Archive | July, 2011

Sun 3rd July – Academy v Sunbury

A new-look Dulwich Academy side performed well as a team to secure victory by 29 runs in their first match in this year’s Surrey Trust League, at home to Sunbury.

Sunbury put their opponents in to bat, but must have soon regretted the decision as skipper Tom Deasy and Brandon Kenlock, aided by an assortment of extras, raced to 61 in the first 10 overs. Hopes of a big score were thwarted by 14 year old Kieran Crichard, who took a wicket in each of his first three overs without conceding a run. Kenlock was first to fall for 13, off 32 balls, followed by Deasy for a well struck 33 off 37, and Sunil Mahey for a single. A quick 20 off 19 balls by Euan Johnson took the score to 95-4 after 19.1 overs. The scoring rate then slowed against accurate bowling, as Qaasim Hussain fell for 14 at 112-5 in the 23rd over, and Tom Barnard for 5 at 129-6 in the 29th. Zakir Rostami was joined by Jamie Hall, and together they added 31 in 9 overs before Rostami fell for 28, scored off 57 balls. Hall and Seamus Betts then added an unbeaten 23 off the last 17 balls to close the innings on 183-7 after their 40 overs, Hall finishing with 21 off 34 balls and Betts 13 off 9. The batsmen’s scores were boosted by the large number of extras, which top scored with 35, including 18 wides!

Sunbury openers James O’Neill and Rauri Crichard found scoring difficult at first against a torrid opening attack by Betts and Rostami, but survived to add 66 for the first wicket in 14.2 overs. O’Neill fell for 22 and Crichard for 29 as Kenlock, Johnson and Zabey Mohammad each took a wicket to reduce them to 84-3 in the 19th over. Dulwich then worked their way through the Sunbury batsmen while their exotically named skipper Rhythm Bedi accumulated steadily at the other end. Kenlock struck twice in the 24th over, having keeper Laurie Nichols brilliantly caught by Mahey at slip, and then bowling his son Matt with the next ball. Bedi’s brother ran himself out to make it 112-6 in the 26th, and Barnard, having kept wicket skilfully during the first half of the innings, now swapped keeping duties with Rostami and took the next 2 wickets with his off-spin. With the required run rate rising steadily Mohammad returned to remove Bedi for 41, off 57 balls, to make it 151-9 after 36.1 overs and remove any faint chance Sunbury had of making the runs. The innings ended with another run out off the first ball of the last over, to dismiss Sunbury for 154 and secure victory by 29 runs. Dulwich were equally generous with their extras, also conceding 35 while beating Sunbury’s wides tally with 25.

The Dulwich bowlers performed well as a unit, with Kenlock recovering well after a shaky start to take 3-39 off his 8 overs, Mohammad taking 2-26 off 8, Barnard 2-19 off 6, and Johnson 1-11 off 3. Betts, Rostami and debutant Alex Vinnicombe all bowled well without taking a wicket. Everyone contributed to a good team performance which should bode well for the future. Next week Dulwich are away to Lingfield.

Sat 25th June – 7th XI v Burgh Heath

The manner in which Dulwich’s side arrived at this match provided a metaphor for their performance, a number hurriedly pulling on their flannels as the umpires inspected the pitch for play, several new players who would have an impact on Dulwich’s game among them.

Put into bat on a slow and wet wicket, Dulwich got off to a slow start. Muhammad Afzal was unable to capitalise on his form away at Bank of England, giving up his leading edge to a tempting delivery and no doubt kicking himself all the way back to the boundary.  But like a Londoner in the Blitz Trevor Griffiths showed his stalwart spirit to deny the Burgh Heath bowlers with a mixture of cuts and deft touches leaving him on 11 before he was given controversially caught behind off Hoy.

Richard Blench’s positive strides down the wicket barely troubled the scorers before the 7th team’s batting discovery Rob Branch set about the Burgh Heath bowling like vagrant at a buffet. However, hungry as he was, he unable to prevent his dismissal on 18 from Smith caught at the hands of Moin Khan. A man the Dulwich team were soon to hear more of.

