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.