Archive | July, 2011

David Hookes Memorial Shield

Dulwich Cricket Club was delighted to host a very special cricket match last week when the Great Britain Transplant X1 played the Australian Transplant X1 in a one day international cricket game. The match played last week was also timed to coincide with Organ Transplant awareness week.

The limited overs match was played for the David Hookes Memorial Shield which was won by the Great Britain X1. The day was sponsored by Dulwich member, Matt Johnson. Matt manages CAM Specialist Support.

All the players involved in the game have received life changing, and very often life saving, organ transplants that have transformed their lives. The players include some who have endured thrice weekly dialysis and those who have received donated hearts, kidneys, lungs and livers. The “transplant players” have been given the chance to continue playing the sport they love through the generosity of their donors.

The tourists asked to play at Dulwich as David played for Dulwich in 1975 before becoming a State player. He played 23 Test Matches, was Chairman of South Australia and then became manager of the Victorian State Side. David died in tragic circumstances in January 2004 and donated his organs, helping to save or dramatically improve the lives of 10 recipients.

His widow, Robyn, who travelled from Australia was present at the match. She is the Director of the David Hookes Foundation which has the objective of increasing the number of organ donors: increasing the public awareness of the need for organ donors and educating families to support the decision of their loved one to donate organs.

John Soldan, who was the captain of Dulwich in 1976 when “Hookesey” played at Dulwich, was instrumental in arranged the match. John was privileged to receive a special tribute from a tearful Robyn Hookes who presented John with a cricket jumper from David’s last test appearance for Australia. The whole day was very special to all the participants and the host club with even the English weather allowing a full game.

Photos courtesy of Peter Rochford and John Soldan.

Eighties Night

A few photos from the club’s Summer Eighties Night extravaganza…….

Sat 9th July v Normandy

SATURDAY 9th July 2011 (click thumbnails for larger images)

Surrey Championship 2nd XI – Premier Division

Dulwich 2nd XI v Normandy

Dulwich 91 ao

Normandy 93-3

Dulwich lost by 7 wickets

Sat 9th July – 1st XI v Leatherhead

Leatherhead 209-9 declared (52 overs) beat Dulwich 71 all out by 138 runs

Dulwich were thoroughly outplayed in challenging conditions in their Ryman Championship Division Two match at Leatherhead and went down to a 138 run defeat. Dulwich put their opponents in on a damp pitch but failed to get an early breakthrough as Conor Brewer and Mike Nichol put on 54 for the first wicket in 12.4 overs. Mark Kelly having conceded 36 off his first 6.3 overs, then took the first four wickets in eight overs at a cost of only 12 runs. Skipper Matt Joplin with 42 off 65 balls and Joe Peak with 47 off 73 steered their side to a declaration on 209-9 off 52 overs. Kelly had returned to take a fifth wicket to finish with 5-91 off 21 overs whilst Majeed Jehangir took 2-62 and Levi Olver 1-28. Keeper James Balmforth took three catches and Arun Mahey held two good catches in the outfield (plus a third off a no ball).

Leatherhead started with the old ball and got immediate reward when Raj Tulsiani fell in the first over and Jehangir in the sixth over to leave Dulwich on 3-2.  Steve Hale, with 15 and Nick Storey (18) consolidated, adding 33 for the third wicket in just over twelve overs. However the dismissal of both batsmen and skipper, Anil Mahey reduced them to 42-5 after 22 overs. With the pitch crumbling, Dulwich’s only aim was survival. James Soulsby set himself to see out the rest of the innings but wickets fell regularly at the other end with only a cameo innings of 18 off 24 balls by Levi Olver punctuated the gloom. Soulsby survived for seventy five balls for his 5 not out but the last eight wickets fell for only 35 runs in 25 overs as Dulwich were dismissed for 71 in 43.2 overs. Left arm spinner Matthew Roberts bowled unchanged throughout the innings to take 5-21 off 22 overs.

This defeat pushes Dulwich back into second place. Next week they entertain the new leaders Valley End. Anil Mahey and his team mates will be hoping to gain a victory to restore them to the top of the table.

Sat 2nd July – 5th XI v Old Colfeians

The fifths had a good 4 wicket victory over top of the table Old Colfeians, thanks to accurate bowling from Foxey Hawes (4 for 46) and a fine unbeaten innings of 71 from Shok, to record their 3rd win of the season.

Old Colfs were invited to bat first, and made a solid start until Tim Storey (1 for 30) made the initial breakthrough.  Forthright batting saw them reach 105 for 1 from 20 overs.  A big score seemed on the cards, but Dulwich kept their heads up in the field and brought on Foxey Hawes for some of his metronomic medium pace.  He duly delivered, ripping through the middle order.  He was well supported by some steady bowling from Tim Brown (1 for 41) at the other end, and some good fielding from Dulwich, in particular Chris Ford, who took two tricky high catches.  Sparky Peters (2 for 0) was then introduced into the attack, and promptly took the two remaining wickets to close the innings on a below par 151 all out.

Dulwich’s reply started badly, with David Straker falling LBW for a duck.  Next man in Chris Ford didn’t fare much better, caught behind for 1.  At 10-2, but with loads of time left in the game, some solid, sensible batting was required.  Debutant Sourish Mukherjee (47) was joined at the crease by Shok (71 no) and their partnership prospered.  When  the hitherto untroubled Mukherjee was caught behind sweeping, off his gloves, in came Jesse James Johnson (14) who kept the score moving on.  Colfs reintroduced opening bowler Reeves, who immediately removed Johnson, quickly followed by Anthony Gaughan, LBW for a duck – Old Colfs were suddenly back in the game.  Jamie Hall (8) provided some sensible resistance and supported Shok who was now seeing the ball like a football, but with the victory target close, was given out LBW. He alleged to have been struck on the box (Ed’s note – one of the photos seems to show it hitting on the back leg on the knee roll!), which brought a laugh and a cheer from the crowd (mostly the  4s who had finished earlier), followed by a bigger laugh and a cheer when umpire Reardon raised his finger.  However Skipper Brown (2 no) calmly helped Shok complete the victory with 4 wickets intact and 7 overs remaining.

Next week, Roebucks at home.