Sat 16th April – 2nd XI vs Wycombe House
With high hopes for a title challenging season ahead in the Surrey 2nd XI Premier League, and the expected strong competition for places across the club with new and returning players, the 2nds got their season underway with a solid all round victory against Wycombe House.
Everybody got a chance to get outside, blow off the cobwebs, re-adjust their hearing to accommodate an afternoon of Gareth Cornick’s constant West Midlands din, welcome some new players and compare successful off-season fitness programmes…
In unseasonally good April weather Dulwich won the toss and elected to bat. Virtually all the batsman got some time at the crease and opener Andrew Cornick looked especially fluent for his score of 62. Skipper Richard Reid looked safe as houses at the crease playing like Boycott to scratch a handful of runs over the last 5 overs. With the game-changing big hitters due in next, Richard’s strategy of keeping them like coiled springs ready for the 1st league game of the season is a risky one, but given his track record of getting things right in the face of adversity his ploy is destined to succeed. Everybody is looking forward to seeing him star with his new bat this season. Dulwich posted a competitive score of 216 in their 40 overs.
Wycombe House came out with all guns firing and having clearly been influenced by the recent World Cup and current IPL season, looked to put Dulwich’s opening bowlers under pressure from the off by making use of the short boundary.
With this aggressive style of course came chances, and with all of the Dulwich bowlers sticking to their tasks, the 2s bowled Wycombe House out for 161 in 30 overs to set up a winning margin of 55 runs. Stand out bowlers were Aamir Siddique, Tim Gatenby and young Tom Barnard who showed real promise and caught a tough, steepling key catch on the boundary with real aplomb.
All in all a sound start to the season and a good first-game outing for all involved. Roll-on the league season…