Archive | June, 2012

Sat 9th June – 4th XI v Woking & Horsell



The 4s made the journey down to Woking this week and with conditions a bit damp from the weeks rain winning the toss and bowling was top of Captain Bailey's plans. These plans had to quickly change as the toss was lost and unsurprisingly Dulwich were invited to bat. With Raj returning from Vegas to open the innings with Andy Bailey (taking a break from his GCSE revision!) Dulwich got off to a solid start and were quickly 40 without loss. Raj fell for 31 giving Woking and Horsell a big boost. Chris Ford (also making it into the 30's) and AB (21) continued to bat sensibly but some reasonable bowling and the very slow nature of the pitch made run scoring difficult. Wickets began to fall at regular intervals and Dulwich stuttered to 147 all out, Paul Wilson and Paul McGowan the only other batsmen to make double figures. Richard Beeching (brought into the side on account of his terrific beard) was left stranded 9 not out.  

A slightly disappointing effort but with runs on the board and a pitch that wasn't improving despite some sunny spells Dulwich took the field with one thought on their minds- take 10 wickets. Mangal Nasiri bowled a tight spell from one end picking up the first wicket, with Paul Wilson at the other. Paul struggled to find a consistent line and length (mainly due to feeling a little under par from an evening in Clapham the night before!), so the skipper and then vice James Chudley had a go with no joy, leaving Woking on 60-odd for 1 as drinks approached. Dulwich then turned to spin, with Abu Arabi and Beechy coming on to bowl. This had the desired effect, Beechy struck first and then Abu took over taking 4 wickets to beat his tally of 3 the week before. The pair reduced Woking to 100-7, which led to the few remaining 'batsmen' to be given the order to shut up shop with about 7 overs to go. Dulwich worked hard to take the last 3 wickets and capture all 13 points but it wasn't until a returning Mangal Nasiri took 2 wickets in the 47th and final over (his 3 and the team's 9th coming off the final ball) that further break throughs were possible.
So a second successive winning draw for the defending champions and some good team spirit to keep fighting on a slow pitch.

Sat 2nd June – 2nd XI v Epsom

EPSOM 225-9 beat DULWICH 145 by 80 runs


The match began with a slow procession through the streets of Epsom cheered on by scores of race goers bedecked in their glad rags.

The game opened with the thoroughbred James Bridgland producing a first class opening stint of 14 overs for a measly 35 runs and picked up 2 wickets. (Surprisingly?) acrobatic fielding from Steve Hale off the bowling of Bobby brought about the key wicket of their opener just as he was beginning to play some shots and gather momentum. Tighter bowling and sharper fielding in the first 20 overs meant that the odds were definitely in our favour and punters were flocking to back us as Epsom were reduced to 97-6. However, like Devon Loch this early lead was bafflingly overturned.

Lady luck certainly smiled on Epsom’s lower order as they swung, slogged and largely edged their way to 225-9 from 54 overs- at least 75 more than they should have scored.

Dulwich’s reply never really got out of the starting gates as a succession of batsmen drove loosely, resulting in 5 catches for the Epsom keeper. At 61-7 bookies were paying out for an Epsom win before Bridgeland and Gareth Cornick put together an impressive partnership of 81, never looking troubled and showing the top order how to bat on the surface. However, despite their heroic rearguard  effort the draw fell agonisingly out of reach with the last three wickets falling with one over to bat out for the draw.

Sat 9th Jun – 1st XI v Purley


PURLEY 54 (45.5) lost to DULWICH 56-0 (18.3) by 10 wickets


Dulwich bowled their hosts out for only 54 and cruised to a 10 wicket victory in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 clash at Purley.

Dulwich put their opponents in to bat and Tom Savill and Mark Kelly exerted a stranglehold on the Purley batsmen from the start. Only 6 runs had been scored in the first 6 overs when 2 wickets fell in 2 balls, the first to a run out and the second caught behind off Savill. The score had advanced to only 13 in the 15th over when Savill struck again, having the obdurate John Fry well caught by Sunil Mahey at cover after scoring 7 off 45 balls. Savill's spell ended after 10 overs with 2-7. Kelly continued for 16 overs, bowling 12 maidens (8 of them consecutive) and conceding only 14 runs, while being unlucky not to take a wicket after beating the bat several times. South African OP  James Price then took over, taking the next six wickets for 29 runs in a 13 over spell. These included former Surrey coach Keith Medlycott, who was also dismissed for 7 after facing a mammoth 68 balls. Chris Lester also bowled tightly, conceding only 3 runs off 6.5 overs, and chipped in with the last wicket as Purley were all out for 54 in the 46th over. The bowlers were well supported by an excellent fielding display, exemplified by stand-in keeper Simon May who took 3 catches and did not concede a bye.

