17 May: The League starts well

The League season starts well

Tim’s weekly update below. See photos and match reports from selected games for more detailed coverage 


Firsts v Old Emanuel 7 May 2011
Firsts v Old Emanuel 7 May 2011

Thursday 12 May – A great start to the Surrey Championship Season with wins for all of our top four sides.

The Firsts at home against Old Emanuel scored 200-7 on the board.  After 10 overs 35-4 and then Farrow, Soulsby (57), Savill (76 partnership with Soulsby) and Kelly all batted sensibly to recover the position.  The Old Emanuel innings mirrored ours, 89 for 7 in the 31st over then another fightback eventually ended 17 runs short.  Early wickets from Savill and Lester, tight bowling by Mark Kelly and Majeed Jehangir (2wkts on debut) set the position up and James Soulsby finished the game in fine style.   Rare to get 4 wins – a habit worth forming!

The Twos travelled to Malden Wanderers and were inserted on a green looking deck.  Gareth Cornick continued his form (69) and late order resistance from Reid and Pettigrew took us to 216.  The early bowlers then kept Malden Wanderers quiet.  Gareth Cornick (3 wkts) and Tom Peacock (4 wkts) ran through the middle order and tail as we won by 23 runs.  No extras given away – a really good sign.

The Threes bowled well to restrict Spencer to 144 with Rob Miley (3wkts on debut) and Houghy (2 for 15 off 10)  just the pick in a good all round bowling display.  A nervous chase as we were 41-5 and 89-8 but Abu Arabi (61*) and Pritchard (15*) got us home.

The Fours at Spencer kept them to 127 all out in the 37th over (Campbell 4 wkts, Rezaul Haque 3) and then got them 6 down (53 from Charlie Kemp).

In the Kent Regional League the Fives were abandoned (under review) and were able to watch the 1sts win.  The Sixes lost a close game to Blackheath Ninths!  Alan Edwards 51 of 138 all out and Steve Johns 5 wickets the highlights. 

On Sunday we lost in the National Knock Out to a strong Beddington team.  After late team changes we kept Beddington to 219 all out.  Farrow opening the bowling with Iftikhar!  Chasing late inclusion Joel Garthwaite top scored with 61 but we fell 13 runs short with 1 wicket left. 

The Ladies home to Margate (72 all out with wickets shared) had a comfortable win by 8 wkts.  No stand outs just a great team effort!

The Sunday 2s lost to a strong Dulwich Kingstone side with the highlight a rare appearance by Dulwich legend Stewart Harmer.

The Sunday 3s also lost.

Dulwich @ Alleyns & Honor Oak, Tuesday Dulwich @ Alleyns & Honor Oak, Tuesday

On Tuesday night we won our first ever Twenty20 cup game against local rivals Alleyn & Honor Oak a run out on the last ball to win by 1. Some pics here>>

In the Colts we had wins for the U13s (Dulwich 114-5, Tadworth 76-5, Michael Slade 30*, Alfie Miller 21, Ben Swanson 3-4, Alfie Sealey 2-6).

The U11s Cup H v Kenley – Dulwich 256 and Kenley just short, Man of the match Sam Moody 2-6 pushed by Til Ewart 21 and keeper Tom Needen.

The U10 NEC Cup v Purley – Dulwich 290- 5, then good in the field 5 run outs, 5 bowled, 4 catches and a stumping, Edgar Beck and Roohullah Abba sharing man of the match honours.

The U9s – EAHO 212-9, Max Swanson 2 for 3, James Chapman 2 for 4, Dulwich 335-3, Conor Moody 18, Christian Freeman 16 – read report>>

NB some of these games the team starts on 200 as runs are lost for wickets taken. 

Last week the U13B’s won (against AHO by 22 runs, Sammy Edwards 31*, Waheeb Hussaini 2-9).   I don’t yet have the U15s result.

By my reckoning that is 11 wins, 1 abandoned, 4 losses with some good team performances and some lessons to be learnt to get even stronger.  Well done all!

 Tim Brown

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