Overseas player arrives and league games start
|Thursday, 5 May: Another big week at Dulwich. Firstly welcome to our new overseas player Majeed Jehangir (look out for his profile which will be on the web soon) who flew in from Pakistan this week. Please introduce yourself to him and make his stay at Dulwich memorable.Saturday sees the start of the Men’s league season in both the Surrey Championship (1sts at home v Old Emanuel, 2nds at Malden Wanderers, 3rds at DSG v Spencer and 4ths at Spencer) and the Kent Regional League (5ths at Roebucks and 6ths at DSG v Blackheath). Even the new 7ths may start next week.On Sunday we have a strong team in the first round of the national KO at Beddington, the 2nds at DSG Dulwich Kingstone, the Development XI v South Bank at DSG and the Ladies playing at home in their 2nd league match against Margate.We also have Colts matches U15 at Banstead (Sunday morning), U13s at Tadworth (Sunday morning), U11 pairs H v SR & Kenley(Sunday morning) U10s v Purley at DSG (Saturday) and the U9s at DSG v Alleyn & Honor Oak (Monday evening).Then finally the 1st round of the 20/20 competition at Alleyn and Honor Oak. 176 people representing Dulwich CC and the colts coaching programme enters its second week.|
Wonderful weather and lots of cricket
Thursday, 5 May: Last weekend saw cricketers all over Dulwich dust off old gear and unwrap new. The colts coaching programme started and numbers in all age groups were higher than originally expected. The Royal Wedding and Bank Holidays fuelling the need to play cricket rather than distracting.
The 1s and 2s both played our local rivals Alleyn & Honor Oak for two wins. In the 1sts we bowled them out for 152 (James Soulsby 3 for and Anil Mahey 4 for). Anil as captain can bring himself on when the batting looks weakest to snaffle a few, perhaps All-Rounder is an appropriate term. With runs from Richard Farrow and James Soulsby we won by 5 wkts.
Across the trees the 2nds batted first and good runs from Gareth Cornick and Oliver Steward helped us to 210 for 6. The medium pace of Tom Peacock and Stephen Hale proved effective in a good win.
The 3rds lost v Finchley and the scores “177-5 innings closed (Abu Arabi 68*, James Chudley 50*)” tell us all we need to know – an early collapse, recovery but in the end not enough. The 4ths let St Clements score an impressive 261 off 40. Good runs from Tarun Mahey(46) but 4 run outs as we were 100 short. The 5ths had a winning draw against St James with new boys Matt Ball, Tom Bale and Muhammad Junaid all starting their Dulwich career well.
The ladies lost their first league game as Bells Yew Green scored 238 from 35 and we replied with 138-3. Sam Hulcoop top scored – a career best of 65. They had 2 very good county batsman that made the difference.
The Academy had a friendly against Long Ditton with experienced Mark Kelly and youngster Zobeh Mohammad bowling well. After more runs from the machine Farrow, Sunil Mahey – with a broken finger – and a Man of the Match performance from Rory Balfour , we won a really close game.
The Sunday 2s won scoring a massive 317 for 4 (Levi Olver 113no and Amer Saeed 89 in good form). Tom Coward took a few wickets as we bowled Goldsmiths out for 126. The Development Side beat Spencer by 44 runs with a Louis Hyde 50 and 5 wkts for Dan Edwards.
In Colts games, the U15s lost to Purley- a 4th wicket stand couldn’t be broken after 30s by Joshua Robinson and Ben Henderson. The U10As have played 2 games beating Banstead in a close game and then a slightly easier victory against Old Whitgiftians (cameo innings from Reuben Duncan and Louis Finegan helping).
The U10Bs attended the Esher Festival on Monday 2 May and performed very creditably. The boys acquitted themselves very well and were very competitive, winning one group match (against Chertsey) and losing two but by very small margins against teams that had obviously played together for a long time (Esher and Ashtead). Both U13s also played but I’m sorry I do not have results yet.
- Tim Brown
Dulwich 200-7 (50) beat Old Emanuel 181 (46.3)
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Dulwich opened their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 season with a 17 run victory at home to Old Emanuel.
