Sat 9th July – 1st XI v Leatherhead

Leatherhead 209-9 declared (52 overs) beat Dulwich 71 all out by 138 runs

Dulwich were thoroughly outplayed in challenging conditions in their Ryman Championship Division Two match at Leatherhead and went down to a 138 run defeat. Dulwich put their opponents in on a damp pitch but failed to get an early breakthrough as Conor Brewer and Mike Nichol put on 54 for the first wicket in 12.4 overs. Mark Kelly having conceded 36 off his first 6.3 overs, then took the first four wickets in eight overs at a cost of only 12 runs. Skipper Matt Joplin with 42 off 65 balls and Joe Peak with 47 off 73 steered their side to a declaration on 209-9 off 52 overs. Kelly had returned to take a fifth wicket to finish with 5-91 off 21 overs whilst Majeed Jehangir took 2-62 and Levi Olver 1-28. Keeper James Balmforth took three catches and Arun Mahey held two good catches in the outfield (plus a third off a no ball).

Leatherhead started with the old ball and got immediate reward when Raj Tulsiani fell in the first over and Jehangir in the sixth over to leave Dulwich on 3-2.  Steve Hale, with 15 and Nick Storey (18) consolidated, adding 33 for the third wicket in just over twelve overs. However the dismissal of both batsmen and skipper, Anil Mahey reduced them to 42-5 after 22 overs. With the pitch crumbling, Dulwich’s only aim was survival. James Soulsby set himself to see out the rest of the innings but wickets fell regularly at the other end with only a cameo innings of 18 off 24 balls by Levi Olver punctuated the gloom. Soulsby survived for seventy five balls for his 5 not out but the last eight wickets fell for only 35 runs in 25 overs as Dulwich were dismissed for 71 in 43.2 overs. Left arm spinner Matthew Roberts bowled unchanged throughout the innings to take 5-21 off 22 overs.

This defeat pushes Dulwich back into second place. Next week they entertain the new leaders Valley End. Anil Mahey and his team mates will be hoping to gain a victory to restore them to the top of the table.

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