Archive | June, 2011

Sat 25th June – 5th XI v Old Wilsonians

The fifth’s narrowly lost a ‘thriller’ away to Old Wilsonians thirds, by 2 wickets.  Their score of 134-9 from the allotted 46 overs looked below-par even on a difficult wicket, and was proved to be so when the Old Wilsonian ‘keeper held his nerve, despite wickets tumbling at the other end, to chase down the target with several overs to spare.

Having been sent in, Dulwich were soon in trouble losing openers Simon Jones (LBW for 11) and David Straker (flicking to midwicket for 6) inside the first 14 overs.  This poor start was compounded when the powerful middle order of Shok and Matt Leng both fell for ducks in successive deliveries to the accurate bowling of Sullivan.  It was left to Mal Persaud (45) and Steve Johns (26) to rebuild the innings as they added 69 for the 5th wicket.   Skipper Tim Brown and the tail managed to add some handy runs at the end of the innings to at least give our bowlers a chance to sneak a win.

Jamie Hall started in the best possible way by bowling Wilsonian opener Chalten for a duck in the first over, but Dulwich could not make more of a breakthrough until more the half the target had been reached at a healthy rate.  Steve Johns removed Fayyaz Ahmed, bowled just after reaching his fifty, and then some tight bowling by Foxey Hawes (1 for 12) and Sparky Peters (2 for 18) shifted the pressure back onto Wilsonians as wickets were chipped away and the inexperience of the opposition apparently exposed.  Three successive batsmen took on Tim Brown’s deceptive spin and were well stumped by the quick hands of gloveman Shok (4 dismissals in total), but his opposite number Tim Phillips stayed cool and saw his team home by 2 wickets.

Ultimately too few runs, with only three batsmen reaching double figures, but nonetheless, an enjoyable game played in excellent spirit.

Sat 25th June – 2nd XI v Reigate Priory

Dulwich (Sort Of) Let Cornick Down

Gareth Cornick’s hero act with the bat proved futile as Dulwich 2nd XI were beaten off the last ball by Reigate Priory in epic and feisty contest.

Some days the effect of the toss on a game is negligible.  On others, the luxury of being able to utilise any challenging conditions wholly to your benefit can, obviously, hugely increase a side’s chances of victory.  And unfortunately, in skipper Richard Reid, Dulwich have officially the league’s worst tosser.  Another incorrect call on Saturday took Reid’s record this season to a catastrophic seven losses out of eight.  But, more importantly, meant Dulwich were inserted on a slightly damp pitch in some very favourable hazy and overcast conditions in which to bowl.

Whilst the pitch was tricky and the bowling good, Dulwich’s top order – not for the first time this season – failed to apply themselves properly.  After a watchful start, Charlie Kemp (1) nicked behind and James Siddle (0) was cleaned up first ball by a pacey yorker.  Stephen Hale (15) dug in for 11 overs, leaving the ball well and hitting a couple of pleasing cut shots, before he was trapped in front and Dulwich were reduced to 16-3.  A repair job of sorts was performed by Gareth Cornick and Oliver Steward (17), who between them battled away for an hour, seeing off the Reigate opening bowlers – both of whom had found movement and exaggerated lift off of the pitch – before Steward inexplicably decided to walk past one from the spinner and was stumped.  Tom Peacock (0) was adjudged LBW the very next ball, and Reid (1) followed suit soon after.

Dulwich were now really floundering at 61-6 in the 27th over.  Fortunately Cornick was batting with real focus and choosing to counter the tricky conditions by playing positively, hitting the ball particularly well through extra cover whenever given the opportunity.  He was the mainstay of two crucial partnerships with the lower order; firstly with Tom Barnard (12), who nurdled and ran well before being bowled by the returning opener, and James Bridgland (15) who, so delighted at finally middling something, attempted to take a single straight to mid off and was comprehensively run out.  These two stands took Dulwich to 136-8, and in the process allowed Cornick to register a brilliant, chanceless 50.  A few more runs were scraped together with Graeme Hough (8) before the innings was concluded when Cornick attempted a sizeable hit and was caught at long off for 72.  Dulwich’s innings had limped and blustered to 152 all out in the 53rd over; the disparity between Cornick’s top score and the other 10 batsmen’s efforts clearly showing what could have been achieved had a few more better applied themselves in the conditions.

As expected, the earlier cloud had blown away over the course of the afternoon and the second innings took place in glorious sunshine.  Irrespective of the biased eyes of this reporter, batting now was obviously a much easier task on the drier pitch with fewer balls deviating both vertically and horizontally.  It was therefore of even greater necessity that Dulwich matched Reigate’s excellent efforts with the ball but – again, not for the first time this season – too many deliveries of poor line and/or length were produced early on and Reigate were able to help themselves to 33 in the first 8 overs before Bridgland removed Mirza, courtesy of an excellent low catch from Barnard at cover.  Despite being somewhat gifted the first wicket, Dulwich were unable to turn any screws and allowed Reigate to proceeded to 74-1 in the 24th over without any due alarm before Hough – bowling in some discomfort due to a dicky shoulder – enticed Loft down the pitch and Reid completed a good stumping.

