Sat 10th Aug – 1st XI v Beddington
BEDDINGTON 252-7 (50) beat DULWICH 240 (49.1) by 12 runs
Dulwich made a spirited attempt to chase 252 in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match against Beddington, but in the end fell 12 runs short.
Dulwich put their opponents into bat, but were unable to achieve an early breakthrough as Australian OP James McAuliffe dominated an opening partnership of 96 in 20.3 overs with Antony Down, before falling to Tom Fox after making 60 off only 57 balls. Alex Gledhill put a brake on the scoring, conceding only 11 runs off his first eight overs, but the score had advanced to 153 after 33 overs when Levi Olver snapped up two wickets in an over. He picked up his third wicket at the start of the 42nd over, removing the obdurate Down for a painstaking 53 off 129 balls. Acting skipper Chris Lester had his namesake Graham lbw with the score on 219, and Naeem Iqbal also picked up a wicket and made a run out as Beddington closed on 252-7 after their 50 overs.
Dulwich also got off to a good start as Anil Mahey and Frankie Brown put on 87 for the first wicket in only 13.4 overs, putting Dulwich well ahead of the required rate. Brown’s dismissal for 33 off 34 balls brought in South African OP Jonathan Lewis, and he and Mahey took the score to 135 after 25 overs at the drinks interval. Mahey fell two balls after the resumption, having made 67 off 79 balls. Lewis was joined by Ben Rosser, who made 19 out of a third wicket partnership of 29 in 7.4 overs, and Iqbal in a fourth wicket stand of 26 in 5.1, but Lewis’s dismissal for 36 was followed in the next over by Iqbal for 16 to reduce Dulwich to 191-5 after 39.1 overs. Lester played a captain’s innings of 16 off 18 balls before falling to another namesake David, to make it 216-6 after 43.5 overs. With 37 needed off 37 balls the remaining batsmen tried to keep up with the rate but lost three out of the last four wickets to run outs. The last seven wickets had gone down for just 50 runs as they were all out for 240 off the first ball of the last over, Fox remaining unbeaten with 12.
Dulwich picked up a bonus point for losing by less than 40 runs, but still remain 22 points behind ninth placed Ashtead and 25 points behind eighth placed Farnham. Next week they visit third placed Normandy.