Archive | May, 2012

Sat 19th May – 7th XI v Kingstonians

KINGSTONIANS 59 lost to DULWICH 60-2 by 8 wickets


For the second successive week Dulwich 7th’s recorded an efficient victory. This time against Kingstonians. This is now equal to the number of victories they recorded in the whole of last season. What made this victory all the more remarkable was the fact that it was gained without the team spending their usual hour-long preparation of physical warm-up exercises, rigorous fielding routines and grooving and throwdown sessions. Skipper Smith eschewed these practices by, instead, dragooning the entire team into a series of IQ and initiative tests based around the age-old problem of how to uncoil a newly purchased boundary string. For the buspass holders in the team, this proved to be a knotty problem and several of them felt a bit ropey by the time the task was completed. (Ed’s note: please can we be spared anymore jokes about being strung out, never the twine shall meet or tempers getting frayed round the edges). In fact, it is quite possible that the game might not have started at all were it not for the intervention of two 7th XI stalwarts from previous campaigns (Clark Osborne and Mike Owen) who used every skill they had learned under the skilled tutelage of Baden Powell and his deputies whilst members of the 21st Camberwell Cub pack in 1983. At length, the rope was laid out around the boundary. The Kingstonian batsmen, however, did little to disturb its pristine condition.

Dulwich’s opening bowlers Saxophonist O’Higgins and Performance Artist Malik found themselves lassooing one wicket after another. Malik, in particular, put a string of wickets together (including that of Fawad – last year’s centurion). Fawad was out for a duck to a good slip catch by Blench. Unfortunately, Blench’s catching skills deserted him later in the innings, but it is the not the job of this reporter to dwell on the odd blemish in what was a pretty efficient win by the team. Rehan Malik, with his brisk fast medium deliveries returned the excellent figures of 5 for 27. Lindsey Morton also returned a very satisfactory 5 overs, 1 maiden, 7 runs conceded for 1 wicket. Smith, in his efforts to bring the Kingstonian innings to a swift and humane end, resorted to the flight and guile of Street Performer and Medical Roleplayer Gibson. Smith was not disappointed. Gibson subjected Kingstonian’s lower order batsmen to a forensic examination with his high quality off-spinners and doosras. In just 8 balls Gibson accounted for the last two wickets. Hulcoop, for the second week running, executing an efficient stumping. Gibson is now blazing a trail as the club’s most successful bowler of 2012, with a bowling average of 1.66667. Even the great S.F. Barnes could not quite match such parsimonious figures. Your correspondent fervently hopes that the selection committee will take note.

Although Solicitor Griffiths and Psycho Branch both succumbed to Kingstonian’s opening bowler Tom (both lbw) early on, Blench and Rochford secured the victory with a series of straight and cover drives, some of which almost reached the new boundary rope.

Sat 19th May – 4th XI v Sunbury

SUNBURY 97 lost to DULWICH 98-2 by 8 wickets


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Sunbury had started the season with 2 wins but unfortunately could only travel to Dulwich with 8 men. having won the toss Dulwich invited Sunbury to have a bat and soon had the visitors in trouble, Prasanna Callaghan taking 3 early wickets. With conditions making batting tricky and the Dulwich bowling finding a consistant line and length the Sunbury batsmen found run scoring tough and at 45-5 it looked like the innings might be heading for a swift conclusion but some patient batting allowed Sunbury to post 97 all out from 41 overs. Callaghan was the pick of the bowlers recording figures of 4-19 from 9.5 overs.

Whilst Dulwich were happy with their performance in the field, a few dropped catches and a missed run out means there is plenty to work on for next week. In reply, Dulwich wasted no time with Raj Tulsiani hitting the first ball back over the bowlers head for 4! Charlie Kemp also got going quickly and was soon hitting boundaries with ease. Raj was so keen to keep the score board ticking he drove a ball straight to mid-on and immediately called for an optimistic 2 much to the amusement of those watching on from the boundary. Raj fell for a swift 35 and Charlie went for 43 as Duwlich neared victory, so it was left to debutant Nick Anderson and Tarun Mahey to finish things off and claim an important 8 wickets victory.


Sat 5th May – 6th XI v Streatham & Marlborough

STREATHAM & MARLBOROUGH 65 lost to DULWICH 66-3 by 7 wickets


The 6th XI got their season off to a winning start with a comfortable seven-wicket victory over local rivals Streatham & Marlborough at an unseasonably cold Turney Road last Saturday.

After the wettest drought in living memory, both teams were pleasantly surprised to find a playable wicket at their disposal.  However, the start was delayed due to drizzle and, with further rain likely, the captains agreed to a reduced match of 80 overs.  On winning the toss, the visitors elected to bat.

Multi-layers of clothing were the order of the day as Dulwich’s brave souls took to the field in temperatures more akin to the winter months and one of their number was even spotted donning thermal gloves in between overs – wimp!

David ‘Foxy’ Hawes and Lyndsay Morton bowled steadily as the S&M opening pair attempted to come to terms with a slow-paced wicket.  With the score on 16, ‘Morty’ made the breakthrough when Moss tickled a catch to veteran gloveman Peter Rochford.  Another wicket followed shortly afterwards when the S&M number three lofted an injudicious pull-shot off Foxy straight into the arms of Rob Branch at mid-on.  S&M’s third-wicket pair then raised the score to 45 with what proved to be the highest stand of the innings before two more wickets fell in quick succession.

