 51 with Jehangir in 7 overs. Jehangir fell to Will Moore for 71, off 104 balls, having held the innings together for 35 overs.
Savill was run out for 47 from only 29 balls, but the momentum was maintained by Mark Kelly who contributed a valuable 17 off 8 balls, and Nick Storey, who finished on 32 not out from 17 balls. From 158-4 after 40 overs Dulwich added 108 in the last 10 overs and 37 in the last 2, to finish on 266-7.
Epsom had no trouble keeping up with the run rate at the start of their innings, but lost wickets steadily as pressure built up. Savill had removed both openers by the 7th over but the score had already reached 35. Moore and Tim Johnson added a further 36 in 7 overs before Moore was lbw to Chris Lester for 17. Johnson raced to his 50 off only 55 balls, but wickets continued to fall at the other end, and Johnson’s dismissal, run out for 81 from 75 balls, reduced Epsom to 155-6 in the 30th over.
Tight bowling by Jehangir, with 2-37 off 10 overs, and Arun Mahey, 3-39 off 10, restricted Epsom to 183-9 after 37.2. A bright cameo innings by 17 year old wicket keeper Harry Elbrow dominated a last wicket stand of 29 with Stan Somerford before Savill returned to bowl Elbrow for 29 from just 28 balls. Epsom were finally all out for 212 with 7.3 overs to spare.