Sat 12th May – 1st XI v Old Whitgiftians
DULWICH 167 (41.4) lost to OLD WHITGIFTIANS 171-3 (34.3) by 7 wickets
After 3 consecutive Saturdays with no play, including their first league match of the season at home to Valley End, Dulwich finally got onto the pitch in their second Ryman Surrey Championship match, away to Old Whitgiftians. This was the first match they had managed to play since their return to Division 1, but unfortunately they had the worst of the conditions and went down to a 7 wicket defeat.
Dulwich were put into bat on a slow wicket, and lost their first five wickets for only 40 runs in 15 overs, with only their new overseas player James Price, who made 16, reaching double figures. Richard Farrow dug in, adding 38 for the 6th wicket with Gareth Cornick, who made 12, and 33 for the 8th wicket with Chris Lester. Farrow's dismissal for a doughty 37 off 76 balls reduced Dulwich to 111-8 after 31 overs. Lester however had already started to launch a counter-attack, and raced to his 50 off only 30 balls. He was well supported by Levi Olver as they added 52 in 10 overs for the 9th wicket to give some respectability to the Dulwich score. Lester fell for 55 and Olver for 15 as Dulwich were eventually dismissed for 167 after 41.4 overs.
The Old Whits reply was launched by Australian OP Jonathan Morey and 16 year old keeper Matt Stiddard, who added 44 for the 1st wicket in 12.1 overs. Lester and Price took a wicket apiece to reduce them to 54-2, but any hopes of a Dulwich fight-back were thwarted by Ahmad Raza and Murtaza Hussain who added 90 for the 3rd wicket. Hussain fell to Tom Savill for 38, scored at a run a ball, but Raza, with 56 not out, in company with his brother Ali, saw Old Whits through to victory.
Dulwich will be hoping that this early defeat was due to rustiness caused by the lack of play, and will be looking for a better performance next week away to Spencer.