Richard Farrow and Ed Carlton launched the Dulwich innings against Purley bowlers who occasionally beat the bat but were unable to exert the same pressure as their Dulwich counterparts. Carlton went on the attack, scoring 44 off 69 balls, while Farrow gave solid support with 8 off 44. The two openers knocked off the runs in 18.3 overs without being parted to secure victory by ten wickets.

This was Dulwich's third successive victory and lifts them to fourth in the table. Next week they face a sterner challenge, away to third placed Ashtead.

Sat 2nd June – 6th XI v Mottingham

DULWICH 170 for 8 (46 overs) BEAT MOTTINGHAM 139 (44.2 overs) by 31 runs


On a weekend when the nation celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, another momentous event took place just off Dulwich’s very own Mall (Turney Road, that is!), at the Dulwich Sports Ground last Saturday.  Peter Rice’s cricketing career at Dulwich may not quite match the longevity of Her Majesty’s reign, being five years shorter, but an innings of 56 against Mottingham took him past the milestone of 30,000 runs for the club.

Dulwich were invited to take first knock after the visitors won the toss, and Rice along with fellow opener Malcolm Persaud got the side off to a slow but steady start against some challenging Mottingham bowling.  They put on 48 before the junior partner departed for 22 in the 21st over of the innings.  A solid platform had been built, but the departure of Greg Bond and Tony Ebert, neither of whom troubled the scorers, either side of the drinks interval, threatened to dismantle the innings.  However, Rice then found a more than useful ally in Finbarr O’Connor and the pair not only regained the initiative but also stepped up the scoring rate.

Shortly after reaching his half-century, Rice past his historic landmark and the occasion was appropriately marked with generous applause, not only from his team-mates on the boundary’s edge but also the sporting fielders.

A few runs later Rice was bowled for 56, but young O’Connor continued on his merry way before being run out for a sparkling 45, an innings which included six fours and a six.  Vice-captain Matt Craig added a useful 20 and by the end of their allotted 46 overs, Dulwich had reached a commendable total of 170 for 8.

Mottingham made a good start to their run chase with opening bat Craig Stevens threatening a big score.  Joe Hale eventually made the breakthrough, having the other opener caught behind by Peter Rochford, the first of three catches for the veteran stumper.  Stevens then went for 28, also caught behind, after getting tucked up trying to pull a short ball from Finbarr O’Connor, and another youngster, Luke Connor, picked up a wicket during a tidy spell.  Batsmen numbers four to eight all got into double figures as the Mottingham innings progressed, but they fell behind the required run rate as the ever-reliable Matt Craig and spinner Tony Ebert tightened the screw.  Craig was unlucky not to claim at least a couple of wickets during seven economical overs, but it was Ebert who turned in a match-winning spell, taking 5-29 in 12 overs, four of his victims being clean bowled.  Pace bowler Rehan Malik returned to wrap up the innings, with two wickets in as many balls, to leave Dulwich victors by a 31-run margin.           

Sat 2nd June – 7th XI v Milstead


​MILSTEAD 250-4 beat DULWICH 154-6 by 9 wickets

In 1963, a promising 15 year old made his debut for Dulwich Cricket Club Sunday 3rd XI against the Ex-Blues in Mottingham. The Ex-Blues were a team of former fighter pilots, who, having single-handedly defeated the Third Reich at the Battle of Britain then, in celebration, formed a cricket club. It was quite a coincidence that at today’s game, some 49 years later, the promising colt concluded his career, as a Lancaster Bomber made its solitary and lazy way across the sky during Milstead’s innings. Just quite where it was going, we shall never know.