It may strike the reader as strange to note that skipper Jimmy Gibson – that alleged talisman of the Dulwich 7’s – was dismissed for only 9, caught at deep mid on from the less than threatening bowling of Mears. Such is the fickle game we play.  At this point the Dulwich innings was in crisis. Only 50 runs on the board with several wickets down. Enter Nick Rochford.

After an initial period of scratching and waiting before Gibson holed out, Rochford found a kindred spirit in Dulwich’s new found player Robert Webster. Bringing some of his Manhattan attitude, Webster’s insistence on running added more to Rochford’s score than it did to his own. Their partnership of 28 was a lifeline to Dulwich’s struggling innings before Webster was stumped, his eyes lighting up from a temptingly flighted delivery from Duke for 7.  Indeed such was the bond between these two batsmen their innings ended in exactly the same way, Rochford succumbing stumped to Duke on 31, so ending Dulwich’s innings following a cameo 19 not out from Michael Owen.

With 120 on the board, and in high spirits, Dulwich took the field with Webster taking the first over, and Captain Gibson choosing the bait of David Ward’s mixture of leg spin and slow medium pace at the other end.  Webster’s pace proved a handful for batsmen and fielders, with his first ball tapped tamely to cover and misfielded for four. Meanwhile Ward outthought the Burgh Heath No 2 Wood with a well flighted leg break. The weight of wood’s beard throwing him off balance, missing the ball, and leaving him stumped for 7 by Choney.  Unfortunately Ward’s moment of triumph proved a Pyrrhic victory once Moin Khan returned to the field. Striking his first ball from Ward for an effortless six, Khan set about Dulwich’s bowling with glee.

Ward. Webster. Gibson. Afzal.  Dear reader I must tell you none of these proved enough to meet Khan’s match as he smite Dulwich’s bowling to the four corners of Tattenham before Mike Owen dismissed him bowled for 65 with his quicker ball striking the top of leg stump.  Sadly by this point the game was all but gone. But Webster would have none of this and backed up his cries from the boundary of “one last push” by despatching Khan’s Burgh Heath 1st team colleague Maserd for 3 with an off cutter taking the top of his middle stump.

Only at this point did players familiar to Dulwich in their contests with Burgh Heath in days of yore begin to grace the pitch. Duke’s 5 not out providing a scratchy end to the match, and Alan Swift with respectable figures of eight runs conceded from only two and half overs.  But by this moment Burgh Heath had won this contest by nine wickets, and Dulwich sent packing. They can only reflect on heroics of Khan, the economical bowling of Basil and Smith, and a number of dropped catches from the bowling Webster as they lick their wounds before next year.

Sat 2nd July – 2nd XI v Malden Wanderers

Familiarly Inconsistent Dulwich Blow Chance of Victory

Dulwich lost by seven wickets to Malden Wanderers in another game that swung one way to another that will, again, take this writer most of Monday morning to piece together.

Saturday afternoon started in familiar fashion for Dulwich – warming up from the ankle upwards, hand hockey and captain Richard Reid losing the toss.  Reid’s record now stands at a so-bad-it’s-impressive eight losses out of nine.

So, as is always the winning captain’s want in this format of the game, Dulwich were invited to bat.  And for eight overs it looked a very good toss to lose as Andy Cornick blazed a hasty 25, hitting some sweetly timed shots over the infield, before he was bowled (off the seventh ball of the over) by one that jagged back to end a positive opening stand of 42.  His partner Stephen Hale, who was struck a sharp blow to his elbow first ball, was easing himself into the game, nicely making use of the pacey openers to frequently guide the ball through point.  He and Stuart Ferguson (6) took Dulwich past 50 in the tenth over before Ferguson was trapped LBW.

Vice captain Gareth Cornick joined the action and looked like carrying on his good form from the previous week with a couple of early boundaries.  With Dulwich pushing the score up to 75 in the 17th over, and a sizeable total in construction, Malden opted to change tact and removed all pace from the ball.  Meds bowler Shakeel and spinner Wightwick proved ideal Dog bowlers and immediately made a break through when Cornick (8) took a leaf out of the Richard Reid Guide to Being Catastrophically Unlucky and was snaffled by a wonder catch at first slip off a genuine jaffa.

