Archive | May, 2011

Sat 14th May – 6th XI v Bexley

Dulwich 185-9 beat Bexley 157-9 by 28 runs

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A much changed line up (including the welcome return of Richard Beeching after long-term injury), saw 6 changes from last week’s close defeat to Blackheath and the return of skipper JL to lead the troops against Bexley’s fifths at Waring Park. The predicted weather and the park keeper wanting to lock up at 7pm meant a 40 over aside game was agreed.  John proceeded to lose the toss and Dulwich were inserted on a reasonable looking wicket that proved to be unpredictable. Peter Rice fell early for a blob, but newcomer Matt Ball played a tremendous attacking innings, putting on 70 for the second wicket with Malcolm Persaud until the latter was unluckily adjudged to have been LBW for 25 just as he was accelerating nicely.

Another new player, Julian Dean played aggressively from the start and looked to rotate the strike, only to fall attempting to loft the bowler back over his head. He was quickly followed by Rochy who was undone by some low bounce attempting a pull shot.  Steve Johns and Matt kept things moving, putting on a nice little 40 partnership, before Matt was bowled for 73 trying to guide the ball to third man with 9 overs left. Steve played a couple of nice cut shots and moved on to 27 before some aggressive intent from Beechy and the lower order saw us to a healthy 185-9.

A rather blustery, but satisfying picnic tea was consumed before Matty Craig and Dave O’Higgins (5-1-16-0) took the new ball. Both bowled tidily without managing the breakthrough and the Bexley openers began to look increasingly dangerous. The introduction of Beechy provided the break through, bowling opener James for 32 with the score on 53. Dave ‘Foxy’ Hawes (6-1-27-1) then found some extra bounce to remove Dixon in the next over, with JL taking the looping catch in the slips.

Bexley continued to fall behind the rate as Beechy gave little away and bowled straight through to finish with 10-2-29-1 on his return. Following on from last week’s five wicket haul, expectations were high as Steve was introduced to the attack. After a first over that could generously be described as ‘profound filth’, Steve’s began to find his range – his gentle hand grenades cashing in on Matt (10 -2 26-1) ending a second fifty partnership with the score on 108-3. Rochy stumped the number 4 on the same score with another close stumping call and two catches being floored in the same over.

Several chances came, as the young heart of the opposition couldn’t resist having a go at the flight and guile proffered by Mr Johns. Rochy executed a second stumping to get rid of opposition skipper Griggs, an LBW followed and an excellent couple of catches were taken in the deep by Julian with another by Malcolm at mid-on. Steve helped himself to a successive five-fer, finishing with 6-49 while Bexley finished 28 runs short.

A good response to last week’s disappointment. Next up, Orpington 3rd’s!

Mon 9th May – U9s v EAHO

At Dulwich Sports Ground, Monday 9 May 2011

Dulwich CC team: Noah Baker, James Chapman, Christian Freeman, Felix Gilbert, Isaac Gleave, Conor Moody, Finn Raben-Christensen, Fergus Russell, Charlie Stamp (captain), Max Swanson, Jude Tinkler-Davies (wicketkeeper), Devan Wasan.

 Result:            Dulwich CC U9s won by 123 runs.

 Scores:           Alleyn & Honor Oak U9s 212 – 9, Dulwich CC U9s 335 – 3

Dulwich began the 2011 season in much the same way as they ended the previous one: with a comprehensive victory over neighbours EAHO. Dulwich welcomed back the core of their successful 2010 team, alongside Noah Baker, Finn Raben-Christensen and Fergus Russell who all made their debuts for the club.

Charlie, captaining the side for the first time, won the toss and took first use of the new ball on a green wicket. He was looking to his seam attack to put Dulwich on top and was not disappointed as Max and James each took two wickets in their opening spell, reducing EAHO to 188 after the first four overs. They both finished with excellent figures: Max took two wickets for three runs and James two for four. Isaac, Charlie and Conor sustained the pressure, all bowling economically and chipping in with the odd wicket.

The introduction of the Dulwich spin twins, Christian and Devan, saw further wickets tumble. Christian took a few balls to find his line but then took two wickets; Devan immediately found a good length and loop and was rewarded with a wicket maiden. Noah, Felix, Fergus and Finn then closed out the innings, leaving EAHO on 212-9.

