Archive | May, 2012

Sat 12th May – 7th XI v Catford & Cyphers

DULWICH 105 beat Catford & Cyphers 63 by 42 runs


It has long been recognised by the intelligentsia and the literati that Cricket has much in common with the game of Chess: the shrewd use of finite resources, the deployment of key pieces at the appropriate moments and the ability to administer the coup de grace in the endgame. Today’s game, at the Rubens Street ground in SE23, was a classic example of the extraordinary similarities between the two games. Gibson, Dulwich’s captain today, has many of the qualities of the American Grand Master: Bobby Fischer. Both are keen cyclists (Ed’s note: what has that got to do with the price of fish?) and both possess a comprehensive understanding of strategy in their respective disciplines. What is even more remarkable is the self-effacing modesty and humility they both display in the milieux in which they move.
Fischer/Gibson having lost the toss, found himself “playing with the black pieces” and was “inserted” by the Catford & C skipper. Fischer/Gibson opened with a classic Morphy/Staunton combination of simultaneously moving two central pawns forward with a view to gaining control of the centre of the board. The combination of a jazz saxophonist and a solicitor as an opening pair (in the shape of O’Higgins and Griffiths) would surely see Dulwich controlling the game within a matter of a few overs. Sadly, this was not to be the case, the Catford skipper assiduously manipulated his knights, bishops and rooks with such effectiveness, on a sluggish and unresponsive pitch and removed Dulwich’s early batting with consummate ease. An element of bathos was introduced when Branch hoicked the ball to the Square leg boundary, only to discover he had, unfortunately, tripped over himself and fallen on his own wicket. Nevertheless, the shot should serve notice on Dulwich’s forthcoming opponents in 2012: Branch is not a batsman to be trifled with! Having played several game-changing, swash- buckling innings last season, great things are expected from this unorthodox but effective willow wielder.
It was left to Storey, coming in at number 6, to play an innings of great responsibility (36) with support from Gibson, Rehan Malik, Lindsay Morton and Sam Hulcoop. David Hawes also batted. Dulwich limped to a total of 101(?) all out. Had this been a chess match, the aficionados would have averred that the teams were level on material at tea and the game would be won by the player who now utilised his pieces with the greatest effectiveness. The “middle game” is where Chess matches are often won or lost.
Fischer/Gibson used the prosaic but persistent medium pace of merchant banker Hawes as his opening gambit, while, at the other end, the fiery Malik attempted to extract some life from a moist pitch. He was not unrewarded: removing the off-stump of the opening bat. Fischer continued to make inroads into Catford’s material, by skilfully moving his Queen (Lindsay Morton) into the attack. With a series of Coneyesque dibbly-dobblies, Morton contrived to take no less than four wickets. Malik dazzlingly ran out the opposing skipper with a direct hit on the stumps, Gibson using flight and guile, lured a greenhorn batsman from his crease and Hulcoop executed an efficient stumping, Aditya Verma bowled the penultimate batsman and it was left to the saxophonist O’Higgins to literally expose Catford’s Achilles heel by striking the number 11 on this part of his anatomy for an unlikely lbw from a full toss. Fischer/Gibson had used no less than seven bowlers, in spells of varying length, in reducing Catford to a total of 63 all out and many spectators went home marvelling at the depth of his tactical acuity and perspicacious cricketing acumen. Dulwich 7th’s start the season with a 100% record! Played 1, Won 1, Lost 0, Drawn 0.

Sat 12th May – 4th XI v Malden

DULWICH 165 beat MALDEN WANDERERS 34 by 131 runs


Match Gallery

The 4s finally made it out for some cricket and started the defence of their league title with a win against a young Malden Wanderers. 21 of the cricketers on display managed a combined 136-19 with the bat as DSG still damp from the recent monsoon season played a little on the slow and low side. Having been invited to bat only 1 Dulwich batsmen really got to grips with the accurate bowling and slow pitch, Gareth Peers scored 73 opening the batting and dominated the early scoring. He shared 49 with Andy Bailey who was bowled round his legs for 7 (Andy later claimed he must have taken the wrong guard!).

At 105-2 off 24 Dulwich looked in good position for a scored of 200 but a collapse left the reigning champions 165 all out. Tea came and went with many pondering their low scores but as Dulwich took the field they were determined that 165 would be enough and it was! After just 6 overs Kamran Munawar and Phil Robinson (3 wickets each) had reduced Malden to 10-6, and they were never able to recover. James Chudley and Rezaul Haque finished it off with Malden all out for 34. 1 played 1 won!

Sat 12th May – 3rd XI v Malden

MALDEN WANDERERS 93 lost to DULWICH 93-7 by 3 wickets


Dulwich 3rd team travelled to Malden Wanderers on Saturday  in the hope of maintaining their winning start to the season. The Earl of Dulwich was there to see the game and here is his report…..

