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.