Sat 1st June – 6th XI v Natwest
DULWICH 154-8 lost to NATWEST 156-4 by 6 wickets
With a strong mix of youth, experience and those somewhere in between, the 6th XIs took on NatWest seconds in a crucial, worryingly near the bottom of the table clash at the DSG. I say NatWest seconds, because they are actually the second team, although they call themselves a 4th team. Extreme modesty or a devious attempt to get weaker opposition when seeking conference fixtures?
Anyway, we batted first after losing the toss and a made a positive start with Shahab playing with his habitual freedom against the new ball. However his LBW dismissal brought in Dean who called Rice for a very sharp single which led to an unfortunate run-out for Rice. Persaud and Dean then rebuilt the innings before Dean departed just when he was looking like going on to make a substantial score. Persaud batted well for the 6th’s first 50 of the season, rolling back the years with some well-struck boundaries. So far this season, Jordan Hancock has risen up the batting order from 11 to 5 on the back of some good performances and continued in this vein before offering a catch to NatWest. At the half-way point we looked like posting a testing total, but a sudden collapse left the innings in tatters, at 125-8, as Woods, Shine and Webster departed in quick succession. NatWest’s bowling was steady without being deadly; most wickets fell to mistimed shots finding fielders within 30 yards of the bat. Craig and Peters managed to take the score up to 154 at the end of 46 overs for eight down, which looked a good score on a wicket doing a bit.
Giles Constantine opened the bowling with Hancock and his highly economical figures of 1 for 15 off 11 overs could have been much better in terms of wickets. He beat the bat regularly and had a very confident LBW turned down by the opposition umpire. At this point we realised that far from being NatYes, as in its latest ads, this was the bank that likes to say not out. Or as the Arfur Daley would have put it, the listening bank copped a deaf ‘un to all appeals. Hancock also bowled very well and had little luck. Dulwich’s failure to break NatWest’s second wicket partnership quickly was to prove costly, with Dolby and Lynch playing solidly. Dropping a total of six catches of varying degrees of difficulty, from easy to very hard, did not help either. Skipper Craig rotated the bowling in an attempt to pick up wickets, but despite tight bowling from all the bowlers used, the NatWest batsmen. Nevertheless, NatWest had to work hard and took 45 overs to make the runs they needed. Overall it was a frustrating game for Dulwich; one that slipped away but with some positive signs for rest of the season.