At the start of the day’s play Reigate were rooted to the bottom of the table, with only a single victory all season, and their lack of winning habit began to show as their batsmen recoiled into a shell.  Bridgland, who manfully bowled 18 overs straight through, was allowed to settle into a good channel outside off stump and Hough’s accurate twirlers were all neatly patted back without troubling the scorers.  Dulwich were able to exploit this self-made pressure by picking up three quick wickets; Ramsden was brilliantly caught by Hale diving at slip off Hough (3-45), off the same bowler Hatton blasted one straight to the safe hands of Barnard at point Bridgland (2-36) took the crucial wicket of opener Smith, who had batted well for 41.

Reigate were teetering at 95-5 in the 35th over, and Dulwich had gained themselves a realistic chance of victory.  Nearing the wall, the gruesomely sweaty Bridgland was replaced by Barnard who added a very tidy bowling performance to his earlier efforts with the bat and in the field. At this point Cornick blotted his day’s copybook slightly by shelling an important catch off Barnard and Reigate’s sixth wicket partnership moved them onto 122 with some lusty hitting before Tame was caught by Steward at midwicket off Peacock (1-21).  Barnard (2-15) then quickly removed Ahmad too.

With five overs to go Reigate required 25 to win, Dulwich three further wickets.  Given the 2nd XI’s penchant for tightly-secured victories, they weren’t writing themselves off.  But Reigate skipper Gale was striking the ball well and the large outfield was proving difficult to defend, despite the best efforts of skipper Reid rotating his fielders between bagging in and bagging out.  Reid’s second good stumping of the day, this time off Barnard, then dragged Dulwich back into the equation, but with Reigate needing only four runs to win off the final two overs anything other than defeat was looking very unlikely.

Tom Barnard then again belied his age by bowling a fantastic maiden to Reigate’s number ten Packham and the pressure ramped up again on the home side.  The final over was entrusted to Peacock, who began well with a dot ball.  Bowling very straight and full, Reigate could only scamper three singles off the next four balls and victory was only sealed when Packham poked the final ball of the day through the encroaching infield for the required single.  Reigate’s Gale finished unbeaten on 26.

A good game, overall, that was demanding of both bowlers and batsmen.  It exemplified all that has been good and fairly average about the 2nd XI this season; lack of big runs from the top order, some early wayward bowling but also an excellent fight back, good bowling when on top and a determination not to be easily beaten.  Two big home games now follow against Malden Wanders and Normandy as Dulwich attempt to get their season back on track.

17th June – Where has the Summer gone?

Where has the summer gone?

(Friday 17th June) Last weekend the skippers were looking at the sky, consulting their rule books and calculating run rates.  This week doesn’t look any better.  In the 1sts we ended up with a winning draw against Ashford.  Battling to 194 for 6 with a return to form for Richard Farrow before he dislocated his finger whilst in the field.  We all wish Richard a speedy recovery.  Matching 49s from Tom Savill and Majeed  as well.  We bowled 32 overs and they were 121 for 4 and short of the required rate.

The 2s came away with an abandoned match Away at Sunbury.  Really struggling to get to 160 all out with a battling 40 from Olly Steward and a 54 partnership with the consistent lower order Jamie Pettigrew.  No wickets in 16 overs so we were probably glad the game was called off.  The 3s had a real arm wrestle against Sunbury and came away with a winning draw.   We were put in and Raj Tulsiani (58) continued his good form as we made 145.  Sunbury were 87 for 8 when the game finished with good spells from Callaghan, Campbell, Gatenby and Jones.  The 4s also picked up a winning draw at Sunbury.  A similar total of 165 for 9 with Matt Ball top scoring with 52.  We managed to get them 5 down in 16 overs but were thwarted by the elements.

The 5s got a good thrashing.  Burgess Park made 258 in their 46 overs and we struggled to 99 for 8.  Only highlight (you wouldn’t expect many with those scores) was 3 wickets on return for Rehan Malik.  The 6s did manage to get the only win of the day against Old Colfs.  We were put in and made 164 for 7 in 40 overs with the first ever 50 at Dulwich for Richard Beeching (reports he was after Faz’s spot in the 1s were over played – mainly by Beechy!).  We then kept them to 138 for 9 in their 40 overs.  4 for Simon Peters and 3 for Joe Hale.

The 7s game was cancelled as the stars were utilised in higher teams and both Sunday matches were rained off!

