Sat 23rd June – 4th XI v S&M CC

STREATHAM & MARLBOROUGH 100 lost to DULWICH 103-1 by 9 wickets


Dulwich 4th XI travelled the short distance down Lordship Lane to Streatham and Marlborough – for a local derby. Following an 8 wicket win against Cheam the previous week, the 4s went one better with a 9 wicket win in this game. (Quick highlights from the previous week versus Cheam:- Prasanna Callaghan – 5 for 26. He could have had more if it wasn't for the No Balls

– All (well most) Dulwich batsmen taking a liking to the score of 18

– An amusing runout where Andy Bailey was outrun by Charlie Kemp

– Blowy conditions

– All in all, a good solid strong performance with few negatives)

So, onto S&M. A few changes in team makeup from the Cheam game. Paul Wilson in for Phil Robinson, Mangal in for KP, Tarun in for Jamie Hall. No sign of the regular keeper Andy Bailey either. Not busy revising for his GCSEs or grounded, he'd been promoted to the 3s. Fortunately, the multi-talented Bailey senior was able to step in and keep wicket.

Skipper Bailey tossed correctly again and put S&M into bat. Excellent work from Paul 'Bres' Wilson and Mangal as the opening bowling partnership. S&M plodded along at less than 2 an over pretty much up til drinks – Mangal and Bres both picking up a wicket. Change bowlers James Chudley and Rez Haque continued the good work. Perhaps without the same menace as the openers, they made up for with guile and were rewarded with 2 wickets each. Rez Haque recorded figures of 2 wickets for 1 run (3 overs).

Skipper Bailey punished him for conceding that 1 run, removing him from the attack. Bres returned, bringing back some fire to frighten the lower order of S&M. Beggsy was also introduced and continued his fight against the elements (after bowling into a Force 10 gale the previous week), his overs were interrupted twice with rain – one spell just being 1 ball. Beggsy the professional that he is, didn't let that bother him and picked up a beauty – a fizzing spinner clipping the top of off stump. However, bowling honours go to to Bres for a superb Herculean effort – 15.3 overs and 4 for 41. A five-for went begging as a result of some dodgy slip catching. Bres also wins the award for broadest shoulders in the team, Manish coming in a not very close 2nd. S&M all out for 100.

Early tea – S&M put on a good spread. Controversially, no sandwiches though! Charlie Kemp taught the rest of the team that sarnies could be made from the provided buttered bread and sausages, constructing himself an excellent sausage sandwich. Others followed: ham sandwiches and chip butties were also attempted.

With a 101 target, the Dulwich batsmen were confident without being complacent. S&M decided to open with spin from both ends. The Dulwich opening pair Charlie and Manish strode out; Charlie wasted no time with a four off the first ball. Both batsmen looked comfortable, scoring boundaries and rotating the strike. Manish departed on 12, failing to move his feet, he was bowled by the promising young legspinner – which brought Abu to the crease. 

The spin not being overly threatening, was replaced by seam after 6 or so overs. S&M's number 11 lacked direction starting with 3 wides, but made up for it with pace. Coming round the wicket, he found his line – but was unable to get through the defences of Charlie and Abu. The pair saw Dulwich home, Abu batting sensibly, determined not to give his wicket away; Charlie was rock of the innings with 67* – a classical half century (fuelled largely by that sausage sandwich).

The top 3 did the job – Tarun and Beechey had a quiet day at 4 and 5 – their services not required. With Sunbury losing this week, Dulwich 4th XI now top the division. Onwards and upwards!

Quote of the day: James Chudley "I have the longest eyebrow". I can't quite remember the context, so that's probably not very funny!

Stretch of the day: Beggsy for his bum stretch.

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