Sat 23rd July – 1st XI v Farnham
Farnham 182 all out (51.5 overs) beat Dulwich 99 all out by 83 runs
A poor batting display saw Dulwich fall to an 83 run defeat in their Ryman Championship Division Two fixture at Farnham. The hosts chose to bat but lost their first three wickets for 53 in 18 overs. Chris Lester struck twice while conceding only 21 runs off ten overs, and Mark Kelly gave good support with 1-37 off eleven overs. Australian Ian Higgins with 79 off 109 balls and Tom Caines (39 off 78) then added 98 for the third wicket to take Farnham to 151-3 in the 43rd over. Higgins’ dismissal lbw to Majeed Jehangir then sparked a collapse in which the last seven wickets fell for 31 runs in 9.1 overs. Jehangir took a second wicket to finish with 2-38 off 15 overs. The other five wickets all fell to James Soulsby who took 3-21 and ran out the other two with direct hits. Farnham were dismissed for 182 off the last ball of the fifty first over.
In reply skipper Anil Mahey and Ed Matten saw off the opening bowlers to put on 38 for the first wicket in eighteen overs. Local teacher Matten was dismissed for 13 which sparked a collapse with all ten wickets falling for 61 runs in just twenty three overs. Mahey was run out for 39 off 86 balls. Jehangir and keeper James Balmforth were both adjudged caught close to the wicket whilst the other batsman unerringly picked out fielders in the outfield. Only Kelly of the last batsmen with eleven runs to his name made double figures as Dulwich were dismissed for 99 in the forty second over.
Despite their defeat, Dulwich stay in second place and will be hoping to return to winning ways next week at home to bottom of the table Epsom.