The Earl predicted a high scoring game when he saw the boundary seemed to be touching the inner circle in places. How wrong he was….
Simon Leather won the toss and put a young Malden side in to bat. Richard Linfield making his debut for Dulwich and Ram Rethinasamy opened the bowling and kept things tight. Linfield took the first 3 wickets, including a sensational one handed diving slip catch by the skipper. The tight opening partnership was followed up by Tom Peacock and Jeremy Jones. Both followed up the good start and picked up 2 and 3 wickets respectively. Rethinasamy returned to the attack and picked up a deserved wicket. Joel Garthwaite wrapped things up with the final wicket.
This left Malden with a below par score of 93 who committed the cardinal sin of not completing their overs.
The Malden youngsters who seemed to be a bit distracted with the bat due to Dulwich's boisterous attitude in the field, performed much better with the ball. Dulwich opened the batting with Adam Parkinson (another debutant) and Andrew Cornick. Unfortunately for Parkinson, he went early and was replaced by Alex Tyler. These two got the score to 44 where they both went quickly. This brought Oliver Stewart and specialist slip fielder Leather to the crease.  Unfortunately, Leather's batting was not as good as his slip catching and he went for 2.
At 50 for 4, Malden sniffed an upset and went for the jugular. Unfortunately for Malden, Peacock back from injury and making his debut for the 3's was walking to the wicket. Peacock dropped anchor at one end to sure up the innings (looking every bit the opener who carried his bat in the U15 national final in 1994). Stewart scored freely from the other end until he missed a straight one and had to go. Peacock was joined by Garthwaite who scored a run a ball 5 before being trapped plumb LBW. An apoplectic Garthwaite let his team mates know of his disappointment.
Richard Reid who had been solid with the gloves earlier was next in the firing line. He went for 4 and Dulwich were now 7 down still needing 2 to win. A single and a wide were enough for Dulwich to claim the win. It was not a great batting performance and the Earl feels it will need to be improved for Dulwich to continue their winning start to the season.

Sat 5th May – 3rd XI v Reigate Priory

REIGATE PRIORY 119 lost to DULWICH 121-1 by 9 wickets

Dulwich 3rd XI got their Surrey Premier League season under way on the dankest of Saturdays against defending champions Reigate Priory.
Captain Simon Leather made a promising start to his campaign by winning an important toss. With the pitch and outfield resembling a scale model of the Battle of Ypres terrain – and one or two of the Dulwich contingent having played not entirely unreasonable rain cards the night before – conditions looked ideal for bowling first, getting the job done quickly and disappearing for anywhere with a roof. Or so Dulwich presumed before a glance at the scoreboard after 5 overs showed Reigate Priory had casually skipped to 36 for the loss of no wicket.
It was at this point the fielding side were kindly offered a cloth by the umpires to dry a ball that had picked up a degree moisture on its frequent dribbles through the aqueous outfield to roughly where the boundary rope was submerged. Debutant Ram 'Jones' Rethinasamy used his better grip on the sponge to quickly dispatch the top three batsmen, one of them bowled with a decent one that nipped away.
Pace off the bowl was to prove instrumental in dismissing Reigate for 119. James Chudley and Fitness First's Joel Garthwaite (4-26 from 9 eight-ball overs) rolled their arms over and a combination of the boggy pitch and some unfortunate cross-stroked shots saw several skied chances provided which were all either well caught or comfortably juggled by Leather, Prasanna Callaghan and Garthwaite.  Sam Adcock (2-25) with his leggies and Rethinasamy (4-37) finished off the innings.
A good effort in horrible conditions by Dulwich – though, sodden ball or not, wides second-top scoring with 20 was a little concerning. As were the three contracted cases of trench foot.
Chasing 120 to win in 45 overs, the reply was launched in style by Adcock. The left-hander showed good positive intent and used his feet against both quick and slow bowlers to push Dulwich's innings along at pace. With several nicely-struck 6s, he had raced to 53 out of a total of 83 before miscuing one high to midwicket.
The innings was eventually coaxed past the target by Andy Cornick (40*) and Oliver Steward (7*) with 18 overs to spare, to the delight of their freezing team mates.
With everyone else in the league sensibly deciding this was no day for a game of cricket, Dulwich have given themselves a handy 9 point head start after Round 1.

Sat 12th May v Malden

SATURDAY 12th May 2012 (click thumbnails for larger images)

Surrey Championship 4th XI – Premier Division

Dulwich 4th XI v Malden Wanderers

Dulwich 165 (Gareth Peers 73)

Malden Wanderers 34 (Phil Robinson 3-7, Kamran Munawar 3-8)

Dulwich won by 131 runs