Sat 7th Jun – 1st XI v Horsley & Send
HORSLEY & SEND 125 (43.2) lost to DULWICH 129-2 (41.3) by 8 wickets
The first match in the time format saw Dulwich cruise to their first win of the season in the Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2, away to Horsley and Send.
Dulwich put their opponents in, and struck immediately as some over-ambitious hitting from the start saw both openers fall to good catches off Naeem Iqbal to make it 16 for 2 after three overs. Yaseen Khan proceeded in the same vein against the quicker bowlers, racing to 30 off 33 balls while taking his side to 55 for 2 after 12 overs. Slow left armers Alex Gledhill and Frankie Brown then took over the attack and brought about a complete transformation, conceding only 30 runs off their first 25 overs in harness and taking three wickets, including Yaseen who had managed only one more run off 22 balls against the spinners. Skipper Jamal Khan, who had spent 50 balls scoring 10 (six of which had come from one shot), then went on the attack, smashing 26 runs off 13 balls. Most of these came off Brown, who got his revenge by dismissing him for 36 with the score on 115 after 40 overs. The two spinners then mopped up the tail, the last five wickets falling for just 10 runs in 21 balls. Gledhill, who had conceded only seven runs off his first 13 overs, finished with three for 19 off 16 overs, while Brown, who had had just 20 runs taken off his first 12, finished with five for 48 off 15.2.
The Dulwich innings started in bizarre fashion as Jamal took his opening bowlers off after two overs each and used seven different bowlers in the first ten overs. Ed Stolle and Australian OP Michael Currey were not bothered by these manoeuvres and had proceeded to 43 off 13 overs when Stolle was dismissed for 12. Stuart Ferguson fell in the next over, which brought Brown in to join Currey. Jamal continued to ring the changes, with hardly anyone bowling more than two overs in a spell until late in the innings, and two more bowlers joining in. This proved to be more of a challenge to the scorers than the batsmen, who added 85 together in 27.5 overs to see their side to a convincing eight wicket victory with 14.3 overs to spare. Currey finished on 75, his second undefeated fifty of the campaign, while Brown completed a fine all-round performance with 32.
This win lifts Dulwich to seventh in the table. They will be looking to build on it next week when they visit Chessington, who are two places below them.