Given Dulwich’s proclivity for sub-par first innings scores in recent weeks, a degree of circumspect accumulation then ensued; also necessitated by the accurate slow bowling and tight ring field.  Hale looked to find the gaps while new batsman Oliver Steward looked to just find anything approaching the middle of the bat.  Drinks came and went with the innings beginning to crawl and when the fourth wicket fell – Hale bowled off an inside edge for a gritty 49 – Dulwich were teetering at 96 in the 31st over.

Coming in and looking to be positive was now difficult for new batsmen as Dulwich desperately looked to reach at least 200.  Tom Peacock (9) was assertive with his running before being bowled, captain Reid (5), and his Paradox, tried to force the issue but was caught at mid off and Tom Barnard (0), James Bridgland (1) and Graeme Hough (0) weren’t able to contribute.  Steward was eventually the last man out for a grubby 39 as Dulwich lamentably failed to bat to 55 overs, ending up 153 all out in the 50th.

Again, a degree of familiarity was apparent in the way Dulwich’s opening bowlers Bridgland and Nick Pritchard went in search of crucial early wickets.  A mixture of good line and length stuff was mixed with some misdirected four balls, although Pritchard was unlucky not to have the initial breakthrough caught at slip.  Similarly to Dulwich’s innings, Malden progressed to 44 before a wicket finally arrived; Bridgland bounced Dicker who miscued his hook shot to Steward at mid on.  Malden continued to press on and were playing reasonably well at 66-1 in the 14th over.

Dulwich’s usual shift into gear was then facilitated in dramatic fashion by Tom Peacock, who swung the game right around.  Replacing Bridgland, he bowled Barford in his first over and went even better with his next; a fantastic triple wicket maiden – one bowled, one LBW and one caught behind – decimated the Malden middle order.  Four wickets for one run had seen Malden crash to 67/5.

Graeme Hough had replaced Pritchard and was bowling steadily at the other end, with the odd ball occasionally biting and jumping on the worn surface.  He picked up the next wicket, with the score on 73 when Hollingsworth was caught low at gully by Steward.  Wary of not letting the innings drift, Dulwich continued to assert themselves, the slow combination of Peacock and Hough mirroring the effectiveness of Malden’s slower bowlers earlier in the day.  Hough, who finished with 2-16 from 11 economical overs, made another break-through when Mander skied one to Barnard at cover.

At 87-7, and with more than 20 overs remaining, Malden were going to have to bat well to even draw the game.  To back up the good bowling from Peacock and Hough, Dulwich had also been superb in the field; Barnard and Andy Cornick in particular impressing with some diving stops at cover and point.

That was as good as it got, though, for Dulwich.  For the second week running they weren’t able to kill off the opposition when victory was well within their grasp.  Pritchard (0-24), Bridgland (1-49), Barnard (0-18) and Ferguson (0-7) were all tried but were unable to remove Malden’s Gorrod and Richardson, both of whom batted well, and without really offering a chance, to see their team home with plenty of overs to spare.

As with many of the games in recent weeks, Dulwich were good in parts and far below average in others; putting in a more consistent and focused performance will be required in order to beat third place Normandy who visit Burbage Road next week.

Sat 2nd July v Old Colfeians

SATURDAY 2nd July 2011 (click thumbnails for larger images)

Kent Regional League – Division 1B – Metropolitan

Dulwich 5th XI v Old Colfeians

Old Colfeians 151 ao (David Hawes 4-46, Simon Peters 2-0)

Dulwich 153-6 (Obafemi Shokoya 71*, Sourish Mukherjee 47)

Dulwich won by 4 wickets

Sat 2nd July – v Spencer

SATURDAY 02nd July 2011 (click thumbnails for larger images)

Surrey Championship 4th XI – Premier Division

Dulwich 4th XI v Spencer

Dulwich 95 ao

Spencer 98-2

Dulwich lose by 8 wickets