Sat 21st May – 5th XI v Orpington

DULWICH 106 (37.5) lost to ORPINGTON 222-5 (40) by 116 runs


Questionable availability across the sides meant the 5th XI only had three people from the previous week's successful side for the home game against Orpington. However even with 11, players many of whom were playing together for the first time, we should have had the ability to put up more of a fight. The weather was dismal and foreboding and skipper Peters decided on winning the toss that putting the opposition in was the right thing to do.

The wicket looked okay and played reasonably well all day which is more than can be said of the Dulwich team. Tom Scott-Coombes opened up from the Turney Road end and skipper Peters from the nets end but we didn't really make inroads into the Orpington top order. Tom bowled his full 10 (2 for 56) but after his early wicket their bats two, three, four, five and six all scored reasonably freely to build them a decent total. Simon bowled well but was unable to make a breakthrough and saving himself for the last few overs brought on John Comerford as 1st change. Justus Van Lare replaced Tom S-C after drinks but without success.

Under pressure we turned to Will Burgass who bowled a pacy, threatening spell with the wind and then when leggie Josh Naval off the back of his 5 for in the 6s the week before was introduced Will switched ends to toil up the hill and into the wind. The switch reaped immediate rewards with Will taking a wicket in his first over and Josh picking up his first wicket at this level as he nabbed the main spinner spot from 5th XI stalwart Tim Brown. Will was unlucky not to take more wickets with four dropped catches in a spell of 1 for 37 in 7 hostile overs.

All in all a mixed and disappointing bowling display as they made 222 for 5 in their 40 overs with a Simon Peters run out being the only other wicket we took.

The weather got worse during tea but both teams agreed to take the field promptly. As the evening wore on the light got better and the drizzle stopped leaving us with a lovely evening for cricket.

Tim Brown opened the innings with Zeeshan Chaudrey who never looked like adding much to his big innings of the previous week and when Piran Legg and Shok also went early we were looking in a lot of trouble. Tim played solidly, although the opposition did note that a large proportion of his 29 came between point and the wicket keeper. One drive surprised the crowd, the opposition fielders and the batsman himself and sadly went straight to a fielder. Mike Owen arrived at the crease attempting to continue his form from the famous (infamous?) retired-to-go-to-the-theatre innings and played a couple of nice shots before telegraphing a reverse sweep which was caught at first slip.

We were not yet 50 and 4 down and not really looking like pushing Orpington. Their opening bowler was a good 15 year old quick and they brought on two orthodox left arm spinners aged 13 and 15 who immediately settled into a great line and length. Tim tried to force the pace a little, missed one and was stumped to leave us 51 for 5. Will Burgass came in and first with skipper Peters and then with Tom S-C added some (but not too much) respectability to the score. Peters given out lbw despite the evidence of him rubbing his leg half way between knee and hip. Jason Campbell who we were very glad was umpiring for us was in the best position to see the lbw and said that Simon had crouched down and was plumb.

Will made 22 to suggest he should be a bit higher up the order but finally perished going for a suicidal decond run and Tom a 12 not out as we batted most of the overs to a non challenging 106 all out in 37.5 overs. Will had hit a beautiful 6 but did admit afterwards he wasn't trying to hit it there. Picking up only 2 points out of the 20 on offer leaves us mid table (6th place) although we have played three of the sides above us. With two wins and two losses we need to be a bit more consistent if we are to challenge the top of the table.

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