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.