Archive | August, 2012

Sat 25th Aug – 4th XI v Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON 131-9 Lost to DULWICH 132-4 by 6 wickets.


With the end of the season approaching, away to Wimbledon presented the 4th XI with their first opportunity to claim a second league title in a row. The weather looked likely to play a part, so having won the toss Dulwich decided to bowl.
From the first over it was clear batting would be hard, and with Mangal Nasiri starting the game with 5 dot balls, the pressure was on. A loose drive from the final ball of the over saw an edge to keeper Bickmore who took a comfortable catch to get Dulwich on the board!
The legend KP bowled from the other end and soon had his own wicket, Wimbledon's captain edging onto his own stumps. Raj Tulsiani then got himself into the game taking 2 catches at slip, the second a diving one hander!
Wickets continued to fall,  Beechy bowling one of the balls of the season to get an edge through to Bickmore (who despite looking very young for 20, gets asked for ID far less than Andy Bailey!). Wimbledon struggling at 79-9 had a last wicket stand of 52 and finished on 131-9.
Rain during the tea break saw a slight delay to play, opening bat and long ball hitter Julian Dean decided to pop off to do a bit of shopping and returned to see Yogi Kemp taking his place as opener in the middle! Yogi and Raj got Dulwich off to a steady start but having struck some nice boundaries Raj decided to walk down the pitch straight past the ball without offering a shot, as the ball hit the stumps the only question was had the batsmen crossed!
Wickets fell at regular intervals, with only Julian digging in on what was still a tricky pitch. At 58-4, he was joined by Paulo McGowan and the pair started to take control of the game. The fact that Beechy was padded up at 7 gave the impression of a long tail so even Julian continued to show restraint.
After ticking the score onto 80, Paulo and Julian started to attack the bad balls with a little more intent. This brought a series of boundaries and as the score passed 100, Wimbledon began to lose hope. Paulo finished the game off with a flurry of fours, which not just won the game and the title but took him to 44n.o, 1 ahead of Julian on 43n.o.
So a 6 wicket triumph and a second league title in a row. With 2 games to spare it's been a fantastic effort by all those who took the field this year for the 4s, plenty of good cricket was played and lots of laughing was done.
Lets finish with another two wins and go for three championships in a row next year!

Sat 18th Aug – 4th XI v Cheam

CHEAM 162-8 lost to DULWICH 163-2 by 8 wickets


Hotter than the sun best describes the weather, and when skipper Bailey lost the toss, Cheam unsurprisingly elected to bat!
Jamie Hall and KP (allowed to play despite sending some dodgy texts to the oppo before the game!) opened the bowling and kept things tight, KP picking up the first wicket. Beechy then replaced Jamie keeping up the good work and Dulwich managed to keep Cheam to little more than 2 an over for some time.
After several drinks breaks and some good middle order batting Cheam made it to 162-8 from their 45 overs. KP 2-15 and Beechy 3-27 the pick of the bowlers. Paul McGowan executed and fine throw from the boundary to comfortable run out the Cheam number 8 after he shouted 'easy two' which amused both sets of players!
Tea came and went but the sun continued to beat as Julian Dean and Jesse James got off to a steady start, steering Dulwich to 25-0 from 10. The pair then accelerated and Julian passed 50 just before the partnership passed 100. Julian made it to 74 before offering a simple catch to gully, a stand of 123 more than made up for a couple of dropped catches! Jesse last a bit longer before being bowled for 47. Ross Bickmore and Tarun steered Dulwich home with 8 wickets and 5 overs to spare.
A good win which maintains the 4s position on top, massive game next week against the Dons, come on Doggies!

Sat 18th Aug – 1st XI v Ashtead

ASHTEAD 239-5 (50) beat DULWICH 213-9 (50) by 26 runs


An opening stand of 85 got Dulwich off to a good start in pursuit of 239 in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at home to second-placed Ashtead, but the later batsmen were unable to maintain the momentum and they went down to defeat by 26 runs.

Ashtead chose to bat, but lost their first two wickets in 9.1 overs, with one apiece to Tom Savill and Mark Kelly, who bowled his ten overs straight through to finish with 1-31. Zac Elkin and Stewart Cameron had taken the score to 73 in the 19th over when Cameron hit the ball into his ankle and had to retire hurt. George Adolphus, with 27 off 45 balls, helped Elkin take the score to 124 in the 31st over before falling to Chris Lester. Cameron returned, but lost Elkin, lbw to Arun Mahey for 75, with the score on 152 in the 38th over. Cameron was joined by Matt Friedlander, and together they had taken the score to 199 in the 46th over when Cameron fell to Levi Olver for 46, off 62 balls. Friedlander then dominated the last four overs, hitting another 28 runs and finishing on 52 not out off only 43 balls. Ashtead closed on 239-5 after their 50 overs.

