Archive | May, 2012

Sat 19th May – 3rd XI v Sunbury

SUNBURY 132 lost to DULWICH 133-2 by 8 wickets


Dulwich 3's set off on a Bear Grylls like expedition to Sunbury in the hope of making it 3 wins out of 3 in an early onslaught for league supremacy.  Seasoned Dulwich stalwart Bobby Iftikhar  showed just how terrible his sense of direction was which led to an unexpected, and unwelcome glimpse of Twickenham on Heinekin Cup Final day. Never again letting Bob-nav on the loose.

Captain Simon Leather has proved himself quite the tosser this year winning 3 out of 3, the result of all three being Dulwich taking to the field.

Iftikhar and Ram 'Jones' Rethinasamy opened the bowling on what seemed a very flat and even wicket.  Iftikhar made an early breakthrough claiming the only wicket of his 10 over spell in the first over with Sunbury's opener Lochesi falling LBW for 0.  Fellow opener, Martin Miles, was dropped soon after by Oliver Steward at second slip off Iftikhar whilst in single figures, he went on to top score for Sunbury with an assured 59, eventually being caught in the ring off Rethinasamy after lofting a miscued shot, this time Steward decided to catch it. Rethinasamy finished with another solid bowling performance and figures of 10-33-2.

Sunbury's middle order were not allowed any breathing space as Jeremy Jones (10-26-1), Tom Peacock (7.3-15-2) and Dulwich's leading wicket taker and golden arm, Joel Garthwaite (6-25-2), strangled their young batting line up with some disciplined bowling. Another confident performance behind the stumps from Richard Reid, especially standing up, allowed Dulwich to set an aggressive field in the middle overs and Dulwich's ground fielding was superb all afternoon. Only 2 dropped catches by the USA's Alex Tyler, 1 sitter from Steward and 1 from specialist slip fielder Simon Leather tarnished what was a dominant fielding display, eventually dismissing Sunbury for 132 from 43.3 overs.

After a heavy tea Dulwich set about knocking off the underpar total, on an excellent track, in as quick a time as possible…it was getting cold and the champions league final was on!  Recently promoted from the 4th XI, Gareth Peers opened the batting with Dulwich weight loss guru Sunil Mahey.  Despite his 4 stone loss over the winter, Mahey still wasn't quite quick enough to turn 2 into 3 and was run out for just 2 runs.  Alex Tyler joined Peers in the middle and from then on the game result never looked in doubt, well after Tyler was dropped on 0 during his first over that is.  The American and Peers set about disposing of some wayward bowling by Sunbury's seamers and after a couple of early LBW scares for Peers the pair quickly took the total to 100-1.  Peers was eventually bowled for 42 but surely staked his claim for a regular place in Dulwich's 3rd XI.  Tyler eventually finished with 61* and despite being sickly, Oliver Steward chipped in with 14*, of which only 6 were off his gloves.

So, 3 wins in 3 for Dulwich's 3rd XI which saw them finish the day 10 points clear at the top of the table. Dulwich's 3rd XI have made a good start to the season but whilst confidence is high, all the players know that standards need to remain high and that they still have more to give, as sterner tests are undoubtedly to follow.

Sat 19th May – 1st XI v Spencer

SPENCER 168 (38)  DULWICH 113 (41.2)


Dulwich got off to a good start in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 clash at Spencer, but were unable to force victory and went down to defeat by 55 runs.

Spencer chose to bat but lost three wickets in the first four overs, with Mark Kelly striking with his 2nd ball and Charlie Leonard taking a wicket in each of his first two overs. Kelly struck again in his 5th over to reduce Spencer to 20-4. Skipper Neil Baker, having survived two chances, launched a counter attack, adding 60 in 10 overs for the 5th wicket with Chris Baumann, who fell to Chris Lester for 22, off 25 balls.  Tom Savill then took two wickets in the next over to reduce Spencer to 83-7 after 20 overs. Hopes of dismissing them cheaply were thwarted as the last three wickets more than doubled the score. Baker was joined by Patrick Turk, and together they added 22 before Savill removed Baker for 45, off 71 balls, with the score on 105. Turk then added 48 for the 9th wicket with young Afghani Asif Mohamadi, who fell to Arun Mahey after scoring 17 off 21 balls, and 15 for the last wicket with Steve Lewis, who was lbw to Kelly for 9 off 12 balls. Spencer were dismissed for 168 off 38 overs, with Turk, who finished his innings batting with a runner, remaining not out with 38 off 61 balls. Savill and Kelly both finished with 3-50. The Spencer score was boosted by 28 extras, including 23 wides.

