Sat 30th Jun – 1st XI v Valley End
DULWICH 278-6 (66) drew with VALLEY END 270-9 (62)
A superb innings of 157 by Richard Farrow set Dulwich up for an imposing total of 278-6 in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at Valley End, but despite taking nine wickets they were unable to force victory and had to settle for a losing draw.
This was the first Championship match on Valley End’s new ground, and Farrow and skipper Anil Mahey christened it in style by taking 13 runs off a wayward first over. James Barrow at the other end proved more difficult to get away, bowling ten overs straight through for only 19 runs, but the openers kept the score ticking along, reaching lunch at 119 off 40 overs. The first wicket went down shortly afterwards, with Mahey falling for a patient 45 off 119 balls. James Price went quickly, but Nick Storey joined Farrow in a stand of 48 in nine overs for the third wicket, before being run out for 27, off 32 balls, with the score on 182. Farrow then monopolised a stand of 65 in nine overs with Simon May, until also being run out. His 157 was his second century of the season, and came off 188 balls. After taking 91 balls for his first 50 he had steadily increased his scoring rate, taking 62 balls for the second 50 and only 28 balls for the third. May then took over, taking his score to 30, off 38 balls, before falling in the last over. Support came from Chris Lester (with 5 off 6 balls), keeper James Balmforth (5* off 6) and Mark Kelly (4* off 3). The innings closed on 278-6 after the permitted 66 overs. All the wickets taken by a bowler fell to Alex MacQueen, who bowled a mammoth spell of 27 overs to finish with 4-118.
Valley End were left with 62 overs to get the runs, but got off to a bad start when Lester struck in his second over. A second wicket stand of 64 in 17.3 overs by Paul Williams (38) and Tom Nevin (37) set the home side up nicely, but Price dismissed both to leave the match evenly poised at tea with the score on 103-3 after 28 overs. Andrew Newbery (50) and Ben Kingsnorth (43) took their fourth wicket partnership to 71 in 14 overs, but a wicket apiece for Lester and Alex Gledhill, and a direct hit by May, pegged them back to 196-6 after 45.1 overs. Skipper Keith Fisher (25) and OP Callum Pilcher (37*) kept them on track with a stand of 44 in 9.3 overs for the seventh wicket. The stand was broken by Kelly, who once again had bowled a threatening opening spell without taking a wicket, but who returned to take three in successive overs and reduce Valley End to 260-9 with 3.2 overs left. Pilcher and Barrow took the score to 269 after 60 overs, but then blocked out the last two to secure the winning draw. Kelly finished with 3-38 off 12 overs, while Lester had 2-54 off 15, and Price 2-95 off 18.
This result leaves Dulwich in eighth place. Next week they visit Beddington, who are currently third.