Sat 7th May – 2nd XI vs Malden Wanderers
With high expectations for a great summer ahead, the 2nd XI’s league season got underway at Malden Wanderers. Despite the balmy April that has left many grounds looking like the 5th day of a Mumbai Test match, a heavy morning shower had the made the toss a good one to lose. Not for the last time this season, Richard called incorrectly and Malden inserted us on a green looking deck.
The decision looked to be a good one as Dulwich were soon reduced to 16 for 2 after a tight spell from Malden’s opening seamers. Gaz Cornick then consolidated well but wickets continued to fall at the other end until Cornick was trapped infront of all three and was out LBW for 69. With 8 overs still to bat, Pettigrew joined skipper Reid at the crease with Dulwich floundering on 159 for 8. A determined and sensible partnership of 57, led by a crucial 36 not out from skipper Reid with his beautiful new bat striking the ball poetically, meant Dulwich were able to set a competitive total of 216 off their alloted 50 overs.
Malden started their chase watchfully and Dulwich’s new ball pair, Bobby and Bridgland, settled on tight and excellent lines, restricting the openers to 38 off the first 18 overs. As the batsmen increased the pace of their chase, this brought chances, and despite Dulwich not being able to take advantage of all of these, Malden were still restricted to only 110 for 2 after 30 overs.
Pettigrew continued where the opening pair had left off by frequently passing the outside edge and forcing nicks that didn’t go to hand, and was unlucky to only claim one wicket. The game turned with the introduction of Gaz Cornick (3 wickets) and Tom Peacock (4 wickets) who both bowled superbly by taking the pace off the ball to run through Malden’s middle order and tail, eventually wrapping up their innings with the score on 193, leaving Dulwich with a winning margin of 23 runs.
Overall it was a satisfying start to the season with all players involved, and importantly it was a match that required the team to muscle down, show application and work hard for the win. There were some great positives – camaraderie and support within the team was high and no bowling extras were given away throughout Malden’s innings – but we’ll be looking for more from the batsmen and sharper fielding over the forthcoming tough fixtures.