WIMBLEDON 185-7 (46.5) DULWICH 175-6 (44) – DULWICH WINNING DRAW
So we come to play Wimbledon at DSG and what was probably going to be the first real test of the 2012 season so far. We knew we'd have to dig deep to get a result. Captain Bailey won the toss and elected to field first.
Dulwich started well initially with Callaghan picking up and early wicket but Wimbledon played well putting on 120 runs for the second wicket. The introduction of Captain Bailey into the attack claiming a decent caught and bowled effort to dismiss their opener for 70 with the Dons now on 125-2 and looking like getting a big total. The spin of Arabi soon had the oppo in disarray and what followed was reminiscent of a Dulwich middle order collapse as the next five wickets fell quickly taking the score to 133-7 with the Doggies back on top with Arabi finishing with figures of 8-1-21-3. One Don batsman was so keen to get to the wicket he neglected to bring a pair of gloves out. I'm sure there was a fine after the game. Wimbledon rallied to 185-7 off 46.5 overs with those 5 balls proving crucial at the end of the game!
We started the run chase well with Julian 'JD' Dean scoring a quick 18 before being c&b when ball the seemed to stop in the wicket. Wickets then fell at 66, 89 and 112 with Dulwich batsman getting starts but falling to tight bowling, Andy Bailey top scoring with 34. A decision by Cap Bailey to promote Callaghan in the order to 7 paid off with a quick-fire 18 which caused Wimbledon to have a rethink. When Callaghan fell with the score 138-6 with 6 or 7 overs remaining, it looked a tall order but some good striking from Tarun Mahey and James Chudley, who rode his luck at times, took us to 175-6 off our 44 overs.
Calculations quickly took place and continued in the bar before the winning draw was awarded to The Doggies! A great result from what looked like a no-win situation. In all the post match excitement experienced Kanak Patel negotiated a lift across the road with skipper Bailey only to walk into the car park and realised he'd driven to DSG!