DULWICH 191 (49.3) lost to BEDDINGTON 193-9 (49) by 1 wicket
A bizarre finish in which they were penalised six runs for a slow over rate saw Dulwich go down to a one wicket defeat in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at home to Beddington.
Dulwich chose to bat, but got off to a poor start as both openers fell within the first ten overs with only 24 runs on the board. They recovered thanks to a solid innings of 41 off 76 balls by James Balmforth. The keeper added 21 in 6.3 overs for the fourth wicket with James Price, who scored 33 off 44 balls; 18 in 2.4 overs for the fifth wicket with Gareth Cornick (8 off 7); 54 in 12.1 overs for the sixth wicket with Simon May (26 off 37); and 32 off 5.4 for the seventh with Tom Savill (23 off 26). Three wickets then fell in seven balls to reduce them to 176-9 after 46.4, but a last wicket stand of 15 in 2.5 overs by Arun Mahey (9 off 10 balls) and Levi Olver (6 not out off 7) raised the score to 191.
Hopes of applying sustained pressure from the start of the Beddington innings soon faded as Savill bowled eight wides and two no balls while conceding 28 runs off three overs. Price replaced him but bowled a further four wides (one of which went for 4) while going for 18 off his first two. At the other end Chris Lester was a complete contrast, bowling four consecutive maidens and taking 2-10 in his seven over spell. Price tightened up to take the third wicket, and two wickets for Olver, one for Arun Mahey and a run out reduced them to 119-7 in the 33rd over. Fawad Ahmad, with 37 off 47 balls then launched a counter attack, but when he was ninth out with the score on 163 in the 43rd over Dulwich had high hopes of victory. Arun Butler and Richard Risebro had other ideas, however, and accumulated steadily to lift the score to 187 after 49 overs.
With five runs still needed the match seemed set for an exciting last over, so it came as a surprise when the umpires removed the bails and announced that they were penalising Dulwich six runs for a slow over rate, thereby lifting the Beddington score to 193 and giving them victory. Both sides would rather have seen the match played to a finish, but the umpires acted in strict accordance with the rulebook and Dulwich have only themselves to blame. Bowling 32 extra balls (28 wides and four no balls) gifted the opposition with 41 runs in bowling extras, and made it well nigh impossible to complete the overs within the stipulated time.
Victory here would have ensured Dulwich’s safety. Everything now depends on the last match, at home to Purley, with the loser doomed to relegation.