Archive | August, 2011

Sun 7th Aug – Academy v Burgess Park

The Dulwich Academy side completed their Surrey Trust League season with a 16 run win in a rain affected match at Burgess Park.

The hosts chose to field first, and the match started in steady drizzle. Sunil Mahey fell to the first legitimate ball of the match, but Nick Storey and Euan Johnson had taken the score to 25-1 after 5.2 overs when heavy rain drove the players from the field. Over 90 minutes play was lost, and the match was reduced from 40 overs to 27 overs a side as a result. On the resumption the score advanced to 48-1 after 10.1 overs when rain again interrupted play. A further 45 minutes were lost, reducing the match to 20 overs a side.

With only 9.5 overs left to post a competitive score greater urgency was required. Johnson led the way, dominating the scoring (and the strike) until falling for 39 with the score on 75 after 14.2 overs. Storey then took command, adding 43 in 3.4 overs with skipper Tom Deasy, who made 15, and 23 in 2 overs with Tarun Mahey, who scored 9 not out. Storey finished on 56 not out, made off only 44 balls. Dulwich closed on 141-3 off their 20 overs, with 60 runs having come off the last 5 overs.

In reply, Burgess Park were kept in check by Seamus Betts and Zabeh Mohammad, who restricted them to 31-1 off the first 6 overs, the wicket falling to a run out. Monjural Alam then accelerated the scoring, adding 35 for the second wicket with Saiful Islam, who was bowled by Johnson for 14, and 40 for the third wicket with skipper Andre Charles. Alam’s dismissal, run out for 49, made it 92-3 after 13.4 overs. With 50 needed in 6.2 overs the batting side were still in with a chance, but three good overs by Zakir Rostami, supported by an over apiece by Mohammad, Johnson and Betts, restricted them to 125-5 after their 20 overs. Johnson completed a fine all round performance by taking a second wicket, dismissing Charles for 20, while the fifth wicket fell to Rostami. In contrast to the Dulwich innings, only 22 runs had come off the last 5 overs of the Burgess Park innings.

Dulwich’s victory prevented their opponents from progressing to the play-offs, but unfortunately they fell one point short of doing so themselves. Nonetheless a young side should take heart from this victory and hope that it stands them in good stead for next season.

Sat 6th Aug – 1st XI v Walton-on-Thames

Dulwich 134-3 beat Walton on Thames 133 all out by seven wickets

Dulwich dismissed their opponents and cruised to a seven wicket victory in their Ryman Championship Division Two fixture at Walton on Thames.

An unexpected injury to skipper Anil Mahey led to Majid Jehangir leading the Dulwich team for the first time and he lost his first toss of the coin. The home side chose to bat first but were immediately pushed on to the back foot as Mark Kelly and Chris Lester both took a wicket in their first over. They followed up with another wicket apiece to reduce Walton to 9-4 after seven overs. Another wicket each made it 29-6 off seventeen overs. Kelly bowled his ten overs straight through to take 3-10 while Lester came off after eight overs with figures of 3-17.

Local school teacher, Levi Olver took the seventh wicket to leave Walton 42-7 at the halfway stage. Tom Urry lead a Walton recovery making 46 off 101 balls sharing stands of 36 for the eight wicket with home skipper John Fosbraey ( making 20 off 43 balls) and 54 for the last wicket with Jimmy Newell (17 not out off 40 balls). Urry was run out off the last ball having taken Walton to 133.

Olver dismissed Forbraey to finish with 2-20 off his ten overs while Arun Mahey also got a wicket taking 1-24 off seven overs. Mahey also took the run out off the last ball whilst seventeen year old Euan Johnson was outstanding in the field saving runs and boundaries and taking two excellent catches.

After tea, the Walton opening pair made good use of the conditions as Tom Deasy and Stuart Ferguson set themselves to avoid a similar collapse. The first six overs were all maidens but the batsmen then took advantage of some looser overs to add momentum taking their partnership to 62 off eighteen overs. University student Deacy’s dismissal for 36 off 55 balls was soon followed by Ferguson for 26 off 74 balls. Nick Storey fell for seven at 87-3 just after the halfway stage. However keeper James Balmforth joined his skipper Majeed Jehangir and together they knocked off the remaining runs in just seven overs. Jehangir made 36 off 45 balls whilst Balmforth rattled 19 off 18 balls – the only batsman in the match to score at more than a run a ball.

Dulwich’s victory keeps them in second place and they will be hoping for a similar result when they entertain Esher at home.

Sun 31st July – Academy v Beddington

A disappointing all-round performance saw the Dulwich Academy side crumble to a ten wicket defeat in their Surrey Trust League game at Beddington.

Dulwich were put in to bat, but lost two wickets in the first four overs with only 7 runs on the board. Sunil Mahey gritted it out for a hard fought 12 off 64 balls, but most of the other early batsmen got out to loose shots as Dulwich struggled to 53-5 after 22.3 overs.

