Sat 6th Jul – 1st XI v Farnham
FARNHAM 181 (61.4) lost to DULWICH 183-7 (50.5) by 3 wickets
At last! Dulwich achieved their first victory of the season in the Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1, winning a fluctuating contest by three wickets at Farnham.
The hosts opted to bat, but two wickets apiece for Naeem Iqbal (in successive balls) and acting skipper Chris Lester reduced them to 76-4 after 25.4 overs. Spinners Alex Gledhill and Salaar Waqar then imposed a stranglehold as only 33 runs came from 14.4 overs either side of lunch for the loss of four wickets, all falling to Waqar. At 109-8 Dulwich seemed well placed to dismiss their opponents for a low total, but were thwarted by the last two wickets. Led by George Dale, who top-scored with 40 not out, they added 41 for the ninth wicket and 31 for the tenth to lift the score to 181 all out after 61.4 overs. Waqar picked up the ninth wicket and finished with 5-36 off 18 overs, while Gledhill, who had conceded only 11 runs off his first nine overs, returned to take the last wicket and finish with 1-38 off 16.4.
Dulwich were left with 61 overs to get the runs. Nick Hudson, promoted after scoring a century for the 2nd XI last week, took 25 balls to get off the mark, but then took control with a succession of boundaries as he and James Balmforth added 70 for the first wicket in 18.3 overs. Balmforth’s dismissal for 21 brought in South African OP Jonathan Lewis, who batted fluently for 24 off 36 balls before being run out with the score on 118 in the 30th over. Familiar jitters now returned as Gareth Cornick fell for 4 and Anil Mahey for 6, and then Hudson, having become the first batsman to record a fifty for the First XI in the Championship this season, was fifth out for an impressive 68 off 109 balls. With the score on 145 Lester joined Ed Stolle, and together they took the score to 159, but the dismissal of Stolle for 23 and Lester for a supportive 2 in successive overs from Robert Procter left them precariously placed on 160-7. Iqbal, with 13, and Waqar 9 proved equal to the task and to great relief knocked off the rest of the runs in 5.3 overs.
This victory lifts Dulwich into ninth place, one point above Farnham. Next week they have their third successive away match, visiting fourth placed Cheam.