Sat 20th Aug – 1st XI v Worcester Park

DULWICH 236-7 (50 overs), WORCESTER PARK 87 (18.1 overs)

An unbeaten century by Majeed Jehangir, his second hundred in successive weeks, set Dulwich up for an extraordinary 41 run victory in a rain-affected Ryman Surrey Championship match at Worcester Park last Saturday.

Dulwich chose to bat, but had lost three wickets for 35 when rain drove the players from the field after 12 overs. The rain continued for two hours, and it took a superhuman effort by the home groundsman and players to enable a resumption at 4pm. Under the 50/50 rules the Dulwich innings was to continue for the full 50 overs. Jehangir and Richard Farrow added 38 before Farrow, returning after injury, fell for 9 with the score on 73. James Balmforth concentrated on defence at first to ensure another wicket did not fall, but gradually accelerated to take his score to 26 in a partnership of 108 in 20.3 overs with Jehangir, their second century partnership in successive weeks. James Soulsby added 17 off 14 balls, scoring off every ball he received, and 46 runs came off the last five overs as Dulwich closed on 236-7. Jehangir’s contribution was 133 not out, made off only 142 balls, and takes his league aggregate to 743 at an average of 57.15.

Worcester Park were left with 20 overs to bat, with a target of 129. Skipper Rob Waite started positively, scoring 14 off 15 balls, but fell to Chris Lester with the score on 21 off 3.5 overs. Only six runs came off the next three overs before a remarkable last over by Lester produced two wickets plus a run out to reduce Worcester Park to 36-4 after eight overs, Lester finishing with 3-22 off his four overs. Joe Hill and Gary Marshall took the score to 50 before both fell to catches by Nick Storey in successive balls, off Zakir Rostami and Arun Mahey respectively. Only Scott Kent, with 21 off 12 balls, provided any further threat before falling to Mark Kelly with the score on 74. Jehangir then capped a fine all-round performance by taking 3-5 off 2.1 overs as Worcester Park were dismissed for 87 in 18.1 overs.

Dulwich’s victory keeps them in top place, and they will be hoping for a fifth consecutive win this Saturday at home to Leatherhead.

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