Sat 14th May – 1st XI v Valley End

Valley End 195 all out beat Dulwich 168 all out by 27 runs

Dulwich paid their first ever visit to newly promoted Valley End in the Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2, but went down to defeat by 27 runs.

Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, a decision which immediately paid dividends with Tom Savill taking a wicket in his first over for the second week in a row. Chris Peploe then went on the attack, striking Savill for 5 fours in 2 overs. Valley End then raced to 66 runs from the first 133 overs before Peploe was dismissed for 43 from just 39 balls by Majeed Jehangir. The wicket sparked a collapse in which 5 wickets fell for just 22 runs in 10 overs with Jehangir taking 3 more to give him 4-19 off his first 8 overs. Mark Kelly took the other wicket to fall in an unchanged spell of 10 overs for 32 runs.

 Andy Newbery led Valley End’s recovering sharing partnerships of 33 with skipper Keith Fisher, 42 with Alex MacQueen (who scored a quickfire 20 at a run a ball) and with Calum Pilcher before being last out for 52 off 72 balls. Jehangir finished with 5-37, Savill ended with 3-46 and Christ Lester took the last wicket as just reward for a spell of 1-22 from 8.1 overs. Valley End were all out for 195 off 47.1 overs.

Dulwich’s reply got off to a shaky start when Stuart Johnson dismissed both openers to reduce the batting side to 22-2 after 8.1 overs. Jehangir, with a run a ball 26, helped lift Dulwich to 60-3 after 16.1 overs before a bizarre dismissal saw him bowled and hit wicket with the same shot. Most of Dulwich’s remaining batsmen got starts, with 6 of them reaching double figures, but none of them was able to build an innings with James Soulsby’s 20 the highest score. Dulwich subsided to 168 all out in the 47th over to lose by 27 runs.

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