Sat 27th Jul – 1st XI v Old Whitgiftians
OLD WHITGIFTIANS 264-6 dec beat DULWICH 165 by 99 runs
Yet another top-order batting collapse saw Dulwich reduced to 43-6, and despite a strong rearguard action by skipper Tom Savill they went down to defeat by 99 runs in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match against Old Whitgiftians.
Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, and got an early reward when Chris Lester struck in his third over to dismiss Rob Willson for 7. Former Dulwich player David Burton was then joined by keeper Matt Stiddard, and together they added 94 for the second wicket before Burton fell to Naeem Iqbal for 62 with the score on 116 in the 30th over. Iqbal also accounted for Adam Clarke with the score on 136, but Mo Raza then joined Skiddard to add 75 in 12.4 overs for the fourth wicket before falling to Lester for 33 (off 32 balls). Iqbal removed skipper Ali Raza and then bowled the 17 year old Skiddard for 103, his maiden century, scored off 158 balls. Old Whits declared at the end of the 58th over on 264-6. Iqbal was the most successful bowler, with 4-65 off 18 overs, while Lester had 2-59 off 11. Alex Gledhill also bowled a tight spell, conceding only 27 runs off his first 11 overs before taking a bit of stick in his last four to finish with 57 off 15.
Burton was in action again when Dulwich replied, removing Anil Mahey for 14, Nick Hudson for 7 and Jonathan Lewis for 2, while Aussie Brendan Taylor gave good support at the other end by snaring Gareth Cornick for 1 and James Balmforth for 3 to reduce them to 29-5 after 13.3 overs. Ed Stolle and Levi Olver took the score to 43 after 19 overs when Stolle was the sixth wicket to fall for 9. His dismissal brought in Savill, and the seventh wicket pair more than doubled the score, adding 57 in 19.1 overs before Burton returned to dismiss Olver for 36 with the score on 100. Burton took his fifth wicket by removing Iqbal for 11 with the score on 122, but was forced to come off as the light deteriorated. He completed a fine all-round performance by finishing with 5-51 off 14 overs. Savill added 31 for the ninth wicket with Lester, who made 13, and 12 for the tenth with Gledhill (3) to lift Dulwich to a more respectable 165. His 56 not out, made off 102 balls, was only the third half-century by a Dulwich player in this year’s Championship.
Dulwich remain bottom of the table, 13 points behind Farnham and 23 behind Ashtead, and face a tough match next week, away to leaders Leatherhead.