The coincidence arises from the fact that at the time this cricketer made his debut, one of his other pastimes was making a model of this aircraft complete from an Airfix kit with camouflage paint and RAF decals. In fact, it would be fair to say that in 1963 Jim Gibson divided his leisure time, more or less into three equal parts: in addition to Cricket and making model aircraft kits, he was also a keen reader of the Health and Efficiency magazine. (Ed’s note: Do you think it would be possible to get round to describe what actually happened in the match, at some point. I am not altogether sure our readers are that interested in the auto erotic habits of a 15 year old in the early sixties). In many ways, Gibson’s long cricketing career has not been dissimilar to that of Mark Ramprakash and John the Baptist. Although Gibson has scored considerably less centuries than the former and brought considerably fewer people round to his way of thinking than the latter, the words “unfulfilled potential” spring to mind with all three, do they not? (Further note from Ed: We are in great danger of lapsing into unsubstantiated hyperbole here, can we please move on!

The Garden of England was at its most fecund today at this rural delight of a Cricket ground in Milstead village, complete with thatched roof pavilion and scorebox. Hedges were overburdening themselves into the narrow country byways The ground seemed to slope in several directions at once and the Milstead batsmen wasted no time in putting opening bowlers Osborne and Peters to the sword. Dulwich’s fielders laboured to contain the Milstead batsmen but without success. A brilliantly attempted diving catch by Branch just failed to stick and, at length, captain Smith turned to the evergreen Svengali-like figure of Gibson, who still nursed a non-tour bowling average of 1.666667. (It must be said that this unlikely statistic did not survive the tour, but there is an old adage amongst professional actors: “What goes on tour, stays on tour.” And your correspondent sees no reason why this same maxim should not apply to bowling averages.) Alas, Gibson went away empty handed, having been asked to bowl up the hill and against the slope, and the much cherished 1.66667 was but an ethereal skein of times past. Smith then turned to Arts Council apparatchik and leg spinner David Ward who, unhappily, was treated with equal disdain by Milstead’s batsmen, one of who completed his hundred by twice lifting Ward into the graveyard which surrounded the local church. O’Higgins also bowled.

At length, Smith was obliged to return to Gibson and, in much the same way that night follows day, one of the Milstead batsmen finally succumbed to his subtle flight and guile by attempting to hit a 6 into cow shot corner. Many batsmen have attempted this manoeuvre and, it must be said, some have succeeded on grounds with miniscule boundaries. Milstead Cricket Ground did not fall into this category and Rob Branch took a quite brilliant catch on the very edge of the perimeter. The vast crowd held its breath while a video review was run to see if Rob had “stepped over”, but this turned out not to be the case and Gibson finished with the not altogether disreputable figures of 1 for 45, given Milstead’s final forbidding total of 250 for 4 off 40 overs. Clarke Osborne, making a welcome return to the 7th XI fray, finished with 2 for 41.

After tea, Blench and Gibson set out like two polar explorers in search of this far off goal. They were asked to proceed at 6.25 an over for 40 overs and quickly fell behind the asking rate. Eventually, runs began to flow: Blench lifted Milstead’s young leg spinner to the square leg boundary and Gibson played a couple of Pietersen like straight drives, but it, must be said, the asking rate could not be sustained by either batsman. The arrival of the pugnacious and ebullient Branch at the crease promised better things, but when Gibson finally holed to out  to mid wicket, for a pedestrian 33, the target was a dim and distant chimera. Blench 24, Osborne 22 and Owen 17* all made contributions. The solicitor, Griffiths, also batted. But Dulwich’s less than satisfactory start left the later batsmen with too much to do and the innings closed on the highly unsatisfactory 154 for 6.  Perhaps the dilatory Gibson is finally entering the fifth stage of man immortalised by Shakespeare’s Jaques’ seven ages of man speech in “As you Like It”:

“…and then, the Justice

In fair round belly, with good capon lin’d,

With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,

Full of wise saws, and modern instances,

And so he plays his part..”

Broadly translated, this means Gibson is eating too much KFC and is getting too full of bullshit. He is taking an extended sabbatical from the game for professional reasons. Your correspondent would like to think that somehow the 7th’s will manage to compete without this yeoman cricketer.  When Sir John Falstaff dies at the start of Henry V it is significant that Pistol, Nym and Bardolph soldier on at Agincourt, with no little success as pillagers and battlefield scavengers.

By the way, if anybody has the Airfix version of the Wellington or Lancaster Bomber, or any copies of Health and Efficiency Magazine between October 1958 and August 1965 please contact


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