Sat 10th May – 1st XI v Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians
DULWICH 116-0 (16.3) v TRINITY MID-WHITGIFTIANS 252-4 (45) – Match Abandoned
A much changed Dulwich side containing four new players took the field for their first game back in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship, away to Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians. On a wretched day punctuated by frequent showers they got themselves into a winning position, only for yet another downpour to have the final say and lead to an abandonment.
Damp patches on the bowlers’ run-ups caused the start to be delayed, and the match was reduced to 45 overs per side. TMW chose to bat, and got off to a flyer, with the openers putting on 69 for the first wicket in only 9.1 overs, aided by a spate of wides and no balls. Left arm spinner Alex Gledhill put a break on proceedings, taking the first wicket and bowling his nine overs straight through for only 29. Newcomer Matt Quaife took the second wicket with the score on 102 after 18.2 overs. Stewart Sales and skipper Richard Piggin then consolidated against Gledhill and another newcomer Andrew Dick, who conceded only six runs off his first four overs, but they then gradually accelerated to add 107 for the third wicket in 20.3 overs. Two wickets in three balls for skipper Tom Savill, including Piggin for 60, reduced them to 219-4 after 40.1 overs, but Sales stayed to the end to finish with 69 not out and see his side to 252-4.
The TMW innings had proceeded without a break despite several brief showers, but heavier rain caused a stoppage after only two overs of the Dulwich innings, with the score on 6. Fourteen overs were lost, reducing the innings to 31 overs with a new target of 174 for victory. On the resumption Anil Mahey and new Australian overseas player Michael Currey withstood the efforts of seven different bowlers in the first 14 overs, and had taken the score to 116 without loss after 16.3 overs when another heavy downpour brought a further interruption. Both sides had suffered from the conditions, with the bowlers struggling to control the wet ball, and the batsmen hindered by a wet outfield which slowed the ball down – Mahey at one stage scoring eight consecutive twos, many of which would have gone for four earlier in the game. Despite this, the batsmen were well ahead of the required rate, but attempts to dry the wicket in time to complete the 20 overs necessary for a result proved futile, and the match had to be abandoned. Currey finished on 59, scored off 54 balls, and Mahey on 49 off 45.
After this frustrating day Dulwich will be hoping for better weather next week, at home to Walton-on-Thames.