Sat 25th May – 1st XI v Cheam
CHEAM 276-8 (50) beat DULWICH 225 (49.3) by 51 runs
Dulwich achieved a much improved batting performance in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at home to Cheam, but a target of 276 proved too steep and they went down to defeat by 51 runs.
The Cheam innings was dominated by opener Bradley Scriven, whose 105 (off 142 balls) was his third Championship century in as many weeks. He and fellow opener Danny Phillips got off to a flying start against skipper Tom Savill and Chris Lester, putting 65 on the board in only nine overs. James Bridgland slowed the scoring rate, conceding only 19 runs off his six over spell, while Tom Fox picked up the first wicket, dismissing Phillips for 30 with the score on 89 in the 15th over. Scriven and Michael Burgess were kept in check by spinners Levi Olver and Jonathan Lewis, who conceded only 30 runs in a ten over spell between the 20th and 30th overs. Olver bowled his ten overs straight through for 38 runs and the wicket of Burgess for 42, with the score on 181 after 36.1 overs. The stage was now set for a typically aggressive cameo from Danny Miller, who bludgeoned 37 off 23 balls to take the score to 236 in the 44th over. The return of the opening bowlers brought a rush of wickets as Savill picked up three, Lester dismissed Scriven, and Bridgland returned to bowl the penultimate over in which he took two wickets to finish with 2-21. The Cheam innings closed on 276-8 after their 50 overs. The total was boosted by 40 extras, including 26 wides.
The new Dulwich opening pair of Lewis and Anil Mahey also started confidently against the opening bowlers, posting 63 on the board in 14.5 overs before Lewis fell for 25, off 42 balls. Ed Carlton, with 19 off 39 balls, and Frankie Brown, 30 off 35, helped Mahey take the score to 125 in the 31st over, but tight bowling, particularly from skipper Mark Burns, who took 2-35 off his ten overs, pushed them further behind the required rate. Mahey was run out for the second successive week, having made 48 off 77 balls, and Brown followed two overs later to make it 134-4 after 32.3 overs. Skipper Savill promoted himself to number five in a bid to boost the scoring rate, and was given good support by Ed Stolle, whose 19 came off 21 balls, but Stolle’s dismissal was soon followed by Savill for 26 off 25 balls, and Fox. With 76 still needed off only five overs the task was now beyond Dulwich. A late flurry by Lester, shrugging off a finger injury to make 15 not out off 18 balls, and Olver, with 11 off 13, added 24 in four overs, but two wickets in the 50th over left Dulwich all out for 225. Cheam were also generous with the extras, conceding 25 including 18 wides.
This defeat leaves Dulwich bottom of the table, but they will take heart from the improved batting display and hope for further all-round improvement next week when they visit 7th placed Ashtead.