Sat 9th Jun – 1st XI v Purley
PURLEY 54 (45.5) lost to DULWICH 56-0 (18.3) by 10 wickets
Dulwich bowled their hosts out for only 54 and cruised to a 10 wicket victory in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 clash at Purley.
Dulwich put their opponents in to bat and Tom Savill and Mark Kelly exerted a stranglehold on the Purley batsmen from the start. Only 6 runs had been scored in the first 6 overs when 2 wickets fell in 2 balls, the first to a run out and the second caught behind off Savill. The score had advanced to only 13 in the 15th over when Savill struck again, having the obdurate John Fry well caught by Sunil Mahey at cover after scoring 7 off 45 balls. Savill's spell ended after 10 overs with 2-7. Kelly continued for 16 overs, bowling 12 maidens (8 of them consecutive) and conceding only 14 runs, while being unlucky not to take a wicket after beating the bat several times. South African OP James Price then took over, taking the next six wickets for 29 runs in a 13 over spell. These included former Surrey coach Keith Medlycott, who was also dismissed for 7 after facing a mammoth 68 balls. Chris Lester also bowled tightly, conceding only 3 runs off 6.5 overs, and chipped in with the last wicket as Purley were all out for 54 in the 46th over. The bowlers were well supported by an excellent fielding display, exemplified by stand-in keeper Simon May who took 3 catches and did not concede a bye.
Richard Farrow and Ed Carlton launched the Dulwich innings against Purley bowlers who occasionally beat the bat but were unable to exert the same pressure as their Dulwich counterparts. Carlton went on the attack, scoring 44 off 69 balls, while Farrow gave solid support with 8 off 44. The two openers knocked off the runs in 18.3 overs without being parted to secure victory by ten wickets.
This was Dulwich's third successive victory and lifts them to fourth in the table. Next week they face a sterner challenge, away to third placed Ashtead.