Sat 2nd Jun – 1st XI v Brook
BROOK 216 (57.4) lost to DULWICH 219-8 (56.3) by 2 wickets
A fine recovery spearheaded by Chris Lester saw Dulwich through to a 2 wicket victory in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at home to Brook.
Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, and got off to an excellent start as Tom Savill struck in the first over. The seamers were unable to effect a further breakthrough, however, as the 2nd wicket pair added 93. It fell to leg spinner Arun Mahey to take the next 3 wickets and reduce Brook to 117-4 after 28 overs. Mahey was joined in the attack by left armer Levi Olver, and together the two spinners worked their way through the rest of the innings. Stands of 31 for the 5th wicket and 28 for the 6th were followed by a collapse that saw Brook lose 4 wickets for only 12 runs in 10 overs, declining from 176-5 to 188-9. A spirited last wicket stand of 28 lifted the score to 216 off 57.4 overs. Mahey ended the innings to finish with 5-65 off 20.4 overs, while Olver took 4-36 off 12.
Richard Farrow and Ed Carlton launched the Dulwich innings confidently, but the loss of Farrow for 14 (off 30 balls), Carlton for 26 (at a run a ball), and skipper Anil Mahey (to a remarkable rebound catch) saw them reduced to 49-3 after 14 overs. James Price was then joined by Simon May in a stand of 79 for the 4th wicket before May fell for 38, off 45 balls. Price's dismissal for 61 (off 66 balls) was the first of 3 wickets to fall for 3 runs as Dulwich declined to 147-7 after 33.1 overs. With 70 still needed Brook had high hopes of victory, but Chris Lester and keeper James Balmforth dug in sensibly and gradually increased the scoring rate. The pair had added 44 for the 8th wicket in 15.4 overs when Balmforth fell for a dogged 14, off 47 balls. This was the second week in a row that he had taken part in a crucial 8th wicket stand. Lester was joined by Olver with 26 still needed, and together they knocked them off in 7.4 overs. Lester finished with 42, off 69 balls, and Olver with 16 off 25.
Dulwich's second successive win lifts them four places to 5th in the table. They will be hoping to continue their winning run next week away to Purley, who have replaced them in 9th place.