Sat 25th June – 1st XI v Walton-on-Thames

Walton-on-Thames 80 (35.3) Dulwich 84-8 (47.2)

A fine bowling performance by Mark Kelly, well supported by Majeed Jehangir, enabled Dulwich to bowl out Walton-on-Thames for 80, but they found scoring no easier themselves and in a nail-biting finish, secured victory for the loss of 8 wickets in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 fixture.

Dulwich put their opponents into bat and reaped immediate reward when Kelly took two wickets in the first over.   Three more followed as Walton fell to 32-5 after 17 overs, with Kelly having taken 5 for just 16 runs off 9 overs.  Bilal Khan and keeper Arthur Vaughan provided stronger resistance, adding 36 for the 6th wicket in 13 overs.  Khan fell to Jehangir for 34, wherupon Vaughan and Madoc-Jones took the score to 79.  Vaughan fell to Kelly for 19 to spark a collapse in which the last 4 wickets fell for 1 run in 16 balls.  Jehangir took 3-17 off 6.3 overs. while Kelly bowled unchanged throughout the innings to return excellent figures of 18-7-37-7.  Walton were all out for 80 inside 36 overs.

The Dulwich reply also got off to a shaky start as both openers were dismissed inside  3 overs with only 6 runs on the board.  Jehangir and Nick Storey then took their side to tea on 18-2 after 9 overs, and continued after the break to reach 37 after 15.2 overs, when Storey became Jamie Barrow’s second wicket, stumped for 9.  Jehangir and James Soulsby added 11 in 8 overs, but the dismissal of Jehangir for 28 was quickly followed by Soulsby for a hard-fought single, to reduce Dulwich to 52-5 after 24.1 overs.

Kelly and James Balmforth responded positively, adding 17 in 2. overs, but wickets continued to fall.  Balmforth fell for 11 (of 12 balls), Joel Garthwaite went without scoring to make it 71-7 and Kelly fell for 12 (off 9 balls).  At 78-8, Arun Mahey proved up to the task, calmly scoring 2 to level the scores, and the hitting the next ball for 4 to secure victory. He and Chris Lester finished on 6 not out, while Barrow emulated Kelly by bowling unchanged throughout the innings to take 5-32 from 15.4 overs.

Dulwich’s win keeps them in second place.  Next week, they visit Old Emanuel.

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