The Dulwich innings also got off to a poor start, with both openers falling in the first three overs with only 6 runs on the board. South African OP James Price kept the scoreboard moving, but wickets fell steadily at the other end. Kelly, with 11 off 25 balls, helped Price add 29 for the 5th wicket, and Price then added 20 for the 6th wicket with Nick Storey. Price fell for 47, made off 78 balls, with the score on 89 in the 31st over. Storey battled on to 19, off 42 balls, before being 9th out in the 40th over, and the innings ended soon after on 113 to give Spencer victory by 55 runs. Mohamadi finished with 4-16 off 8 overs.

Dulwich will be hoping for a better performance next week at home to Cheam.

Sat 19th May – 5th XI v Old Colfs

DULWICH 167-6 beat OLD COLFEIANS 146 by 21 runs


Finally we get to unpack the whites, dust off the gear and start the season.  After what seemed like many weeks of dodgy weather we were all just happy to get a game on Saturday. 

In recent seasons we have had good close games with Old Colfs and with them having played a game already and having finished above us last year this was likely a tough test.  Skipper Brown lost the toss and in greenish conditions they put us in. 

Mal Persaud and Julian Dean opened but neither looked likely to get a big score against some clever and tight bowling. the ball was moving a round and Julian was done by a beauty of a ball.  Mal went not long after and then Chris Ford and Sam Taylor joined up to begin the recovery.  it was slow going and at drinks although only two down the target of 160 to 180 looked a long way off.  Both batsmen had scares with Sam giving a few chances and Chris surviving a confident appeal for caught behind. 

Sam eventually went in the thirties and Alan Edwards came in to join Chris.  We knew that if those two batted for a while we would be somewhere close to where we needed to be.  Alan made 40 to go with the few runs he'd made for Surrey over 50s in the week and Chris eventually went for a fine 73. 

A few runs added after this to take us to 167 for 6.  A competitive score in conditions that were not easy to score quickly but we were going to have to bowl well to win.

Mangal Nasiri and Luke Howard opened the bowling.  Particularly good to see Luke back after one game in the last three years.  Fair to say his bowling was a bit inconsistent with some really good deliveries mixed in with some short stuff that their opener took kindly too.  With 6 (probably 7) good bowlers in the side it meant a quick change and Rob Webster was brought on when they we 40plus off 6 overs.  Rob has been hiding (I mean hidden) in the 7th team but having wintered well and been available through the warm up games managed to get a chance at this level.  He bowled a good spell and together with Mangal they brought the run rate back.  Rob got the opener early in his spell to get us going and eventually took 3 for 25 .  He reminds me of Andy Mills a solid no nonsense cricketer who will do well at this level.

Jamie Hall replaced Mangal after a really good spell that unluckily not given I'm any reward.  Jamie also bowled well with both of them bowling a perfect line and length for the pitch.  Mangel ended up with 8 overs but no wickets only conceding 27 while Jamie took 3 for 29.  Rob and Jamie kept getting wickets just as the skipper was thinking of a change. 

At the other end we turned to spin as young leg spinner Sudhaker Rethinsamy came on and took a wicket with his first ball.  The batsman obviously wanted to attack immediately but was too aggressive and was bowled to start what is hopefully a long and successful career at Dulwich for Sudhaker.  The whole spell was good to watch and probably deserved more than the single wicket.

Old Colfs had started confidently but they still needed 34 with only three wickets left and although they were ahead of the rate we had pulled the scoring rate back quite a bit.

Tim Brown came on as 6th bowler and the first couple of balls were awful.  Fortunately the third full toss ball was swung high into the air and Jamie Hall took a good catch.  Wickets with successive balls in Tim's next over finished the game off.  A good team win by 21 runs to get the season moving.

Next week is top of the table Orpington at DSG.

Sat 19th May v Sunbury

SATURDAY 19th May 2012 (click thumbnails for larger images)

Surrey Championship 4th XI – Premier Division

Dulwich 4th XI v Sunbury

Sunbury 97-2 (Prasanna Callaghan 4-19)

Dulwich 98-2 (Charlie Kemp 43)

Dulwich won by 8 wickets

Sat 19th May v Kingstonians

SATURDAY 19th May 2012 (click thumbnails for larger images)

Friendly Match  – DSG

Dulwich 7th XI v Kingstonians

Kingstonians 59 (Rehan Malik 5-27)

Dulwich 60-2

Dulwich won by 8 Wickets