Sat 25th May – 6th XI v HSBC
DULWICH 116-6 lost to HSBC 117-4 by 6 wickets
After not tossing up, Dulwich were put into bat. An explanation for anyone not used to the vagaries of the Kent Regional League rules; we didn’t have an umpire, they did, so we were asked to bat on what looked a decent wicket.
The Dulwich 6th XI’s batting performances so far this season have been a case of déjà vu all over again in terms of a slow run rate and this tendency continued. Shahab produced some choice cuts early on, but his dismissal brought Rice and Persaud together for a period of consolidation against some accurate bowling. Most of their well-struck shots found the fielders and both batters departed after trying to up the pace. New boy Andrew Mottram works with Dave ‘Foxy’ Hawes, aka the Poor Man’s Matt Craig, at HSBC and is Australian but don’t hold either fact against him. He looked good before edging one behind, while Tony Ebert worked hard for his 21, which included one hook against their spinner’s quicker ball which bounced like a tennis ball. However the highlight of Dulwich’s innings was a dashing 26 not out from another new man at the club this season, Jordan Hancock, which included his first ever six in senior cricket. A towering blow over midwicket, it sailed over the ropes, took a big bounce off a path and rebounded off the groundsman’s house, a first ever KRL maximum to be remembered fondly. It must be said that at the other end of the age spectrum, several of the Dulwich 6th XI probably can’t recall their last six, due to either memory loss, or an inability to connect bat to ball with sufficient vigour. Consequently, a team total of 116 for 6 off 46 overs looked to have put Dulwich account against HSBC heavily in the red, as it were.
A word about HSBC’s cricket teas; capitalist bean-counter Hawes will be shocked to hear that socialist principles have infiltrated the catering department of his banking employer’s sports club. Has Jimmy Gibson inspired the kitchen workers with his fiery left-wing rhetoric, we wonder? How else can one explain why all the players were served an equal allocation of sandwiches, a mini pork pie and a mini scotch egg on a plate wrapped in cling film, instead enjoying the usual free market-style feeding frenzy. As would be expected with a centrally planned cricket tea, only one variety of cake was on offer, but it was very nice nonetheless.
Back to the cricket. HSBC started with positive intent, but two quick wickets from skipper Craig pushed Dulwich’s balance slightly towards the black. However HSBC’s Hutton showed the Dulwich team how to hit sixes, as he took on the boundary fielders and cleared them, until a good ball from Hancock closed his account. Dave Woods at the other end kept things very tight, with 8 overs for 11 runs, and Deb Biswas bowled well once he got a bit of rust out of the way. But HSBC only needed 30.5 overs to pass the winning post for the loss of four wickets, leaving Dulwich without a win from three games and facing a tough Bank Holiday Monday trip to Bromley CC.