DULWICH 128 (37.4) lost to BEDDINGTON 129-4 (40) by 6 wickets
Dulwich were thoroughly outplayed in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at Beddington, and went down to defeat by six wickets.
Dulwich chose to bat on a dampish wicket, but openers Richard Farrow and Anil Mahey, aided by a succession of wides, started positively, putting on 26 for the first wicket in 5.1 overs before the captain fell for 8, off 18 balls. Farrow and South African OP James Price took the score on to 48 before Farrow fell for 13, off 25 balls, off the first ball of the 12th over. Price and Nick Storey had advanced to 67-2 after 15 overs at drinks, but Storey then fell for 2 off 13 balls just before rain brought an early lunch three balls later. After the resumption the next three batsmen scored only two runs between them as Dulwich declined to 78-6 after 20.5 overs, the last four wickets having fallen for just 11 runs. Once again it was James Balmforth who stopped the rot, joining Price in a seventh wicket stand of 33 before Price fell lbw with the score on 111. His innings of 51, off 75 balls, was his third fifty of the season. Balmforth became only the third Dulwich batsman to make double figures, before being ninth out for a dogged 15 off 47 balls. The last four wickets went down for 17 runs to see Dulwich dismissed for 128 in the 38th over.
The Beddington reply started steadily with the openers putting on 24 for the first wicket in 7.2 overs. A wicket apiece for Mark Kelly, Tom Savill, and Chris Lester saw them reduced to 46-3 after 19 overs, but opener Ian Gamble remained unperturbed, grinding his way to 39 not out off 110 balls. Hopes of a Dulwich fightback were thwarted by a fourth wicket stand of 67 with Tom Bevan, who made 41 off 60 balls before falling to Arun Mahey. Graham Lester then saw his side home with 14* off 12 balls.
An ignominious display was capped when the side dashed home without socialising at all with the opposition. They were so eager to get away that they even left without their scorer. It had better not happen again…
Next week they will be hoping for a better display in every respect when facing another tough match, at home to top of the table Spencer.