PURLEY 196-8 (50) lost to DULWICH 197-5 (47) by 5 wickets
A fine innings of 80 by Richard Farrow saw Dulwich to a comfortable five wicket victory over Purley which secured their status in Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 for another season and sent their opponents down to Division 2.
Purley chose to bat, and got off to a frenetic start as Aussie Tim Miles was dropped twice in the first two overs and was bowled by James Price for 10 in the third. Fuaad Syed and Shane Patel batted more circumspectly and had taken the score to 37 after 16 overs when Syed was stumped off a wide by James Balmforth standing up to Chris Lester for 17. Patel dominated partnerships of 38 in 11.5 overs for the third wicket and 44 off 10 overs for the fourth before being fifth out for 60, scored off 130 balls, with the score on 139 after 40.1 overs. It took an undefeated 35 off 40 balls by veteran skipper John Fry to lift the score to 196 for 8 after 50 overs. Price finished with 3-38 and Lester 3-43, with Tom Savill and Arun Mahey picking up the other two wickets. Mark Kelly bowled with his usual accuracy, conceding only eleven runs off his ten overs, six of which were maidens, and should have had a wicket or two with better support from his fielders. His combined figures for the two matches against Purley were 26-18-25-0.
Farrow and Tom Deasy got the Dulwich reply off to an excellent start, adding 77 together in 18.3 overs before Deasy fell for 34, scored off 60 balls. Skipper Anil Mahey, with 17 off 52 balls, helped Farrow add 52 in 15.3 overs for the second wicket. Acceleration came from Price, who hit 14 off 16 balls in a stand of 25 off five overs for the third wicket, and Simon May, who scored 20 off 18 balls in adding 34 in 5.5 overs for the fourth. Farrow’s innings came to an end with the score on 195 when he was stumped for 80, scored off 131 balls. This innings took his aggregate for the season to 552 at an average of 50.18. Two byes off the next ball saw Dulwich to victory with three overs to spare.
This crucial victory was Dulwich’s first win since beating the same opponents on June 9th, and they will be looking to improve substantially on this next year.