Archive | June, 2012

Sat 23rd June – 4th XI v S&M CC

STREATHAM & MARLBOROUGH 100 lost to DULWICH 103-1 by 9 wickets


Dulwich 4th XI travelled the short distance down Lordship Lane to Streatham and Marlborough – for a local derby. Following an 8 wicket win against Cheam the previous week, the 4s went one better with a 9 wicket win in this game. (Quick highlights from the previous week versus Cheam:- Prasanna Callaghan – 5 for 26. He could have had more if it wasn't for the No Balls

- All (well most) Dulwich batsmen taking a liking to the score of 18

- An amusing runout where Andy Bailey was outrun by Charlie Kemp

- Blowy conditions

- All in all, a good solid strong performance with few negatives)

So, onto S&M. A few changes in team makeup from the Cheam game. Paul Wilson in for Phil Robinson, Mangal in for KP, Tarun in for Jamie Hall. No sign of the regular keeper Andy Bailey either. Not busy revising for his GCSEs or grounded, he'd been promoted to the 3s. Fortunately, the multi-talented Bailey senior was able to step in and keep wicket.

Skipper Bailey tossed correctly again and put S&M into bat. Excellent work from Paul 'Bres' Wilson and Mangal as the opening bowling partnership. S&M plodded along at less than 2 an over pretty much up til drinks – Mangal and Bres both picking up a wicket. Change bowlers James Chudley and Rez Haque continued the good work. Perhaps without the same menace as the openers, they made up for with guile and were rewarded with 2 wickets each. Rez Haque recorded figures of 2 wickets for 1 run (3 overs).

Skipper Bailey punished him for conceding that 1 run, removing him from the attack. Bres returned, bringing back some fire to frighten the lower order of S&M. Beggsy was also introduced and continued his fight against the elements (after bowling into a Force 10 gale the previous week), his overs were interrupted twice with rain – one spell just being 1 ball. Beggsy the professional that he is, didn't let that bother him and picked up a beauty – a fizzing spinner clipping the top of off stump. However, bowling honours go to to Bres for a superb Herculean effort – 15.3 overs and 4 for 41. A five-for went begging as a result of some dodgy slip catching. Bres also wins the award for broadest shoulders in the team, Manish coming in a not very close 2nd. S&M all out for 100.

Early tea – S&M put on a good spread. Controversially, no sandwiches though! Charlie Kemp taught the rest of the team that sarnies could be made from the provided buttered bread and sausages, constructing himself an excellent sausage sandwich. Others followed: ham sandwiches and chip butties were also attempted.

With a 101 target, the Dulwich batsmen were confident without being complacent. S&M decided to open with spin from both ends. The Dulwich opening pair Charlie and Manish strode out; Charlie wasted no time with a four off the first ball. Both batsmen looked comfortable, scoring boundaries and rotating the strike. Manish departed on 12, failing to move his feet, he was bowled by the promising young legspinner – which brought Abu to the crease. 

The spin not being overly threatening, was replaced by seam after 6 or so overs. S&M's number 11 lacked direction starting with 3 wides, but made up for it with pace. Coming round the wicket, he found his line – but was unable to get through the defences of Charlie and Abu. The pair saw Dulwich home, Abu batting sensibly, determined not to give his wicket away; Charlie was rock of the innings with 67* – a classical half century (fuelled largely by that sausage sandwich).

The top 3 did the job – Tarun and Beechey had a quiet day at 4 and 5 – their services not required. With Sunbury losing this week, Dulwich 4th XI now top the division. Onwards and upwards!

Quote of the day: James Chudley "I have the longest eyebrow". I can't quite remember the context, so that's probably not very funny!

Stretch of the day: Beggsy for his bum stretch.

Sat 23rd Jun – 1st XI v East Molesey


EAST MOLESEY 181 (63.5) beat DULWICH 178 (59.3) by 3 runs


In a nail-biting finish the last wicket pair just failed to secure victory for Dulwich, who went down by 3 runs in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 clash at home to East Molesey.

Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, and Tom Savill struck in the third over, thanks to a brilliant one handed slip catch by James Price. Mark Kelly put in a typically parsimonious spell, conceding only 26 runs from 12 overs, but once again was unlucky not to take a wicket.  OP Henry Nicholls went on the attack, dominating a second wicket stand of 43 in 11.3 overs, but the advent of Price into the attack brought a second wicket, with Savill returning the favour by taking a slip catch off his bowling. Nicholls and Simon Barrett then added 46 in 12.2 overs before both fell with the score on 98, Barrett being bowled by Chris Lester for 27 and Nicholls caught and bowled by Arun Mahey for 53. Lester picked up a second wicket to send Molesey into lunch at 110-5 after 33 overs. After lunch spin twins Mahey and Levi Olver imposed a stranglehold, bowling in tandem for the rest of the innings while conceding only 71 runs off 30.5 overs. The sixth wicket went down on 136, and three wickets fell with the score on 164. A spirited last wicket stand took the score to 181 after 63.5 overs. Mahey finished with 4-40 off 18.5 overs, while Olver took 2-37 off 16. Remarkably the innings contained only one extra (a wide).

Dulwich were left with 62 overs to get the runs, but their reply got off to a bad start when Ed Carlton was out in the first over. Skipper Anil Mahey fell for 11 off 21 balls, but Price joined opener Richard Farrow and together they took the score to 63 before Farrow fell for 33, off 46 balls. Price, who scored 23 off 53 balls, and Simon May both fell with the score on 70 and Dulwich went in to tea at 82-5 after 25 overs. Savill and Lester took their sixth wicket stand to 38 off 11.2 overs, but the dismissals of Savill, for 23 off 40 balls, including 2 sixes, and Lester, for a dogged 10 off 46 balls, reduced them to 117-7 after 37 overs. Once again Dulwich found themselves in the familiar position of needing more than 60 runs with 7 wickets down, and once again it was keeper James Balmforth who played a crucial role in the recovery, adding 27 in 8.2 overs with Kelly. The latter's dismissal for 11 was quickly followed by Olver for 2, the ninth wicket falling with the score on 150 and 32 runs still needed. Balmforth was joined by Arun Mahey, and their last wicket stand advanced the score steadily, and mostly in singles, until Mahey's dismissal for 16 (off 43 balls) brought the innings to a close with 4 runs still needed. Balmforth remained unbeaten for a solid 29 off 66 balls.

This narrow defeat drops Dulwich to 7th. Next week they visit Valley End, who were promoted with them last season and have now moved up to 4th.

Sat 9th June – 2nd XI v Weybridge



At home to Weybridge the seconds finally managed to achieve a positive outcome, taking a winning draw, and coming within a single wicket of an outright win.

Having been inserted on a damp track, things weren’t easy in the early part of the game, but a patient and accomplished stand of 63 between Andy Cornick (36) and Stuart Ferguson established a base. After Cornick fell, Ferguson took advantage of a very short bottom boundary to accelerate rapidly from the 20s and reach his half-century. Although he was out for 51 soon afterwards the innings did not falter too dramatically, and for the second week in a row Gareth Cornick produced a level-headed and high-quality knock. Although largely unsuccessful in his attempts to swat the opposition’s wily old spinner into the tennis courts, he combined with Gareth Peers and Nick Hudson in tidy partnerships that kept the score moving along, and he later unflinchingly protected James Bridgland from the strike for as long as he could. When the innings was declared on 196-8 Cornick was unbeaten on 53, and Dulwich had a total that looked defendable.

