Sat 2nd June – 6th XI v Mottingham
DULWICH 170 for 8 (46 overs) BEAT MOTTINGHAM 139 (44.2 overs) by 31 runs
On a weekend when the nation celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, another momentous event took place just off Dulwich’s very own Mall (Turney Road, that is!), at the Dulwich Sports Ground last Saturday. Peter Rice’s cricketing career at Dulwich may not quite match the longevity of Her Majesty’s reign, being five years shorter, but an innings of 56 against Mottingham took him past the milestone of 30,000 runs for the club.
Dulwich were invited to take first knock after the visitors won the toss, and Rice along with fellow opener Malcolm Persaud got the side off to a slow but steady start against some challenging Mottingham bowling. They put on 48 before the junior partner departed for 22 in the 21st over of the innings. A solid platform had been built, but the departure of Greg Bond and Tony Ebert, neither of whom troubled the scorers, either side of the drinks interval, threatened to dismantle the innings. However, Rice then found a more than useful ally in Finbarr O’Connor and the pair not only regained the initiative but also stepped up the scoring rate.
Shortly after reaching his half-century, Rice past his historic landmark and the occasion was appropriately marked with generous applause, not only from his team-mates on the boundary’s edge but also the sporting fielders.
A few runs later Rice was bowled for 56, but young O’Connor continued on his merry way before being run out for a sparkling 45, an innings which included six fours and a six. Vice-captain Matt Craig added a useful 20 and by the end of their allotted 46 overs, Dulwich had reached a commendable total of 170 for 8.
Mottingham made a good start to their run chase with opening bat Craig Stevens threatening a big score. Joe Hale eventually made the breakthrough, having the other opener caught behind by Peter Rochford, the first of three catches for the veteran stumper. Stevens then went for 28, also caught behind, after getting tucked up trying to pull a short ball from Finbarr O’Connor, and another youngster, Luke Connor, picked up a wicket during a tidy spell. Batsmen numbers four to eight all got into double figures as the Mottingham innings progressed, but they fell behind the required run rate as the ever-reliable Matt Craig and spinner Tony Ebert tightened the screw. Craig was unlucky not to claim at least a couple of wickets during seven economical overs, but it was Ebert who turned in a match-winning spell, taking 5-29 in 12 overs, four of his victims being clean bowled. Pace bowler Rehan Malik returned to wrap up the innings, with two wickets in as many balls, to leave Dulwich victors by a 31-run margin.