DULWICH 257-7 (50 overs), ESHER 219 (47.4 overs)
An excellent century by Majeed Jehangir set Dulwich up for a 38 run victory in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Esher last Saturday.
Dulwich chose to bat, but lost both openers in the first four overs with the score on 12. Jehangir was then joined by Nick Storey and together they saw off the early movement and then advanced their partnership to 103 off 25.2 overs. Storey fell for 39, off 76 balls, to be replaced by James Balmforth. The pair added 105 in 15 overs for the fourth wicket, taking the score to 220 when Jehangir fell for 125. His innings had taken 130 balls, with the last 75 coming off only 56. Balmforth had given Jehangir as much of the strike as he could while still scoring at a decent rate himself, and went on to reach 38 off 48 balls before being fifth out at 240 after 47 overs. Two more wickets fell as 17 runs came off the last three overs to take Dulwich to 257-7 after their 50 overs.
When Esher batted Dulwich got the start they wanted as two wickets for Mark Kelly and one for Chris Lester reduced their opponents to 24-3 in the ninth over. Esher responded with a fourth wicket stand of 121 in 23.4 overs between Sohail Ahmed and Charrun Gill. Sohail’s dismissal for 77, made off only 90 balls, sparked a collapse in which the last seven wickets fell for 74 runs in 15.1 overs. Gill fell for a defiant 41, made off 80 balls, and none of the remaining batsmen could give sufficient support to skipper Derek Lane, who finished on 37 not out off 39 balls. The wickets were shared among the Dulwich bowlers, with Kelly, Lester, Jehangir, Levi Olver and Soulsby finishing with two apiece.
Dulwich’s victory keeps them at the top of Division 2, and they will be hoping to maintain their position this Saturday when they visit Worcester Park.