Sat 29th Jun – 1st XI v Valley End

DULWICH 96 (34.4) lost to VALLEY END 97-2 (22.1) by 8 wickets


Another disastrous batting display saw Dulwich bowled out for 96 in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at Valley End, to go down to defeat by eight wickets.

Dulwich chose to bat on a pitch that proved to be more treacherous than it first appeared. Anil Mahey (13) and James Balmforth (14) put on 24 for the first wicket in 11.2 overs, but Balmforth’s dismissal was the first of six wickets to fall in 11 overs for just 25 runs, with Ed Carlton, Ed Stolle, Tom Savill and Levi Olver scoring just two runs between them. South African OP Jonathan Lewis survived the collapse, batting with increasing fluency to dominate a seventh wicket partnership of 23 in 5.3 overs with debutant George Carlton. The score had advanced to 72 when Lewis was unfortunate to be bowled by a shooter for 31, scored off 44 balls. Carlton was joined by Chris Lester and together they added 22 in 5.5 overs to take the score to 94. Lester’s dismissal, for 16 off 18 balls, was quickly followed by James Bridgland first ball and then Carlton in the next over for 12, made off 34 balls. The last three wickets had fallen for two runs in seven balls as Dulwich were dismissed for 96 after 34.4 overs.

Dulwich struck back immediately, with Savill and Lester each taking a wicket in their first over to dismiss both openers without scoring. Karan Singh and Chris McDougal withstood the rest of their opening spells, and then found scoring easier against the change bowlers, racing to an eight wicket victory after just 22.1 overs. Singh finished unbeaten on 46 off 71 balls, and McDougal 47 off 58.

This was the third successive match in which Dulwich have failed to reach three figures, and they will be determined to rectify this next week, when they visit fellow strugglers Farnham

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