Archive | May, 2012

Sat 26th May – 5th XI v Orpington

ORPINGTON 3rd XI 317-5 beat DULWICH 5th XI 91 by  226 runs

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A disrupted week with regard to selection as all the club's wicket keepers went on holiday together and various drop outs signalled steady phone conversations to get a settled eleven.

We knew we were in for a game against good opposition in Orpington and on a hot day they won the toss and understandably batted first.  We opened with Luke Howard who was in better form than the previous week and Joe Hale but we allowed the opposition to get away.  They were aggressive and with that got a little bit of luck and kept up a rate of between 6 and 7 an over all day.  A first wicket for the club for Paul McGowan and a good spell from Sudhaker were the only real plus points.  Jamie Hall did ok as stand in keeper and Julian Dean took over at drinks to allow Jamie to be added to the bowling attack.

Eventually they ended on 317 for 5 after 45 overs.

Our reply was dependent on one or two of our top 6 making big runs and it just didn't happen.  Jesse Johnson managed to work his way to 34 but no one else really helped as we lost too many wickets to the ultimate wicket taking ball -  the full toss.  Julian (after scoring 15) was a bit unlucky after a vicious lofted drive was tipped off the hands of the bowler and then looping nicely to mid off.  A paltry 91 all out and some work to do if we are to be challenging the better sides in the comp.

Sat 26th May – 1st XI v Cheam

CHEAM 234-9 (50)  lost to DULWICH 238-8 (49.5) by 2 wickets

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A superb unbeaten century by Richard Farrow guided Dulwich to a 2 wicket victory over Cheam, giving them their first win since their return to Division 1 of the Ryman Surrey Championship.

Cheam chose to bat and scored 234-9 off their 50 overs, spearheaded by a belligerent 68 off 54 balls by Paul Cohen. Pick of the bowlers was South African OP James Price, who took 4-19 off his 10 overs. Chris Lester, with 1-31 off his 10 overs, also bowled tightly. The remaining wickets fell to Charlie Leonard and Arun Mahey, who picked up two each.

Farrow opened the innings, putting on 15 for the first wicket with Ed Carlton, who made 6, and 33 for the second with skipper Anil Mahey, who made 16. He was then joined by Price, who scored 59 off 47 balls in a partnership of 99 for the 3rd wicket, before being run out going for an ambitious third run. His dismissal was the first of five which fell for only 19 runs, reducing Dulwich to 166-7. The rot was stopped by keeper James Balmforth, who gave Farrow excellent support as they steadily knocked off the runs. The pair had added 62 for the 8th wicket when Balmforth was bizarrely dismissed Obstructing the Field off the second ball of the last over, having scored 24 off 26 balls. 7 runs were needed off the last 4 balls, but a 4 and 1 to Farrow, punctuated by a wide, levelled the scores, and Leonard calmly struck his first ball for 4 to give his side victory with a ball to spare. Farrow remained undefeated on 105, scored off 154 balls.

This victory lifts Dulwich off the bottom of the table, and they will be looking to carry this improved form into the longer format next week, which they start by entertaining the new bottom club Brook.

Sat 26th May v Cheam

SATURDAY 26th May 2012 (click thumbnails for larger images)

Surrey Championship 1st XI – 1st Division

Dulwich 1st XI v Cheam

Cheam  234-9 (James Price 4-19)

Dulwich 238-8 (Richard Farrow 105*, James Price 59)

Dulwich won by 2 wickets

Sat 26th May – 4th XI v Ashstead

DULWICH 259-4 beat ASHSTEAD 107 by 152 runs

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An explosive Raj Tulsiani century set up a comfortable win for the 4s on a picture perfect afternoon in the shadow of Box Hill. Having been inserted in glorious weather, Tulsiani and Charlie Kemp got Dulwich off to a pacey start, reaching 52-0 from 10 overs. Kemp departed soon after for 21 but progress continued consistently through the middle part of the innings as Tulsiani shared a profitable partnership with Chris Ford (22). After being dropped twice in the 60s and running out debutant Ford, Tulsiani reached an entertaining hundred and continued in the company of Abu Arabi (31*), flaying the Ashtead bowling to all parts before finally succumbing for 154. With a few scampered runs in the last few overs, Dulwich closed on 259-4 from 45 overs.

After tea Dulwich took the field determined to make it 3 wins out of 3. Some hostile bowling from Prassana Callaghan (2-14) and Mangal Nasiri (3-17) saw Ashtead struggle to challenge our total. The opening bowlers were backed up by Phil Robinson (1-15) and Kanak Patel (2-22), with Abu Arabi (2-15) providing a spin option to captain and keeper for the day Simon Bailey.

The final wicket fell with Ashtead on 107, giving Dulwich the win by 152 runs. Happy birthday to Tarun Mahey who had the pleasure of spending his birthday keeping Dulwich top of the league!

Sat 19th May – 2nd XI v Malden

DULWICH 40 lost to MALDEN WANDERERS 41-1 by 9 wickets

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Ok, so let's get this over with. The best thing about writing this match
report is that there is very little to write about before the drone of
wicket after wicket becomes as boring as watching it did!

It was a fairly standard day down at b-bage road, overcast, chilly, bit of
moisture in the air – you get the picture. Late and without even bothering
to warm up, the current league leaders (undefeated in their opening two
games), Malden Wanderers, road in to town like a drunk John Wayne
arrogantly stalking his next outlaw. Seeing this lack lustre appearance,
and knowing that this is the team that stupidly try to fit two cricket
pitches on the same small strip of land and call it a home ground, there 

was a sense of optimism about the Dulwich team – which contained a
refreshing 6 new players from the previous season.

As is customary, Dulwich lost the toss and were in to bat on wet wicket.
Roll on the standard chat of play sensibly, get through the first 15 overs,
keep wickets in hand, play straight, get forward, keep wickets in hand and
have a look at 40 overs to see where we are.

Off we went.

The start was slow but steady enough with Ed Matten playing some beautiful
cover drives straight to the fielders to ensure he remained on zero for a
painfully long period of time and Halloyd attempting to cut some dreadful
wide long hops without success. Then came what can only be described as the
biggest collapse since Wall Street. A procession that would have put Posh
and Becks' wedding to shame. Tight seam bowling started the rot, aided by a
very unfortunate run out at the bowlers end "the worst way to go" (a phrase
which clearly ignores the possibility of the getting bowled off your own
nuts). The spinners then came on and made things worse, with Stuart
Ferguson the only man showing any real fight before even he was done by a
low grubber. However, all of this disappointment was dispelled to the
shadows when the team had to go through the torment of watching Bridgey
constantly kick away a spinner on his way to what would have been a
majestic hundred before being tantalisingly left stranded on 4 not out.
Dulwich second team ALL OUT FOR 40
.

Y.ou know you haven't had a great game when you bat first and not only do
you not get tea between innings but you over hear the umpires using the
phrase "we may as well get it over before tea".

The bowling performance was reasonable enough, the stand out and only
wicket taker being Alex Gledhill who bowled a tight and menacing spell of
left arm spin. However, it was all a touch fruitless as, despite a
worringly tea-delaying slow start, Malden got to their target comfortably,
just one down.

I think in reflecting on situations such as this, Yazz said it best – the
only way is up. Whilst we did have the major disadvantage of missing both
of our opening league games due to weather, the dog played pretty much as it always has and there was far too much sitting on the back foot and
playing across the line. Good news is that the next game should be a
comfortable affair away at Wimbledon, and the weather is set fair. . .