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.