For the first game of the new season, it was a decent bowling and fielding performance. There were some inevitable cobwebs to shake off and some early season nerves, especially for our new players, but once they relaxed into the rhythm of the game there was plenty of potential on display. There was one clear area for improvement: we bowled no less than 30 wides and no-balls, presenting EAHO with 60 gift-wrapped runs and making ‘extras’ comfortably their leading scorer.

 The manager asked Dulwich’s opening pair, Christian and Charlie, to lay a solid foundation for a good score. He got a fair deal more than that as they put the EAHO opening attack to the sword, hitting some elegant cover drives and, from Christian, one huge Viv Richards-style six over midwicket. His lycra-clad father, ten metres beyond the boundary rope, rolled back the years to leap salmon-like and pluck a magnificent one-handed catch out of the Dulwich sky. Only he shelled it. It reminded some spectators of the time Freddie Flintoff smashed a six over long-off at Lord’s, where his dad copped it full on the forehead. But it was a lot less elegant than that.

Anyhow, Christian and Charlie’s excellent opening stand set the scene for what was to come. Only three wickets fell throughout the entire Dulwich innings – a testament to good concentration and shot selection – and James, Fergus, Conor and Max all made double-figure scores. Conor deserves special mention for top-scoring with 18 off 8 balls including four emphatic boundaries.

 This was a very good start to the season: this side’s largest ever margin of victory, our statistician informs me. Well done to all our players for concentrating hard throughout a long match. And particular congratulations to our debutants: we are very glad to have Noah, Fergus and Finn on board and we are a stronger side this season.

 There are tougher challenges ahead – not least Esher later this week – but for now we can take a good deal of satisfaction in a winning start to the season.

 Next match: away to Esher, Friday 13 May.

Sat 30th April – 4th XI v St Clements

The Saturday 4ths had a friendly out in the wilds of Essex at Ilford and Jesse Johnson summed up the mood of the players in parking his car.  “I hope we can get out of here this evening..”

We lost the toss and although skipper Tim Brown would have bowled St Clements decided to bat.  Having played the side the year before we knew that they would be attacking batsmen all the way down the order.  We had a decent side but were maybe just a bowler short and so it proved.

Mangal Nasiri had a fantastic season last year and continued with good form in his first spell.  A knick straight to me second ball caught Mo Afzal out as he was somehow still in the changing room.  Mangal was unlucky not to get a few more wickets in a fine opening spell and Jamie Hall bowled pretty well.  Jason Campbell bowled a few loose balls but took a couple of wickets and for first game of the season bowled pretty well.  Simon Jones bowled a mix of good balls and not so good balls and with skipper brown under pressure also being a bit loose the opposition took advantage.   We even tried the medium pace of Anthony Gaughan.

One batsman who had scored a lot of runs against us last year got a 120 this year as well.  Sometimes riding his luck but always hitting the ball high and handsome he was the main reason they reached 261 for 7 as the 40 overs was up.

David Straker opened and looked in fine form until he was eventually out for 35, Anthony Gaughan struggling to get any timing or consistency.  Jesse was given out LBW by Mangal and like all batsmen thought the decision was dubious.  The Run Outs started however and Julian Dean on debut was run out without facing which was followed by another three during the innings.  Tarun played a typical fine innings although tempted fate once too often as he was out just short of his half century on 46.  Without Tarun it was looking bleak and although Mo Afzal got a few as did Simon Jones, Jamie Hall and Jason Campbell down the order we were always behind the run rate and ended up 64 short.

We did get out of the park however!

Sun 8th May – 2nd XI v Dulwich Kingstone‏

The Sunday twos were weakened by several players being called up for the 1st team cup game and came up against a strong batting side in Dulwich Kingstone. 

The highlight of the day was the presence on the pitch of Dulwich legend and quiet man Stewart Harmer. Stewart had the misfortune to find himself at the bar on a Saturday night when JL and others were chasing players to fulfil our fixtures the next day. His resolve weakened by the location he was in Stewart eventually succumbed to the persuasive tactics. The final tipping point being that Sunday was the first day that the DSG bar was open. The tom-toms started and many from around the club were fascinated to see the rare outing.

