Sat 6th Aug – 1st XI v Walton-on-Thames

Dulwich 134-3 beat Walton on Thames 133 all out by seven wickets

Dulwich dismissed their opponents and cruised to a seven wicket victory in their Ryman Championship Division Two fixture at Walton on Thames.

An unexpected injury to skipper Anil Mahey led to Majid Jehangir leading the Dulwich team for the first time and he lost his first toss of the coin. The home side chose to bat first but were immediately pushed on to the back foot as Mark Kelly and Chris Lester both took a wicket in their first over. They followed up with another wicket apiece to reduce Walton to 9-4 after seven overs. Another wicket each made it 29-6 off seventeen overs. Kelly bowled his ten overs straight through to take 3-10 while Lester came off after eight overs with figures of 3-17.

Local school teacher, Levi Olver took the seventh wicket to leave Walton 42-7 at the halfway stage. Tom Urry lead a Walton recovery making 46 off 101 balls sharing stands of 36 for the eight wicket with home skipper John Fosbraey ( making 20 off 43 balls) and 54 for the last wicket with Jimmy Newell (17 not out off 40 balls). Urry was run out off the last ball having taken Walton to 133.

Olver dismissed Forbraey to finish with 2-20 off his ten overs while Arun Mahey also got a wicket taking 1-24 off seven overs. Mahey also took the run out off the last ball whilst seventeen year old Euan Johnson was outstanding in the field saving runs and boundaries and taking two excellent catches.

After tea, the Walton opening pair made good use of the conditions as Tom Deasy and Stuart Ferguson set themselves to avoid a similar collapse. The first six overs were all maidens but the batsmen then took advantage of some looser overs to add momentum taking their partnership to 62 off eighteen overs. University student Deacy’s dismissal for 36 off 55 balls was soon followed by Ferguson for 26 off 74 balls. Nick Storey fell for seven at 87-3 just after the halfway stage. However keeper James Balmforth joined his skipper Majeed Jehangir and together they knocked off the remaining runs in just seven overs. Jehangir made 36 off 45 balls whilst Balmforth rattled 19 off 18 balls – the only batsman in the match to score at more than a run a ball.

Dulwich’s victory keeps them in second place and they will be hoping for a similar result when they entertain Esher at home.

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