Sat 18th June – 1st XI v Esher

Dulwich 154-6 (39) Esher 98-8 (32)

Dulwich had much the better of their rain-affected match at Esher in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship, but were unable to force a victory and had to settle for a winning draw.

Dulwich were put in to bat and had reached 5 from 3.2 overs when a cloudburst sent the players running for the pavillion and caused a delay of 99 minutes. On resumption, openers Anil Mahey and Steve Hale, took their stand to 31 off 9 overs before Hale fell for 11. Mahey then added 36 in 12 overs with Majeed Jehangir without undue problems before a remarkable over by Khurran Irsha saw Mahey bowled for 37, Mark Kelly lbw second ball and James Soulsby bowled first ball. Nick Storey defended the hat trick ball succesfully before he and Jehangir added 62 in 10.3 overs for the 5th wicket. Jehangir fell for 51 off 74 balls, his 4th 50 in 5 innings (the one “failure” being a 49). Storey went on to reach 34 from 46 balls and James Balmforth and Chris Lester saw Dulwich to 154-6 before skipper Mahey declared.

Esher were left with 32 overs to get the runs and were quickly in trouble when Kelly struck in his second over to reduce them to 11-1, however John  Woolhead counter attacked vigorously adding 52 runs with Alex Szepietowksi in 10.4 overs for the 2nd wicket. At 63 – 1 after 13 overs Esher were well placed to push for victory, but Woolhead’s dismissal – lbw to Arshad Iftikhar for 34 off 38 balls – sparked a colapse in which 5 wickets fell for 4 runs in 5.1 overs. Kelly and Iftikhar each took 2 wickets in this spell with Kelly finishing with figures of 3-44 from 11 and Iftikhar 3-11 off 6. Jehangir then took a wicket in each of his first two overs to reduce Esher to 88-8 after 24.2 overs. With 7.4 overs to go Dulwich were chasing an unlikely victory but Chris Kane and keeper Grant Meadows successfully blocked out the remaining overs to leave Esher on 98-8 after 32 overs..

The winning draw keeps Dulwich in 2nd place ahead of next week’s game against Walton on Thames.