Sat 2nd June – 2nd XI v Epsom
EPSOM 225-9 beat DULWICH 145 by 80 runs
The match began with a slow procession through the streets of Epsom cheered on by scores of race goers bedecked in their glad rags.
The game opened with the thoroughbred James Bridgland producing a first class opening stint of 14 overs for a measly 35 runs and picked up 2 wickets. (Surprisingly?) acrobatic fielding from Steve Hale off the bowling of Bobby brought about the key wicket of their opener just as he was beginning to play some shots and gather momentum. Tighter bowling and sharper fielding in the first 20 overs meant that the odds were definitely in our favour and punters were flocking to back us as Epsom were reduced to 97-6. However, like Devon Loch this early lead was bafflingly overturned.
Lady luck certainly smiled on Epsom’s lower order as they swung, slogged and largely edged their way to 225-9 from 54 overs- at least 75 more than they should have scored.
Dulwich’s reply never really got out of the starting gates as a succession of batsmen drove loosely, resulting in 5 catches for the Epsom keeper. At 61-7 bookies were paying out for an Epsom win before Bridgeland and Gareth Cornick put together an impressive partnership of 81, never looking troubled and showing the top order how to bat on the surface. However, despite their heroic rearguard effort the draw fell agonisingly out of reach with the last three wickets falling with one over to bat out for the draw.