Sat 14th May – 6th XI v Bexley

Dulwich 185-9 beat Bexley 157-9 by 28 runs

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A much changed line up (including the welcome return of Richard Beeching after long-term injury), saw 6 changes from last week’s close defeat to Blackheath and the return of skipper JL to lead the troops against Bexley’s fifths at Waring Park. The predicted weather and the park keeper wanting to lock up at 7pm meant a 40 over aside game was agreed.  John proceeded to lose the toss and Dulwich were inserted on a reasonable looking wicket that proved to be unpredictable. Peter Rice fell early for a blob, but newcomer Matt Ball played a tremendous attacking innings, putting on 70 for the second wicket with Malcolm Persaud until the latter was unluckily adjudged to have been LBW for 25 just as he was accelerating nicely.

Another new player, Julian Dean played aggressively from the start and looked to rotate the strike, only to fall attempting to loft the bowler back over his head. He was quickly followed by Rochy who was undone by some low bounce attempting a pull shot.  Steve Johns and Matt kept things moving, putting on a nice little 40 partnership, before Matt was bowled for 73 trying to guide the ball to third man with 9 overs left. Steve played a couple of nice cut shots and moved on to 27 before some aggressive intent from Beechy and the lower order saw us to a healthy 185-9.

A rather blustery, but satisfying picnic tea was consumed before Matty Craig and Dave O’Higgins (5-1-16-0) took the new ball. Both bowled tidily without managing the breakthrough and the Bexley openers began to look increasingly dangerous. The introduction of Beechy provided the break through, bowling opener James for 32 with the score on 53. Dave ‘Foxy’ Hawes (6-1-27-1) then found some extra bounce to remove Dixon in the next over, with JL taking the looping catch in the slips.

Bexley continued to fall behind the rate as Beechy gave little away and bowled straight through to finish with 10-2-29-1 on his return. Following on from last week’s five wicket haul, expectations were high as Steve was introduced to the attack. After a first over that could generously be described as ‘profound filth’, Steve’s began to find his range – his gentle hand grenades cashing in on Matt (10 -2 26-1) ending a second fifty partnership with the score on 108-3. Rochy stumped the number 4 on the same score with another close stumping call and two catches being floored in the same over.

Several chances came, as the young heart of the opposition couldn’t resist having a go at the flight and guile proffered by Mr Johns. Rochy executed a second stumping to get rid of opposition skipper Griggs, an LBW followed and an excellent couple of catches were taken in the deep by Julian with another by Malcolm at mid-on. Steve helped himself to a successive five-fer, finishing with 6-49 while Bexley finished 28 runs short.

A good response to last week’s disappointment. Next up, Orpington 3rd’s!

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