Archive | May, 2011

Sat 14th May – 7th XI v Nat West Amblers

7s without credit as the Bank calls the shots 

Nat West Amblers 294-4 (40 overs) beat Dulwich 133 all out

With much anticipation the 7s – formerly and forever known as the 6s despite the recent Great Name Robbery – rolled up against Nat West for their first game of the season in a metaphorical Triumph Stag and bounded out with a spring-like Terry-thomas gait and a cheery wave. Within an hour and a half of the start the 7s were already rolled over and heading for a sound thrashing. ‘I say’, indeed. 
The team was skippered by the brave David Straker, with the regular duo of John Smith and Jimmy Gibson absent. John was on a trip to the Midlands and vice skip Gibbo acting in a medical role-play. Reports that it was prostate s(t)imulation have been vigorously, though not too forcefully, denied by his agent. 

David’s wide-eyed enthusiasm and positivity – generated through many years playing in higher teams – was soon broken by the realities of an early season Dulwich 7th team. The opposition openers, hitherto not known as calypso cricketers, started quickly in the face of indifferent bowling and reached a total of 184 before Pratish Solanki made the breakthrough.

 The bowling was generally patchy with numerous wides, perhaps some overzealously called as if an IPL match, slapping into the gloves of a frequently diving and increasingly exasperated Steve Choney. Perhaps the single-minded careerists Hawes and O’Higgins, called up at the start of the new season for the higher teams (and therefore possibly treading the path of upwardly-mobile former 7s alumni such as Nanda, Osborn and countless others), would have made a difference.  
The bowlers were not helped by some fielding mishaps that should have been accompanied by music that is usually heard at Billy Smart’s Big Top. That said, Nat West’s subsequent mid-order batsmen provided no respite for Dulwich’s toiling bowlers.  The formerly teenaged opposition middle order – once wiry and callow but now young men – greedily devoured the pies and sent the ball to all parts of Beckenham as they fell only just short of the magic 300. 
The situation demanded a response from the 7s top order. 
The response was forthcoming. But it was to wave flags as big and as white as witnessed on any Italian tank. John Cross with his mind on his newborn, a returning Clarky with his thoughts on smashing them out of the ground and Simon ‘Sparky’ Peters dreaming of his fuses and screwdrivers all promised much but failed.  Griffiths, Rochford jnr and others surrendered even more tamely. Notable exceptions were Solanki with bat (and earlier, to some extent, with ball), a late contribution from Ward and the skipper, generous to a tee, batted at 7 and gamely and skilfully amassed an invaluable 37 as Dulwich narrowly avoided an ego-shattering 200 run defeat.
So, one of the 7s worse cricketing days, but hope, and beer, springs eternal and next Saturday sees… wait, who are the visitors at the DSG? Why, it is the Nat West Amblers and the second in The Series. Another weekend, another match…I say!

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

Sat 14th May – 3rd XI v Ashtead

Dark clouds passing over Box Hill with sunny patches thrown in greeted the Dulwich 3rds to Ashtead’s away ground for the second league fixture of 2011– and the mixed weather probably should have been used as an indication of things to come.

Skipper Sleather won the toss and decided to bowl on what looked like a flat but green tinged surface. Despite an early wicket, Ashtead soon settled into their work and were cruising along well and settled into a comfortable 117-2 at drinks. Over sugary squash the plan was to work hard for the remaining 25 overs and snaffle a few wickets to get back into the game. 3 catches (all off the bowling of Graeme ‘Hoffman’) were duly floored and for a brief time frustration set in. Soon though, a steady spell from Zakir Rostami (4-52, including a hat-trick chance)  pegged back Ashtead who teetered at 190-7, before a century-maker, some concentration lapses and the visual impediments of England’s most wooded-county contrived to let the total required slip to 249 from 50 overs.

In reply, Dulwich started solidly, with Steward and Siddle putting on 87 in 17 overs before Siddle (58) fell to a poorly executed pull shot, enabling wicket taker Rostami to arrive at the crease. Before long, Steward had come out of his shell and clawed his way to 70, before falling to one of a couple decent spinners in the opposition attack. Rostami (57 no) continued, and with the help of brief cameos by Miley and Leather, advanced the score to the point where a comfortable run a ball from the last 5 overs would clinch a deserved victory. However, it was not to be, as tight bowling and increasing pressure proved too much for the remainder of the innings, and we ended the game 7 runs short despite having 6 wickets in hand.

 The result was a harsh reminder of the small margins in cricket, and will no doubt be used as a motivational tool for the rest of the season.

Sat 14th May v Bexley

SATURDAY 14th May 2011 (click thumbnails for larger images)

Kent Regional League – Division 1C – South Thames

Dulwich 6th XI at Bexley

Dulwich 185-9 (Matt Ball 73, Steve Johns 27, Malcolm Persaud 25)

Bexley 157-9 (Steve Johns 6-49)

Dulwich won by 28 runs

Sat 14th May – 2nd XI v Ashtead

With expectations for the season reaching feverous levels and with skipper Reid’s rousing Churchillian mid-week message at the forefront of the player’s minds, Dulwich welcomed the visit of newly promoted Ashtead for their first home game of the season.

After losing the toss, Dulwich were invited to bat first on a wicket that looked certain to offer some help for the seamers. This did however provide Dulwich’s strong battery of seam bowlers the chance to recover after Gaz Cornick’s lengthy and bizarre warm-up session, which at one point resembled an ancient martial art ritual rather than eleven men getting ready to bat, bowl, catch and field.

Dulwich struggled against the new ball, losing Hale in the opening over and after 15 overs were struggling on 34 for 4. Tom Peacock and Stuart Ferguson started to consolidate and rebuild the innings watchfully. They showed real application and when Peacock was dismissed for 57 the pair had shared a 142 run partnership. Ferguson went on to complete a superb century in the 50th over to finish 101 not out and Dulwich posted a total of 202 for 8.

Dulwich began well with Bobby removing Ashtead’s opener in the first over and Bridgland continued his fine early season form from the other end, bowling sharply to claim 3 wickets. Wickets continued to fall and despite a frustrating 6th wicket partnership and some moments of fielding straight from The Benny Hill School of Fielding, Cornick, Pettigrew and Peacock shared the wickets as Dulwich wrapped up Ashtead’s innings for 111 to win by 91 runs.

It was a great all round performance and a very satisfying win for Dulwich to make it two wins out of two. There is a solid backbone and character to the team and confidence is high, but if we’re to remain in contention for honours we need to iron out a few creases and make sure we take the chances offered.

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