Midway through the innings, with the score 47 for 4 off 20 overs, the teams adjourned to the pavilion for an unusual drinks break – hot mugs of tea!!

By now, medium-pacer Matt Craig and off-spinner Tony Ebert had been introduced into the attack and after the break these two quickly polished off the rest of the innings, Matt finishing with 3-15 off 9 overs whilst Tony captured 3-9 from 6.4 overs.

Remarkably, on such a cold day, Dulwich held all their catches (five in total).  There was also the bonus of a direct-hit run out by the youngest player in the side, Laurie Davidson, who performed splendidly at cover-point throughout the innings.  Such a fielding display on day one could be setting a dangerous precedent!!

After a more traditional break for one of Jackie’s fine teas (plus more hot drinks!), Dulwich set about knocking off the runs.  Any thoughts that chasing a meagre 66 would be a simple task were quickly dispelled.  With only 13 runs on the board, messrs Johnson, Rice and Branch were already back in the hutch.

However, once S&M’s impressive opening bowlers were rested, the remainder of the attack failed to produce too many testing deliveries and Laurie Davidson took charge with several fine attacking shots, finding the boundary four times despite the slow outfield.  Trevor Griffiths lent valuable support and together the pair steered Dulwich to victory with Laurie finishing on 36.

Having bowled out the opposition, the 6th XI took five bonus points to finish with a maximum 20 points.  An encouraging start to the season, but no doubt there will be sterner tests to come.

Sat 12th May – 1st XI v Old Whitgiftians

DULWICH 167 (41.4) lost to  OLD WHITGIFTIANS 171-3 (34.3) by 7 wickets


After 3 consecutive Saturdays with no play, including their first league match of the season at home to Valley End, Dulwich finally got onto the pitch in their second Ryman Surrey Championship match, away to Old Whitgiftians. This was the first match they had managed to play since their return to Division 1, but unfortunately they had the worst of the conditions and went down to a 7 wicket defeat.

Dulwich were put into bat on a slow wicket, and lost their first five wickets for only 40 runs in 15 overs, with only their new overseas player James Price, who made 16, reaching double figures. Richard Farrow dug in, adding 38 for the 6th wicket with Gareth Cornick, who made 12, and 33 for the 8th wicket with Chris Lester. Farrow's dismissal for a doughty 37 off 76 balls reduced Dulwich to 111-8 after 31 overs. Lester however had already started to launch a counter-attack, and raced to his 50 off only 30 balls. He was well supported by Levi Olver as they added  52 in 10 overs for the 9th wicket to give some respectability to the Dulwich score. Lester fell for 55 and Olver for 15 as Dulwich were eventually dismissed for 167 after 41.4 overs.

The Old Whits reply was launched by Australian OP Jonathan Morey and 16 year old keeper Matt Stiddard, who added 44 for the 1st wicket in 12.1 overs. Lester and Price took a wicket apiece to reduce them to 54-2, but any hopes of a Dulwich fight-back were thwarted by Ahmad Raza and Murtaza Hussain who added 90 for the 3rd wicket. Hussain fell to Tom Savill for 38, scored at a run a ball, but Raza, with 56 not out, in company with his brother Ali, saw Old Whits through to victory.

Dulwich will be hoping that this early defeat was due to rustiness caused by the lack of play, and will be looking for a better performance next week away to Spencer.

Sun 13th May – Development XI v Beddington

DULWICH 202-0 beat Beddington 89 by 113 runs

An excellent unbroken opening partnership of 202 between Chris Ford and 14-year-old debutant Michael Slade laid the foundations for the Development XI’s second successive victory at a pleasantly sunny Beddington Park on Sunday.  According to Statto, this is the club’s first double-century stand since August 2010.

By all accounts, the square had been under water three days beforehand, but if the home side’s skipper expected any demons in the wicket his decision to bowl first went sadly awry.

Ford carried on where he left off at the tail end of last season with a masterful knock of 127, which included three sixes, whilst young Slade exceeded all expectations on the occasion of his first game in senior cricket with an understandably more watchful, but nevertheless impressive 62.  Both batsmen had a couple of lives, but with Beddington’s fielders unable to cling onto the chances offered, the opening pair marched on, passing one landmark after another, until the third of Ford’s six-hits brought up the 200 in only the 38th over of the innings.  JL promptly declared.  Whether he was satisfied with the total, or couldn’t wait any longer to get stuck into the home side’s splendid tea, we’ll leave our readers to guess!

Despite the whole team’s over-indulgence during a generously lengthy tea interval, Dulwich were soon among the wickets.  Henry Shine, from the Under 15s, removed both openers and David Standley bowled very steadily during an economical opening spell.  Beddington’s fifth wicket pair staged a partial recovery and, as the last twenty overs were called, it appeared that Dulwich would have their work cut out to force a victory.  By now spinners Tony Ebert and Sudhakar Rethinasamy were bowling in harness and when vice-captain Ebert eventually broke the stand, the rest of the innings quickly subsided.  Rethinasamy took 1-9 off 10 overs, but it was Ebert who did most of the damage, picking up three wickets in one particular over and eventually finishing with 5-22, all of his victims being clean-bowled.  Shine returned to claim his third wicket to finish off the innings as the home side were dismissed for 89, leaving the Development XI victors by a margin of 113 runs.

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