Colts summary

The Under 8s beat Sutton quite easily making 309 (starting at 200 and we only lost 6 wickets) against Sutton’s 246 to win by 63 runs.  A fine team performance led by Man of Match and wicket keeper Ben Mirchandani.  The under 9s lost to Sutton by 37 runs a major factor being giving away 51 extras in an otherwise good bowling performance Max Swanson the only bowler not to give away any no balls or wides.  We also lost 12 wickets to Suttons 5 – Devan Wasan and Noah Baker being undefeated.  The under 11s lost to Reigate Priory on a damp and dismal day – we made a low score of 75 for 7 against strong Reigate bowling and fielding and despite battling hard we lost with 5 overs to spare.  The under 15s beat Trinity Mid Whitgiftians.

- Tim Brown

Sat 25th June v Old Wilsonians

SATURDAY 25th June 2011 (click thumbnails for larger images)

Kent Regional League – Division 1B – Metropolitan

Dulwich 5th XI @ Old Wilsonians

Dulwich 134-9 (Malcolm Persaud  45, Steve Johns 26)

Old Wilsonians 137-8 (Tim Brown 3-31, Simon Peters 2-16)

Dulwich lost by 2 wickets

Sat 18th June – 2nd XI v Banstead

Tulsiani and Pritchard star in soggy Dulwich draw

Raj Tulsiani’s brutal 50 and Nick Pritchard’s four wickets were the mainstay of a Dulwich 2nd XI winning draw at home to Banstead on Saturday.

Dulwich captain Richard Reid failed at the toss for the sixth time in seven weeks and Dulwich were asked to bat – an expected move by Banstead given the likelihood of a vast amount of rain affecting the day’s play.  And indeed, Dulwich openers Raj Tulsiani and Charlie Kemp hadn’t made it out to the middle before a light sprinkling delayed the start and took 2 overs out of the game.  Tulsiani and Kemp then managed to negotiate 6 overs on a slightly damp, slow deck before a substantially more violent downpour lashed across Burbage Road.  The grim, vaguely Biblical, scene was observed from the bar by the players; talk of alternative Saturday afternoon plans and, importantly, whether tea would still be served was in full flow when the rain suddenly abated after a solid thirty minute immersing.  A further hour was then lost as players turned amateur groundsmen and, bored with simply waiting for the sun to deal with the several sizable lakes now covering the square, botch-handily attempted to make conditions playable by spreading a small forest’s worth of sawdust across most of the outfield.  The umpires, satisfied with the prospect of continuing play on a ground now difficult to differentiate from a particularly swampy Glastonbury – and with continued pained reference to the league handbook -, decided play would resume with the game reduced to 68 overs, of which Dulwich would be able to bat 39.

Upon the resumption, Tulsiani – in form and up from the 4th and 3rd XIs in consecutive weeks and batting with unyielding focus – together with Kemp had a good look at the bowling and spongy pitch and moved their partnership along to 43 before Kemp (16) got one that held and popped and was caught at gully. Tulsiani then decided to open up his expansive range of shots and, whilst not making contact with everything he swung at, smashed his way to a very impressive 50 with some beautifully hit shots, both over the infield and through it.  Propping up the other end, Stuart Ferguson mixed some typically high-elbowed forward defensive shots with the occasional classy pull in front of square and helped himself to 26 before being stumped; Dulwich with a good platform set at 111-2 and 12 overs to go.  Tulsiani unmercifully maintained the momentum, hitting three glorious 4s off the first three balls of a Condie over, before too being stumped for a fantastic 77.  There then followed an eclectic mixture of lower order scrambling, crabbing, questionable running and mid-ranged hitting from Oliver Steward (15), Jamie Pettigrew (7*) and Sri Lanka’s Gareth Cornick (16) which took the score to 165-5 in the 37th over when Reid called the innings in.  Would the extra two overs to bowl at Banstead make all the difference?

A quick tea was taken and Dulwich duly set about trying to take 10 Banstead wickets in the 32 overs remaining.  Choosing to open up with Graeme Hough and Jamie Pettigrew utilising the old ball, a reasonable amount of pressure was applied but only a single wicket snaffled – Pearce chopping one on from Hough (1-18) – in the first 10 overs.  Captain Reid then called for the new ball and brought on James Bridgland and Zakir Rostami into the attack in the hope of blasting a couple of batsmen away.  However, despite Dulwich coach Allen Blackford’s best attempts to gee up the bowlers from the sidelines, nothing really approaching a reasonable area was being found with the ball and, at 81-1 in the 15th over, Banstead had assumed a strong position.

The initiative was regained, however, when Pritchard (4-7) replaced Rostami and succeeded in forcing one through Yeats’ defence to make a crucial breakthrough.  He then took a wicket in each of his next three overs – one the result of an astonishing one-handed diving catch by Pettigrew space cadetting at mid off – and, with the change in fortune also suddenly coaxing the best out of Bridgland at the other end, Banstead were reeling at 87-5 with 12 overs still to go.  The push for victory was on but Elster and Taylor played well in stifling the bid and, despite crowding the bat, some bad chat and the rotation of the Dulwich bowlers, the breakthrough wasn’t forth-coming and Dulwich ran out of overs.  A four point winning draw, however, was a reasonable outcome on a day where we were lucky to get much cricket at all.