Sun 29th May – Development XI v Primrose Hill Elephants

DULWICH 144-9 beat PRIMROSE HILL ELEPHANTS 123 by 21 runs

The Development Team recovered from an unpromising start in each innings of a closely fought game to record an excellent victory.

With schools on half-term holiday, there was a much better availability among the youngsters this week and we were able to field a team with eight players under 18. After winning the toss, Dulwich took first knock, but for the second week running were soon in trouble. Jonny Stone, Dylan Brook and Rordon Daws were all back in the hutch with only seven runs on the board. The opposition’s opening attack gave little away and a few overs later Harry Chathli was dismissed leaving Dulwich in the mire on 28 for 4. Much depended on the experience of Zakir Rostami at this stage, but he found a useful ally in the shape of U15 Kit Evans, coming in at number six, and together the pair rebuilt the innings. Making only his second appearance at senior level, ‘Kit Kat’ batted with an assurance that belied his tender years and was quick to attack any loose deliveries, hitting three fours in an invaluable knock of 28. When the youngster fell with the score on 105, Robbie Matthews came to the wicket and he made a useful 16 helping Zaki continue the recovery. Primrose Hill’s change bowlers generally lacked the accuracy of their predecessors and Zaki took full advantage, cracking four fours and an equal number of sixes in his vital innings of 68, scored off just 76 balls. After Zaki’s dismissal, Dulwich’s lower order batsman struggled to get the returning opening bowlers away and with the skipper feeling hungry he decided to declare with the score on 144-9.

After a leisurely tea, the Primrose Hill batsmen embarked on their run chase. They made a confident start against the Daws brothers, Spencer and Rordon, and punishing anything off line, they reached a total of 25 before the first wicket fell. An excellent throw by Dylan Brooks with a direct hit from the extra-cover boundary brought a second wicket with the score on 42, but the opposition’s numbers three and four batted very sensibly and advanced the score towards the 100 mark. Robbie Matthews then took a wicket with the first ball of his second spell after changing ends and along with the other bowlers began to restrict the run rate with some tidy bowling. Nevertheless Primrose Hill advanced their total to 112 with only three wickets down and victory was well within their grasp. However, Dulwich kept it tight in the field and, apart from one dropped catch which turned out to be nowhere near as vital as it seemed at the time, wickets began to fall. Lacking support from his colleagues, the opposition’s number four bat began to feel the pressure and he eventually lifted his head to a well-flighted delivery from Jonny Stone and was bowled, seventh man out for 42. Dulwich’s bowlers then turned the screw, employing a well-disciplined line and length to dismiss the remaining batsmen, and the Elephants were all out for a total of 123. Primrose Hill’s last seven wickets perished for just 11 runs, leaving the home side winners by a margin of 21 runs. Rordon Daws (3-18) was the most successful Dulwich bowler, but he was well supported by Seb Connor (2-17), Robbie Matthews (2-18) and Jonny Stone (2-21).

Kit Evans received the Young Man of the Match award for his all-round performance, but especially his plucky innings which helped the side set a challenging total. However, the entire team deserves a pat on the back, not only for never giving up, but also their attitude to the game which was highly praised afterwards by the opposition.

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