Sat 21st Jun – 1st XI v Purley
PURLEY 274 (55) drew with DULWICH 197-9 (45)
A tense finish saw Dulwich cling on for a draw in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Purley.
Purley chose to bat, and maintained a steady rate throughout their innings. They batted for the full permitted 55 overs, scoring 274 all out, with the last two wickets falling to the last two balls of the final over. The openers added 60 in 12.1 overs for the first wicket before James Bridgland broke through with his first ball. The spinners then took over for most of the rest of the innings, with Frankie Brown bowling unchanged for 18 overs to take 5-72, his second five-wicket haul of the season. Alex Gledhill, having gone wicketless in his first spell, returned to take three wickets, finishing with 3-76 off 16, while the last wicket fell to a run out.
Dulwich were left with only 45 overs to score 275 to win, a rate of more than six an over. Australian OP Michael Currey and acting skipper Anil Mahey nonetheless got off to a positive start, putting on 74 together in 13.2 overs. This was the third time the two left-handers have added 60 or more in only four outings together. Currey’s dismissal for 37 off 41 balls brought about a reduction in the scoring rate as three more wickets fell for 47 runs in the next 11.2 overs, including Mahey who faced only 63 balls for his 58. At 121-4 off 24.4 overs the required run rate had risen to almost eight an over and a win was now likely to be beyond them, but 225 for a winning draw was still a realistic option. Brown was joined by Ed Savill, who gave him good support as they added 47 for the fifth wicket in 10.3 overs. The partnership ended when Brown was run out going for an ambitious third run, having made 42 off 49 balls. Savill followed in the next over for 15, and two more wickets reduced Dulwich to 180-8 with 4.2 overs still to go. Keeper James Balmforth then dominated a ninth wicket partnership of 17 with Gledhill, taking his score to 22 before falling to a slip catch off the penultimate ball of the innings. Matt Quaife calmly defended the last ball to ensure that Dulwich finished with a losing draw, leaving Purley to reflect that they had batted too long and a declaration with overs to spare might well have brought them victory.
This result means that Dulwich slip from fourth to sixth, but with only 11 points separating second and ninth there is still all to play for. Next week Dulwich visit Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians, who are currently in second place but only six points above them.