Sat 14th May – 5th XI v Catford Wanderers

After last week’s abandonment, which has since been confirmed as being for shared points, the fives were ready to play. Our consistent selection policy being tested by high availability meant 10 (yes, 10) changes and a strong side on paper. The Surrey 4s had been called off so a few who might have been disappointed with the selection at least got a game of cricket.

Being our first outing in the league we were unsure what to expect from the opposition but suspected that Catford Wanderers would be aggressive with the bat. We lost the toss and were asked to bowl in cold, windy and overcast conditions. Mangal Nasiri and Simon Bailey opened the bowling and both started reasonably well. We took a couple of early wickets but also dropped a very tough chance at slip. The comment was more that four runs had been saved.

Their opener stuck around and each batsmen who came to the crease seemed to have a lot of bottom hand and a desire to smack the ball to the boundary. Veryan Boscawen replaced a tiring Mangal and the skipper replaced the steady (left handed Matt Craig) Bailey. Veryan created chances and Tim tied the batsmen in knots to start with. But at drinks with three down a score of 200 plus looked likely.

After drinks they got a hold of Brown and destroyed his figures. Stefan Begg under the watchful eye of his father (umpiring on their day off from playing) mixed some unplayable good balls with some unplayable bad balls. We then returned to the Bailey and Nasiri show as we got their one batsmen who wanted to play a long innings out and then quickly demolished the lower order. 4 for 46 for Mangal, 3 wkts in a tight 12 overs for Simon Bailey , 2 for Stefan and 1 for Veryan. A pretty good bowling effort to bowl them out for 166 although the fielding could have been a little better. Sam Taylor being a calm efficient presence behind the stumps.

Alan Edwards was unable to open the innings as he had a suspected broken finger (x rays later showed that the digit was not broken but was still pretty sore as lots of people tried to help by pushing,prodding and tapping). That gave an early chance to Aled Griffiths on debut to show his ability. A few nice square cuts but then Aled was lbw to a ball that didn’t bounce much. Welcome to Dulwich pitches where you need to get forward.

Tom Bale then did the same, looked good and then got out to what he described as a not very good shot (the words have been changed slightly to protect more sensitive readers). Manish Nanda had opened and was joined by Tarun Mahey and they started to exert some dominance.

Manish made 39 and then departed with the third honest summary by an outgoing batsmen. Rare in this day and age I thought people never thought they were out or that it might be their fault!!

Veryan then joined Tarun with almost 90 required and they both batted very well to make sure we had an easy win by 7 wickets. Tarun ended up on 59 not out as he made his first of hopefully many fifties At the club. Playing very patiently but also dispatching the bad ball. Veryan weighed in with 39 not out in a partnership to complete a strong all round performance.

Thanks to David and Prasanna Callaghan who umpired.

Next week the other Catford away.

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