Archive | July, 2012

Sun 1st Jul – Academy v Banstead


BANSTEAD 226-8 (40) lost to DULWICH 227-8 (40) by 2 wickets


A new-look Academy side containing five debutants had a thrilling first Surrey Trust League game, scoring 11 runs in the last over to defeat Banstead by two wickets off the last ball.

Banstead chose to bat, and scored at a steady rate of about 5-6 per over throughout their innings, opener Billy Yates, with 53 off 55 balls, and James Stainer, 57 off 82, being the main scorers. The total was boosted by 41 extras, including 25 wides. Experienced off-spinner Graeme Hough, with 4-40 off eight overs, was the most successful bowler, while Brandon Kenlock, Sam Redmayne and Euan Johnson picked up a wicket each.

The Dulwich reply was built around a fine innings of 85, off only 89 balls, by Alastair Neden, in his first appearance for the Academy. Kenlock provided solid support in a second wicket partnership which had taken the score to 99 in the 20th over when Kenlock fell for 22, off 60 balls. Neden was joined by another newcomer, Greg Bond, who made 19 off 26 balls before being run out. Johnson, with 30 off 26 balls, Zakir Rostami, 7 off 9, and Jamie Hall, 14 off 9, kept the score moving until 11 were required off the last over. Opening bowler Yates was recalled to bowl it, but a wide, followed by seven runs off the next three balls, reduced the requirement to three off three. Fergus Neve was bowled by the first of these, but a run to a wide off the next ball brought the scores level, and also brought Hall back on strike with two balls remaining. He fell aiming for the winning hit, and it took a bye off the last ball to secure victory. Banstead were even more profligate with the extras, conceding 46, including 24 wides.

This was a most promising start for an inexperienced side, and they will be hoping to build on it next week in a friendly game at home to Wimbledon.

Sat 30th Jun – 1st XI v Valley End


DULWICH 278-6 (66) drew with VALLEY END 270-9 (62)


A superb innings of 157 by Richard Farrow set Dulwich up for an imposing total of 278-6 in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at Valley End, but despite taking nine wickets they were unable to force victory and had to settle for a losing draw.

This was the first Championship match on Valley End’s new ground, and Farrow and skipper Anil Mahey christened it in style by taking 13 runs off a wayward first over. James Barrow at the other end proved more difficult to get away, bowling ten overs straight through for only 19 runs, but the openers kept the score ticking along, reaching lunch at 119 off 40 overs. The first wicket went down shortly afterwards, with Mahey falling for a patient 45 off 119 balls. James Price went quickly, but Nick Storey joined Farrow in a stand of 48 in nine overs for the third wicket, before being run out for 27, off 32 balls, with the score on 182. Farrow then monopolised a stand of 65 in nine overs with Simon May, until also being run out. His 157 was his second century of the season, and came off 188 balls. After taking 91 balls for his first 50 he had steadily increased his scoring rate, taking 62 balls for the second 50 and only 28 balls for the third. May then took over, taking his score to 30, off 38 balls, before falling in the last over. Support came from Chris Lester (with 5 off 6 balls), keeper James Balmforth (5* off 6) and Mark Kelly (4* off 3). The innings closed on 278-6 after the permitted 66 overs. All the wickets taken by a bowler fell to Alex MacQueen, who bowled a mammoth spell of 27 overs to finish with 4-118.

Valley End were left with 62 overs to get the runs, but got off to a bad start when Lester struck in his second over. A second wicket stand of 64 in 17.3 overs by Paul Williams (38) and Tom Nevin (37) set the home side up nicely, but Price dismissed both to leave the match evenly poised at tea with the score on 103-3 after 28 overs. Andrew Newbery (50) and Ben Kingsnorth (43) took their fourth wicket partnership to 71 in 14 overs, but a wicket apiece for Lester and Alex Gledhill, and a direct hit by May, pegged them back to 196-6 after 45.1 overs. Skipper Keith Fisher (25) and OP Callum Pilcher (37*) kept them on track with a stand of 44 in 9.3 overs for the seventh wicket. The stand was broken by Kelly, who once again had bowled a threatening opening spell without taking a wicket, but who returned to take three in successive overs and reduce Valley End to 260-9 with 3.2 overs left. Pilcher and Barrow took the score to 269 after 60 overs, but then blocked out the last two to secure the winning draw. Kelly finished with 3-38 off 12 overs, while Lester had 2-54 off 15, and Price 2-95 off 18.

This result leaves Dulwich in eighth place. Next week they visit Beddington, who are currently third.

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