Sat 30th Aug – 1st XI v Chessington

CHESSINGTON 113 (45.3) lost to DULWICH 114-4 (33.1) by 6 wickets


Dulwich recorded another emphatic victory in Division 2 of the Ryman Surrey Championship, defeating Chessington by six wickets.

Dulwich put Chessington in to bat, only to see the openers advance steadily to 23 after nine overs. This proved a false dawn, as two wickets for skipper Tom Savill in the tenth over, followed by two more for Naeem Iqbal in the eleventh, left them reeling on 27-4. Both bowlers finished their opening spell of seven overs with figures of 2-16. They then gave way to Salaar Waqar and Stuart Ferguson, who imposed such a stranglehold on the batsmen that only 32 runs came off their 20 overs in tandem. Dan Yarnley, with 10 off 56 balls, and Paul Willis, 13 off 53, crawled to 59 in the 27th over, but three wickets in four overs then reduced them to 65-7. Waqar took two of them to finish with figures of 10-2-17-2, while Ferguson had the miserly figures of 10-4-10-1. Ed Stolle chipped in with a wicket in his third over to make it 78-8 after 39.3 overs. He and David Knightbridge were however unable to maintain the same pressure, as Dhillon Woutersz launched a counter attack, smashing 15 off only 10 balls before Knightbridge got him with the score on 99. Last man Richard Singleton then produced the most impressive strokes of the innings before Savill returned to snare him for 12 off 8 balls to finish with 3-21 and dismiss Chessington for 113 after 45.3 overs.

Chessington then took the unusual step of opening the bowling with the left-arm spin of Singleton, and he rewarded his captain by dismissing Chris Stone in his first over. Ferguson and Australian OP Michael Currey had to tread warily, with Ferguson taking 27 balls to get off the mark before being run out in a mix-up after completing his first run. Tom Deasy joined Currey at 16-2 in the 11th over, and the pair were gradually able to start accelerating. They had put on 37 for the third wicket in 10.2 overs when Deasy fell for 16. Matt Balch followed five overs later, leaving Dulwich on 66-4 after 26.1 overs. Any fears that there might still be a tight finish were quickly dispelled by Savill. The skipper went for his shots from the start, racing to 29 off 26 balls as Dulwich knocked off the remaining 48 runs in just seven overs. Currey hit the winning run to finish on 48, off 85 balls. This was his last innings of the season, and he ends as the leading scorer in the division with 687 runs at an average of 68.7.

Dulwich are guaranteed to finish no lower than their current sixth place, having beaten each of the four sides below them in the last five weeks. They would rise at least one place if they win their last match at home to Worcester Park, who are seven points above them in a tie for fourth place with Walton-on-Thames. 

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