Archive | June, 2012

Sat 2nd June – 4th XI v Wimbledon



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!

Sat 26th May – 3rd XI v Ashtead

ASHTEAD 78 lost to DULWICH 81-1 by 9 wickets


The unstoppable force, the cricket behemoth, the leviathan which is the 2012 Dulwich 3s (henceforth ‘The Machine’) came back home on Saturday to be greeted by a ten man (well, 8 men and 2 boys) Ashtead side that needed a win to kick-start their campaign. A fresh wind took the edge off the heat as slip fielder and Captain Leather tossed the coin without applying the correct amount of rotational force. Ashtead chose to bat. This left The Machine wondering if Ashtead had done their homework. But, casting such tactical musings aside, The Machine opened up with Rethinasamy and Jones taking the new ball. Despite prolonged slip practice in the pre-match warm-ups, both opening bowlers decided not to take a chance in the corridor of uncertainty and instead bowled wicket-to-wicket. The tactic paid off, and they picked up a pair of wickets each as the Ashtead top order proved unable to cope (a particularly nasty first ball yorker from Jones perhaps the pick of the early wickets).


After eight overs apiece Jones and Rethinasamy gave way to Peacock and Mr Anderson, who kept up the heat on the underwhelming batting line up. Ashtead’s 12 year old batting sensation put up some resistance however, hitting Peacock back over his head for a majestic boundary. A few overs later it became apparent that Mr Anderson hadn’t read the memo entitled ‘avoid the slip cordon at all costs’, and had the 12 year old batting sensation dropped by Leather at first slip. He proved a fast learner however, getting his man caught and bowled soon after on his way to a 3-for.


Ashtead then proceeded to crumble like an over-dipped rich tea biscuit (Peacock and Anderson sharing the wickets, with Taylor taking a particularly sharp chance behind the stumps off Peacock, although it must be said that the batting technique of the Ashtead lower order bore a resemblance to a drunk man trying to open a bottle of wine using only a fork), negating the need for The Machine to turn to the golden arm of Garthwaite, who was therefore able to work on his tan at backward point. When all was said and done, Ashtead had been bowled out for just 78.


Having tucked into some hastily prepared tea, The Machine then tucked into some underprepared Ashtead bowling, with the openers getting off to brisk start thanks to the bowlers’ inability to locate the short grassy stuff between the stumps (Peers taking to teasing the deep backward square leg fielder on more than one occasion). Some occasionally disciplined bowling led to a slight steadying of the run chase as Cornick and Peers were content to milk the runs without resorting to the risk-taking and showboating that some on the sidelines were asking for (which is not to say that they didn’t break out the odd bottle of class, Cornick uncorking a few from a particularly good vintage).


With 20 or so runs needed Peers boredom got the better of him and he missed a straight one, leaving The Machine to send in Tyler to help Cornick pick off the remaining runs. Beverages were being consumed by 4.30pm, and proved to be the only thing to cause The Machine to stutter, Peacock in particular casting a shadow long after the sun had set…


A 9 wicket victory then, and with confidence sky high, The Machine heads to Wimbledon’s new digs for what it hopes will be its first real test of the season.



Sat 2nd Jun – 1st XI v Brook

BROOK 216 (57.4) lost to DULWICH 219-8 (56.3) by 2 wickets


A fine recovery spearheaded by Chris Lester saw Dulwich through to a 2 wicket victory in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at home to Brook.

Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, and got off to an excellent start as Tom Savill struck in the first over. The seamers were unable to effect a further breakthrough, however, as the 2nd wicket pair added 93. It fell to leg spinner Arun Mahey to take the next 3 wickets and reduce Brook to 117-4 after 28 overs. Mahey was joined in the attack by left armer Levi Olver, and together the two spinners worked their way through the rest of the innings. Stands of 31 for the 5th wicket and 28 for the 6th were followed by a collapse that saw Brook lose 4 wickets for only 12 runs in 10 overs, declining from 176-5 to 188-9. A spirited last wicket stand of 28 lifted the score to 216 off 57.4 overs. Mahey ended the innings to finish with 5-65 off 20.4 overs, while Olver took 4-36 off 12.

Richard Farrow and Ed Carlton launched the Dulwich innings confidently, but the loss of Farrow for 14 (off 30 balls), Carlton for 26 (at a run a ball), and skipper Anil Mahey (to a remarkable rebound catch) saw them reduced to 49-3 after 14 overs. James Price was then joined by Simon May in a stand of 79 for the 4th wicket before May fell for 38, off 45 balls. Price's dismissal for 61 (off 66 balls) was the first of 3 wickets to fall for 3 runs as Dulwich declined to 147-7 after 33.1 overs. With 70 still needed Brook had high hopes of victory, but Chris Lester and keeper James Balmforth dug in sensibly and gradually increased the scoring rate. The pair had added 44 for the 8th wicket in 15.4 overs when Balmforth fell for a dogged 14, off 47 balls. This was the second week in a row that he had taken part in a crucial 8th wicket stand. Lester was joined by Olver with 26 still needed, and together they knocked them off in 7.4 overs. Lester finished with 42, off 69 balls, and Olver with 16 off 25.

Dulwich's second successive win lifts them four places to 5th in the table. They will be hoping to continue their winning run next week away to Purley, who have replaced them in 9th place.