Skipper Brown won the toss and decided that we should bat first and make the most of the experienced Harmer. Openers Jay Mahey and Trevor Griffiths did not last long and soon Tarun joined them back in the pavilion. Three down and Stewart was pacing about, padded up and preparing himself for the battle ahead. Two good innings from Imran Afzal and Umar Asif delayed the excitement but did get us back on the road to a defendable total. Eventually the moment came – some fine shots, some mistimed shots, an up and over slips dab, an all run three, a barge into the wicket keeper and many more exciting moments came and went as Stewart ticked up a score of 17 and went ahead of Brown, Blackford and Begg in aggregate runs for the season. Many people were rearranging their diaries and availability as Stewart brought the crowds back to cricket. 

Excitement over we steadily built up the runs with partnerships all the way down the order (Begg, Junaid, Brown all chipping in) as we finished on 195-9 off our 40 overs. Not bad given the 30 for 3 after 10.

We started bowling with confidence but after an early wicket the 2nd partnership took the game out of our reach with a 60 odd and an 80 odd they got the “other Dulwich” into a really strong position. Peter Beck bowled well and Umar Asif showed some pace although was a little down legside. Muhammed Junaid bowled reasonably tightly in the middle of the innings. David Begg is one of the biggest competitors in the club and it was only in a fine spell of bowling – 9 overs, 1 maiden 3 wickets for 17 that any pressure was put upon the opposition. He even managed to get an old rival out bowled with the Doosra! Despite a fine second spell from Umar and a smart catch by S Harmer we were always up against it.

Two very good bats but with our wayward bowling and loose fielding we did not make it hard enough for them as they won by 4 wickets. The Bar was opened.

Sat 7th May – 6th XI v Blackheath

Dulwich 138 all out lost to Blackheath by 3 wickets

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A new era dawned for the ‘new’ 6th team as Dulwich entertained rivals Blackheath for their first game in the Kent Regional League, Division 1C  (does anyone understand the league hierarchy?) at DSG.

Skipper for the day, Matt Craig lost the toss and was promptly put into bat on an even lower, slower wicket than normal, thanks to some unseasonably arid conditions.

Progress was slow and steady against some talented youngsters with a solid foundation being laid for what was hoped would be a competitive score.  Only Alan Edwards seemed to have the measure of the pitch and the bowling, combining solid defence with comprehensive punishment of anything loose.

Wickets fell steadily at the other end and Blackheath made the crucial breakthrough with Alan falling for 51 with the score on 104. The remainder of the batting succumbed disappointingly with a mixture of poor shots and a little bad luck, appropriately ending with an ill-judged single and a run out. The last 6 wickets falling for 34 to 138 all out in 41.2 overs  – this also gave Blackheath an extra 4 overs to reach the rather modest target.

Dulwich retired to the dressing room to formulate a strategy and then scoffed a massively improved tea over last year’s fare.  In reply Dave O’Higgins (1-35 from 11 overs) and Matt Craig kept things tight, with Dave bowling the opener for a duck.  The second wicket proved more troublesome and the captain called upon Steve Johns to eek out a wicket or two with his dubious off-spin (though he may have been expecting his very dibbly dobblies!).  This did however bear fruit as Steve removed the useful looking opener with a return catch off a leading edge for 25.  This was quickly followed up with the well-set number three, lbw for 21 and the number four was soon deceived into scooping to Malcolm Persaud at midwicket.  A fourth followed with a well taken edge to the Tony Ebert in the slips.  The five-wicket haul was completed with a drive to Peter Rice in the covers. Steve finished with 5-43 from his 10 overs.

However, from a position of relative strength, Dulwich struggled thereafter to finish off the tail.  After consolidation, their young number 7 began to take the attack to the bowlers – rather fortuitously surviving two dropped catches and a moment of controversy to make what turned out to be a match winning 56* to go with his 4 cheap wickets. Only Matt (1-30 from 11 overs) could make further inroads with an LBW – but Blackheath cruised home by 3 wickets with plenty of time to spare.

A good effort with an attack perhaps a little light on bowling, but plenty of room for improvement.  Roll on Saturday!