Sat 2nd July – 1st XI v Old Emanuel

Old Emanuel 166 (51.4)  Dulwich 169-6 (47.2)

Dulwich went top of the table in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship with a 4 wicket victory at Old Emanuel.

Dulwich put their opponents into bat and reaped immediate reward as Chris Lester and Majeed Jehangir took a wicket apiece to reduce the opposition to 5-2 after 3 overs. Kaushal Dewara joined Arvind Maan to add 68 for the 3rd wicket in 18.3 overs.  Legspinner Arun Mahey removed Dewara for 40 (from 53 balls) and followed up with the wicket of Harry Cranshaw for 12 (off 16 balls).  Maan continued to hold up one end as Levi Olver’s slow left-arm worked its way through the lower order, taking the next four wickets to finish with 4-30 from 10 overs.  Jehangir returned to dismiss skipper Dave Debidin and with John Opie unable to bat after breaking a finger in a pre-match accident, Old Emanuel were dismissed for 166.  Maan carried his bat for a painstaking 68* off a mammoth 143 balls, leaving Dulwich with 48 overs to chase down the target.

Maan then opened the bowling and bowled unchanged throughout the Dulwich innings!  Debidan opted for spin from both ends, with Dewara bowling the first 20 overs from the other end.  Most made a start, but none was able to force the pace, with Raj Tulsiani making 12 off 42 balls, Ed Matten 15 from 47 balls, Jehangir 21 off 38, Nick Storey 34 off 63 and James Balmforth 2 off 20.  Skipper Anil Mahey dropped down the order and batted with a runner after injuring his back in the field.  He joined Lester with the score on 93-5 after 36 overs and with only three coming from the next two, Dulwich need 71 from the last 10, a much higher rate than anything achieved before in the match.  Both batsmen now went for their shots, adding 22 in the next 4.2 overs before Lester fell for 11 from 15 balls.  James Soulsby then joined his captain and together they added 54 in 7 overs to secure victory with 4 balls to spare.  Mahey finished on 43 from 36 balls and Soulsby, 25 from 23.  Maan’s marathon stint ended with 4-68 off 24 overs and Dewara, 2-73 from 21.

Next week, Dulwich travel to Leatherhead and will be hoping to retain their lead at the top of the division.

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