Sat 22nd Jun – 1st XI v Camberley
DULWICH 77 (28.4) lost to CAMBERLEY 80-6 (19) by 4 wickets
Acting captain Chris Lester took six wickets to lead a Dulwich fightback after being bowled out for 77 in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match against Camberley, but they were unable to force a victory and went down to defeat by four wickets.
Dulwich were put in on a difficult pitch and lost their first wicket to the first ball of the second over, with Ed Carlton falling for a golden duck. Anil Mahey and Ed Stolle took the score to 20 in the ninth over when Stolle fell for 10 off 31 balls. Spinners Harry Stephens, with 4-20 off 12 overs, and skipper Dan Burns, 4-29 off 7.4, then worked their way through the rest of the order. Mahey as usual applied himself diligently before being sixth out for 27 off 49 balls, but of the remaining batsmen only James Balmforth with 9, Ben Rosser 13 and Nick Hudson 8 managed to score more than a single. Dulwich were dismissed for 77 after 28.4 overs.
Dan Burns launched the Camberley reply together with his brother Tim, taking the score to 10 after 4.2 overs when Dan was bowled by Lester for 9 on the stroke of lunch. This was the start of a spell in which Lester took five wickets for five runs off fifteen balls to reduce Camberley to 21-5 in the ninth over. Tim Burns survived the collapse, and Mac Syed with 5 helped him take the score to 37 after 12.3 overs before also falling to Lester. Hopes of a further breakthrough were thwarted as Burns went on the attack, and he was given good support by Julian Hagger as they knocked off the runs to give their side a four wicket victory after 19 overs, Burns finishing on 46 off 64 balls and Hagger 10 off 13. Lester had the excellent figures of 6-25 off eight overs, while fellow opening bowler James Bridgland was unlucky not to take a wicket in a spell of five overs for 15 runs.
Dulwich have now played seven matches, with six defeats and one abandonment, and no batsman has yet scored a fifty. They will be hoping to rectify this next week, when they visit second placed Valley End.