By the time Weybridge started their reply the pitch had dried out, and batting had become easier. Nevertheless, Dulwich approached things with discipline and purpose, and made it tough for the batting side. Captain Zakir Rostami struck in his first over, the second of the innings, but for a while wickets were hard to come by. As the opposition built a stand of 66 for the second wicket Dulwich had to work hard, and life was not made any easier for bowlers Bridgland and Charlie Leonard by keeper Adam Parkinson repeatedly slapping catches out of first slip’s hands and down to third man for runs. Leonard and Gareth Cornick were able to apply some pressure, however, and eventually wickets started to come. The opposition’s target switched from the win to the winning draw. Bobby Iftikhar provided a classic example of bowlers finding superhuman fielding abilities off their own bowling when he held a superb skier to complete a caught and bowled, and Sam Adcock found some sharp turn with his leg breaks. Then Ferguson took the ball, and in a three-over spell of first-class dobbing picked up 3-8. When the skipper returned to pick up a further two wickets (finishing with 3-17) Dulwich were on the cusp of the win, but Weybridge managed to survive a tense final over. 

Sat 16th June – 1st XI v Ashtead

ASHTEAD 256-8 DEC (64) beat DULWICH 135 (43.3) by 121 runs


Despite taking early wickets Dulwich were thwarted by the lower order and went down to a 121 run defeat in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at Ashtead.

Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, and Mark Kelly and Chris Lester exerted early pressure, with only 10 runs coming in the first 8 overs for the loss of one wicket, with James Balmforth pulling off a smart stumping standing up to Lester. The second wicket pair increased the scoring rate, and had taken the score to 49 after 19 overs when Lester struck again. Andrew Roberts, with 35 off 47 balls, and Stewart Cameron, 41 off 41, then added 39 for the third wicket in only 6.3 overs before Roberts fell to Charlie Leonard. James Price then took three wickets in three overs, all caught behind, to reduce Ashtead to 110-6 after 32.3 overs. Colin Pitt, with 38 off 39 balls, dominated a 7th wicket stand of 59 with Michael Sanderson before falling to Lester. Two runs later Balmforth brought off another stumping off Arun Mahey to dismiss Sanderson for 24. This gave the keeper five dismissals in the innings, without conceding a bye. Ashtead were now 171-8, but hopes of a further breakthrough were thwarted by Josh Pickering, with 57 off 66 balls, and Tom Deighton, 26 off 44, who added 85 in 15.4 overs for the undefeated 9th wicket partnership. Ashtead declared on 256-8 after 64 overs, with Price finishing with 3-45 off 13 overs, and Lester 3-66 off 19.

Dulwich were left with 56 overs to get the runs, and Richard Farrow and Ed Carlton started confidently, adding 31 in 9.2 overs for the first wicket before Carlton fell for 21, off 31 balls. The scoring rate slowed as off-spinner Deighton picked up the wickets of Farrow for 14, skipper Anil Mahey for 18, and Price for 9. Stuart Ferguson fell for 3 to reduce Dulwich to 77-5 in the 27th over. Lester then went on the attack, and was given good support by Balmforth in a stand of 32 in 10.2 overs for the 6th wicket. With steady drizzle falling and the light deteriorating Ashtead were forced to use spin at both ends, and it was Pickering who broke the stand by removing Balmforth. Deighton then picked up the last four wickets in twelve balls to finish with 7-32 off 12.3 overs. Lester was 9th out for 53 off 60 balls. This was his second successive innings of 50 or more, and was scored out of 64 runs while he was at the wicket. Dulwich were all out for 135 in the 44th over.

Despite their defeat Dulwich remain 4th in the table. Next week they are at home to East Molesey, who stand in 6th place, just 2 points below them.



26th/ 27th May – 7th XI Tour

​7th XI Somerset Tour Photos….

….Courtesy of Peter Rochford.

​Fri 25th v THE FULL MONTY (Somerset Tour).  Lost by 56 runs.

The Full Monty 158-6 innings closed

Dulwich 102-9 innings closed

27th May v WITHAM FRIARY (Somerset Tour).  Won by 20 runs.

Dulwich 152  (Jeff Mascarenhas 45*)

Witham Friary 132  (Rob Webster 4-10, David Hawes 3-11)

Sat 26th May v FONTHILL PARK (Somerset Tour).  Lost by 60 runs.

Fonthill Park 283-5 innings closed  (Jeff Mascarenhas 3-78)

Dulwich 223-4 innings closed  (Richard Blench 117*, David Cook 37)