Sat 28th May – 2nd XI v Woking & Horsell

DULWICH 111-6 (27) beat WOKING & HORSELL 110 (39.4) by 4 wickets


The 2nd XI welcomed Woking & Horsell to Burbage Road for a big game following a loss the previous week to interest rate setters Bank of England. With Captain James Bridgland and VC Oli ‘The Brand’ Steward away on another Saga Holiday trip to Eastbourne, local hero and PHD student Matthew Quaife stood in to Captain the side

Zaki (aged 35) took responsibility for the warm up, taking the team through a complex fielding drill which the players struggled to adapt to, but shortly after, we won the toss and were bowling.

Quaife and Del Boy Munawar started well, bowling tightly with Del Boy in particular showing some good pace. Quaife had Bhade caught by birthday boy John Morris in the gully, and Del Boy took a couple more, using the consistent bounce of the pitch to full effect. Hope came on to bowl tightly from one end (had to get that in there), whilst Lancastrian James Hirst weaved his magic from the other end. Balch replaced Hope, and showed great control after his all day self-promotion to Captain Quaife, as the Woking and Horsell batsman went into their shell. The game came to life as a short delivery from Hirst was hooked into Zaki’s facial region – Hirst responded by an Afridi style bouncer which rocked the batsman and he soon sent him on his way with a classic Hirst dismissal… caught off the back of the bat.

The visiting batman were clearly rocked by the whole ordeal, and resorted to guerrilla tactics as number seven Khan came out to bat with his jock strap worn outside of his trousers. Khan was fearless, and the home side expected fireworks, however a full delivery from Hirst was hit straight to Zaki who made no mistake. The innings was wrapped up as Del Boy returned to bag five for and continued his push for 1st XI selection, as Hirst bowled with excellent flight and guile to finish with four wickets.

Veterans Tulsiani and Balch strolled out to the middle to begin the reply, and showed intent from the off. Tulsiani in particular smashed anything that was, well, bowled at him and Balch hit a couple of boundaries of his own. Balch soon fell however and Tulsiani followed, later blaming his lack of hangover as a factor in his downfall… a mistake he surely won’t make again. Wickets continued to fall, and when Jack fell for 18 following a gritty innings, it was left to Morris to step up and add candles to the cake. AJ stood firm at the other end, caressing the ball through the off side and showing nerves of steel, as the pair saw a much relieved Dulwich side home.

Following three wins from four games the 2nd XI move forward with confidence, with a big game next week against Beddington and an even bigger night out to follow planned.

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