Sat 26th May – 1st XI v Cheam
CHEAM 234-9 (50) lost to DULWICH 238-8 (49.5) by 2 wickets
A superb unbeaten century by Richard Farrow guided Dulwich to a 2 wicket victory over Cheam, giving them their first win since their return to Division 1 of the Ryman Surrey Championship.
Cheam chose to bat and scored 234-9 off their 50 overs, spearheaded by a belligerent 68 off 54 balls by Paul Cohen. Pick of the bowlers was South African OP James Price, who took 4-19 off his 10 overs. Chris Lester, with 1-31 off his 10 overs, also bowled tightly. The remaining wickets fell to Charlie Leonard and Arun Mahey, who picked up two each.
Farrow opened the innings, putting on 15 for the first wicket with Ed Carlton, who made 6, and 33 for the second with skipper Anil Mahey, who made 16. He was then joined by Price, who scored 59 off 47 balls in a partnership of 99 for the 3rd wicket, before being run out going for an ambitious third run. His dismissal was the first of five which fell for only 19 runs, reducing Dulwich to 166-7. The rot was stopped by keeper James Balmforth, who gave Farrow excellent support as they steadily knocked off the runs. The pair had added 62 for the 8th wicket when Balmforth was bizarrely dismissed Obstructing the Field off the second ball of the last over, having scored 24 off 26 balls. 7 runs were needed off the last 4 balls, but a 4 and 1 to Farrow, punctuated by a wide, levelled the scores, and Leonard calmly struck his first ball for 4 to give his side victory with a ball to spare. Farrow remained undefeated on 105, scored off 154 balls.
This victory lifts Dulwich off the bottom of the table, and they will be looking to carry this improved form into the longer format next week, which they start by entertaining the new bottom club Brook.