Sat 4th June – 6th XI v Sidcup

Sidcup 198-8 beat Dulwich 163 all out

The sixth eleven were left to contemplate what might have been as they slipped to a third successive defeat  - this time against Sidcup’s fiths at DSG.  On a glorious early-June afternoon, skipper Craig called correctly for the first time this season and inserted the opposition.  Late call-ups weakened the batting a little, but saw sixth team debuts from Chris Ford and Joe Hale.

As has often been the case so far this season, dropped chances have been crucial in costing us games. Tevon Spencer (0-31) bowled a beautiful eight-over spell without any reward, though he was very unfortunate to see a good chance from opener Adrian Crust grassed when only a few runs were on the board.  He will bowl far worse spells for greater reward.

Matt Craig (1-21) bowled dependably, but was unable to make the breakthrough as both openers made themselves at home, apparently determined to cash in.  Newcomer Joe was introduced to the attack and bowled some good balls mixed with the odd wayward delivery which was punished – he was also unlucky as Crust tried to hook and hit it straight up in the air in the square as a transfixed fielder did not appear to want to move his legs a few yards to get in position before desperate urging from teammates seemed to wake him up, only for the ball to inevitably hit a bit of hand, then floor… sigh.

By drinks another 3 or 4 catches had gone down and the opposition were over the hundred mark with no wickets down at drinks.  Not ideal.  Scoring for the day, JL must have put something in the drinks as Dulwich mounted something of a comeback with Beechy (2-45) removing Crust for 68 and Stent for 40.  Tim Storey was next on to bowl and after an allsorts couple of overs bowled really well to rip out the next five batmen.  Dulwich even managed to start catching the ball, with 6 out of the 8 wickets caught.  180 was looking likely, but as Tim tired at the end of his spell, Sidcup punished some short stuff to finish on 198-8, with Tim the pick with 5-53.

The reply didn’t get off to the greatest start as Pratish Solanki was bowled for 4, but Chris Ford arrived at the crease and played positively.  Sadly, no one else was really able to stay with Chris who departed on 93-5, having made 48.  Sidcup used a number of promising youngsters along with the wily spin of Peter Newman who did most of the damage with 4-40.  Some lusty blows from Joe Hale and Matt Craig moved us nearer respectability, but in truth Dulwich were again well beaten, finishing 35 runs short.

With games against the top three sides out of the way, Dulwich will be looking significant improvement in the field and with the bat and to get some victories chalked up pronto!

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