Sun 8th May – 2nd XI v Dulwich Kingstone
The Sunday twos were weakened by several players being called up for the 1st team cup game and came up against a strong batting side in Dulwich Kingstone.
The highlight of the day was the presence on the pitch of Dulwich legend and quiet man Stewart Harmer. Stewart had the misfortune to find himself at the bar on a Saturday night when JL and others were chasing players to fulfil our fixtures the next day. His resolve weakened by the location he was in Stewart eventually succumbed to the persuasive tactics. The final tipping point being that Sunday was the first day that the DSG bar was open. The tom-toms started and many from around the club were fascinated to see the rare outing.
Skipper Brown won the toss and decided that we should bat first and make the most of the experienced Harmer. Openers Jay Mahey and Trevor Griffiths did not last long and soon Tarun joined them back in the pavilion. Three down and Stewart was pacing about, padded up and preparing himself for the battle ahead. Two good innings from Imran Afzal and Umar Asif delayed the excitement but did get us back on the road to a defendable total. Eventually the moment came – some fine shots, some mistimed shots, an up and over slips dab, an all run three, a barge into the wicket keeper and many more exciting moments came and went as Stewart ticked up a score of 17 and went ahead of Brown, Blackford and Begg in aggregate runs for the season. Many people were rearranging their diaries and availability as Stewart brought the crowds back to cricket.
Excitement over we steadily built up the runs with partnerships all the way down the order (Begg, Junaid, Brown all chipping in) as we finished on 195-9 off our 40 overs. Not bad given the 30 for 3 after 10.
We started bowling with confidence but after an early wicket the 2nd partnership took the game out of our reach with a 60 odd and an 80 odd they got the “other Dulwich” into a really strong position. Peter Beck bowled well and Umar Asif showed some pace although was a little down legside. Muhammed Junaid bowled reasonably tightly in the middle of the innings. David Begg is one of the biggest competitors in the club and it was only in a fine spell of bowling – 9 overs, 1 maiden 3 wickets for 17 that any pressure was put upon the opposition. He even managed to get an old rival out bowled with the Doosra! Despite a fine second spell from Umar and a smart catch by S Harmer we were always up against it.
Two very good bats but with our wayward bowling and loose fielding we did not make it hard enough for them as they won by 4 wickets. The Bar was opened.