The Dulwich reply started positively as Richard Farrow and Tom Deasy added 85 for the first wicket in 21.3 overs, before Deasy was run out going for a third run. His 26 had come off 49 balls. Skipper Anil Mahey fell lbw first ball, but James Price got off to a flier, hitting 18 off 12 balls before falling to a brilliant catch with the score on 112 in the 28th over. Lester fell for 8, and Farrow’s innings ended at 132 off the first ball of the 36th over, having made 57 off 119 balls. James Balmforth and Nick Storey were unable to force the pace, adding 21 in the next seven overs, before Balmforth fell for 10 to make it 153-6 after 42.1 overs. Savill hit 12 off 15 balls, falling on 173 in the 45th over. Storey and Olver then took the score to 188 in the 47th over when both fell off successive balls, Storey for 21 off 31 balls and Olver for 10 off nine. With nine wickets down, it took a cameo of 20 not out off 12 balls by Kelly to get Dulwich past the 200 mark and secure a bonus point. Arun Mahey, with 2 not out, helped him take the score to 213-9 after their 50 overs. Off-spinner Tom Deighton, who had taken seven wickets in the first match between the teams, was again the most successful bowler with 4-20 off eight overs.

This defeat leaves Dulwich in eighth place, three points clear of Purley after the latter’s deduction of 13 points for breaching registration rules. Dulwich have no game next week due to Brook’s withdrawal from the Championship, and resume the following week at home to Beddington.

Sat 11th Aug – 1st XI v East Molesey


EAST MOLESEY 216-6 (50) beat DULWICH 168 (49.1) by 48 runs


Reversion to the 50 over format failed to improve Dulwich’s fortunes, as they went down to defeat in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at East Molesey.

Molesey chose to bat and got off to a comfortable start as the openers put on 55 for the first wicket in 16.2 overs. Two wickets to South African OP James Price and one to Arshad Iftikhar reduced them to 75-3 in the 21st over. New Zealand OP Henry Nicholls (52) and skipper Paul Lawford (26) then added 70 for the 4th wicket in 19.3 overs, but were kept in check by accurate spells from Price, who took 2-35 off nine overs, Iftikhar, with 1-31 off ten, and Levi Olver, who conceded only 35 off his ten. Both batsmen fell to Arun Mahey in consecutive overs, and Molesey were pegged back to 166-5 after 45, but a powerplay in the last five overs yielded 50 runs, to lift them to a final total of 216-6. Mahey took some stick during the powerplay and ended with 2-53 off seven overs.

The Dulwich innings also started comfortably, with Tom Deasy and skipper Anil Mahey adding 41 in 14 overs for the first wicket. Mahey’s dismissal, for 18 off 41 balls, was followed by his brother Sunil and Price to make it 43-3 after 18. Deasy was joined by keeper James Balmforth, and together they added 72 in 19 overs for the fourth wicket before Deasy fell for 50, off 103 balls. With 102 still needed off 13 overs the pressure was on to score quick runs, but the batsmen were unable to force the pace against accurate bowling, and the score had advanced by only 20 runs in six overs when Balmforth was sixth out for 43, off 78 balls, with the score on 135 after 43 overs. The only realistic target was now 177 for a bonus point, but even this proved unattainable as wickets fell at regular intervals, three of them to Nicholls who finished with 4-37 off seven overs. Dulwich were all out off the first ball of the last over for 168, to lose by 48 runs.

Purley’s win at Old Whitgiftians leaves Dulwich 11 points adrift in ninth place, and they need to turn things around next week at home to Ashtead if they are to avert the threat of relegation.

Sat 4th Aug – 1st XI v Old Whitgiftians

OLD WHITGIFTIANS 205-9 (61) beat DULWICH 64 (30) by 141 runs


A miserable batting display saw Dulwich soundly defeated in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at home to Old Whitgiftians.

The visitors chose to bat first, and were soon in trouble, losing their first three wickets for only 19 runs in 13 overs, with Tom Savill taking two and Chris Lester one. Arshad Iftikhar and James Price proved equally difficult to get away, starting with four consecutive maidens, but Ahmad Raja then launched a counter-attack, racing to 60 off 71 balls before falling to Price. His brother Ali, having previously played second fiddle, then took over the scoring before being sixth out for 46, off 102 balls, with the score on 152. A 36 minute rain break reduced the Old Whits innings to 61 overs, and Murtaza Hussain guided his side to 205-9, finishing on 49 not out off 66 balls. Price bowled 22 overs straight through to finish with 3-89. Lester had 3-33 off 15 and Savill 2-23 off 9. Stand in keeper Simon May took 3 catches.

Dulwich's reply got off to a disastrous start when Ed Matten and skipper Anil Mahey were both out first ball, lbw to Abdul Khalil, in the second over. Price was bowled by Hussain for 3 to send them in to tea at 20-3 in the sixth over. Opener Richard Farrow, with 20 off 40 balls, fell soon after, and only Stuart Ferguson, with a dogged 8 off 43 balls, Savill with 13 off 26, and Arun Mahey, 6 not out off 20, offered prolonged resistance. Dulwich were dismissed for 64 after 30 overs, with former Surrey off spinner Hussain finishing with 5-15 off 12 overs.

This defeat leaves Dulwich at the bottom of the table, and they will be hoping for an improved performance next week away to East Molesey, when the competition reverts to 50 overs a side.