Tarun Mahey then went on the attack, scoring 29 off 28 balls and sharing a 6th wicket partnership of 39 in 10.5 overs with debutant Aidan Fleet, who showed the necessary application in batting 50 balls for his 12. Fleet’s dismissal was the first of four wickets to fall for 21 in five overs, and it took a swift 9 not out off 7 balls by Seamus Betts to raise the total to 119-9 after 40 overs. 26 of those runs had been scored as extras, including 19 wides.

Fears that this would not be enough were soon realised as a succession of wides and no balls saw 25 on the board after 7 overs, with only two of those runs coming off the bat. Four chances went down as the openers cruised to their target in 26.4 overs, with Sonny Zaman making 36 off 88 balls, and skipper Antony Down 48 off 76 balls. The total was boosted by 38 extras, 25 of which were wides.

The team conclude the league section of the season on Sunday at Burgess Park and hope to end this part of the competition with a positive result.

Sun 24th July – Academy XI v Ripley

After having three of their first four matches in the Surrey Trust League cancelled, the Dulwich Academy side finally got onto the field again at Ripley. However a disappointing batting display saw them dismissed for 73, and despite a late fightback they went down to defeat by 6 wickets.

Dulwich chose to bat but got off to a disastrous start when two wickets fell in the first 8 balls. Euan Johnson dug in, taking 33 balls to get off the mark, while three more wickets fell at the other end to reduce Dulwich to 13-5 after 10.4 overs. Johnson’s dismissal, for 12 off 48 balls, was quickly followed by Tom Barnard to make it 28-7 after 16.5 overs. Jamie Hall also dug in, with an uncharacteristic 3 off 35 balls before falling in the 24th over to make it 41-8. Zabeh Mohammad counter-attacked with a spirited 27 off 45 balls, adding 26 in 8 overs for the 9th wicket with Kieran Reeves, who sensibly blocked one end while his partner went for the runs at the other. Reeves still hadn’t scored when Mohammad was out with the score on 67, but then monopolised the strike before being last man out for 6 (the third highest score of the innings!) with the total on 73 after 33.2 overs.

Hopes of an early breakthrough were dashed when the openers added 31 for the first wicket before Paddy Haddow was bowled by Johnson off the last ball of the 6th over. The score had advanced to 46 after 8 overs, with Johnson and Mohammad each conceding 23 of them, before the first bowling change brought Reeves into the attack. He struck twice in his first 3 overs, at a cost of only one run, to reduce Ripley to 56-3 after 12.1 overs. Conrad Clarke also joined the attack and removed opener Justin Langen, who had dominated the scoring (and the strike) with 36 off 51 balls. Ripley were now 61-4 after 13.1 overs, but Dulwich were unable to effect a further breakthrough and the hosts eased to their target, the winning runs coming off the last ball of the 18th over. Reeves completed his excellent spell with 2-5 off 5 overs.

Dulwich were left to reflect that a little more application by the batsmen might have produced a more competitive score. Next week they will be hoping for a better performance when they visit Beddington.

Sat 30th July – 1st XI v Epsom

Dulwich 219-8 declared (50 overs) beat Epsom 179 all out by 40 runs

Dulwich returned to their winning ways in their Ryman Championship Division Two fixture with a forty run victory over bottom placed Epsom.

Epsom put Dulwich into bat but failed to take their chances as the openers prospered. Cambridge student Tom Deasy and skipper Anil Mahey put on for the first wicket in thirty overs. Deasy was first to go for 65 off 98 balls followed by both Mahey brothers. Anil made 55 of 97 balls and Arun quickly departed. Nick Storey joined the experienced Majid Jehangir at 130 for three wickets and gave him solid support AS Jehangir raced to fifty off 44 balls. The pair added 64 for the fourth wicket before Storey was run out for 12. The dismissal sparked a collapse in which Dulwich lost a wicket in which Dulwich lost a wicket in each of five successive overs as the score declined from 194-3 to 219-8. Jehangir was fifth out for 57 off only 50 balls and scored out of 75 runs while he was at the wicket. Seeking an early declaration, Dulwich declared in the fiftieth over on 219-8 with James Soulsby not out on 13 off ten balls.

Epsom’s overseas player Pubi Chandrasekera dominated the reply as he scored 26 out of an opening partnership of 37 in 9.3 overs with Ben Hudson who lbw to Chris Lester for 5 runs. Solly Shah joined Chandrasekera in a stand of 46 for the second wicket before Arun Mahey dismissed both batsmen – Chandrasekera for 48 off 64 balls and Shah for 26 – in a spell of 2-33 in seven overs. Jehangir and Levi Olver then worked their way through the rest of the Epsom batting order aided by two run outs. Only Phil Edwards with 20 and Will Moore with 44 not out reached double figures.

Dulwich’s Jehangir finished with 3-61 off 16 overs and Olver 2-18 in six overs  as Epsom were dismissed for 179 with just less than five overs to spare. Dulwich’s victory keeps them in second place. Next week the league reverts to the fifty over a side format as Dulwich visit Walton on Thames.