Dulwich elected to bat first but were immediately on the back foot when both openers fell in the first two overs. By the 10th over a further two wickets had gone with the score on just 35-4.
Richard Farrow and James Soulsby were forced to consolidate and had taken the score to 60 in the 22nd over when Farrow was dismissed for a hard fought 24 from 57 balls. Tom Savill joined Soulsby and gradually accelerated the scoring rate. The stand was worth 76 off 18.4 overs when Savill was dismissed for 37 off 52 balls. At 136-6 in the 40th over new batsman Mark Kelly, who hit an unbeaten 35 off 29 balls, provided an important boost to Dulwich. Soulsby eventually fell in the penultimate over for 57 having held the innings together for 39 overs and helped to ensure that Dulwich amassed a defendable total of 200 for 7.
The Old Emanuel innings mirrored Dulwich’s as both openers were dismissed cheaply in the first two overs. Sunil Patel, with 22 off 23 ballls, pushed the score along but his dismissal with the score on 49 brought a marked reduction in the scoring rate. Mark Kelly and overseas debutant Majeed Jehangir conceded only 7 runs in 9 overs. With pressure building, four Old Emanuel wickets fell for 14 runs as the score crawled to 89 for 7 in the 31st over with Jehangir taking three of the wickets which fell.
With Dulwich seemingly in a winning position they were held up by an enterprising eight wicket partnership of 67. John Opie, with 40 from 37 balls, pushed the score along with good support from Buddy Mason who made 26 off 45 balls. However, Soulsby removed both in successive overs to reduce Old Emanuel to 161-9 in the 43rd over. A further spirited innings of 12 by Harry Cranshaw kept Old Emanuel in the game until a diving catch by Soulsby off his own bowling gave Dulwich the win by 19 runs. Opening bowlers Savill and Chris Lester finished with two wickets apiece. Jehangir had 3-19 from his 8 overs whilst Soulsby finished with 3-14 from 4.3 overs to complete an excellent all round performance.
Next week Dulwich are away to newly promoted Valley End.
With high expectations for a great summer ahead, the 2nd XI’s league season got underway at Malden Wanderers. Despite the balmy April that has left many grounds looking like the 5th day of a Mumbai Test match, a heavy morning shower had the made the toss a good one to lose. Not for the last time this season, Richard called incorrectly and Malden inserted us on a green looking deck.
The decision looked to be a good one as Dulwich were soon reduced to 16 for 2 after a tight spell from Malden’s opening seamers. Gaz Cornick then consolidated well but wickets continued to fall at the other end until Cornick was trapped infront of all three and was out LBW for 69. With 8 overs still to bat, Pettigrew joined skipper Reid at the crease with Dulwich floundering on 159 for 8. A determined and sensible partnership of 57, led by a crucial 36 not out from skipper Reid with his beautiful new bat striking the ball poetically, meant Dulwich were able to set a competitive total of 216 off their alloted 50 overs.
Malden started their chase watchfully and Dulwich’s new ball pair, Bobby and Bridgland, settled on tight and excellent lines, restricting the openers to 38 off the first 18 overs. As the batsmen increased the pace of their chase, this brought chances, and despite Dulwich not being able to take advantage of all of these, Malden were still restricted to only 110 for 2 after 30 overs.
Pettigrew continued where the opening pair had left off by frequently passing the outside edge and forcing nicks that didn’t go to hand, and was unlucky to only claim one wicket. The game turned with the introduction of Gaz Cornick (3 wickets) and Tom Peacock (4 wickets) who both bowled superbly by taking the pace off the ball to run through Malden’s middle order and tail, eventually wrapping up their innings with the score on 193, leaving Dulwich with a winning margin of 23 runs.
Overall it was a satisfying start to the season with all players involved, and importantly it was a match that required the team to muscle down, show application and work hard for the win. There were some great positives – camaraderie and support within the team was high and no bowling extras were given away throughout Malden’s innings – but we’ll be looking for more from the batsmen and sharper fielding over the forthcoming tough fixtures.