Sat 4th June – 1st XI v Farnham

FARNHAM 112 (46.4) lost to DULWICH 116-6 (40) by 4 wickets


A depleted Dulwich side emerged victorious by four wickets in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Farnham.

Dulwich were missing six regular players, and gave first team debuts to three newcomers. Acting skipper Ed Stolle won the toss and elected to field. One of the newcomers, Kamran Munawar, fresh from taking five wickets for the second team last week, opened the bowling and produced a devastating spell of 4-11 off eight overs. With Naeem Iqbal also picking up a wicket, Farnham were reduced to 23-5 after twelve overs. Sam Powell and Ben Ungaretti steadied the ship, adding 55 in 16.2 overs for the sixth wicket. With the three regular spinners all missing, Stolle turned to the left arm spin of Richard King (who bowled seam in his previous matches) and the second newcomer James Hirst, and even had a rare bowl himself. All three had respectable figures, but it was King who made the breakthrough by bowling Ungaretti for 19 with the score on 78. Powell followed on the same score, run out by Iqbal for 33. The eighth wicket pair then took the score to the dreaded 111, when the recall of Iqbal brought the innings to an abrupt conclusion as he took the last three wickets in seven balls without conceding a run. Farnham were all out for 112, with Iqbal finishing with 4-23 off 9.4 overs.

The Farnham openers were unable to apply the same pressure as their Dulwich counterparts, and Stolle led from the front as he and Ed Towner added 30 for the first wicket in 7.4 overs. Stolle was the first to go, bowled by Ungaretti for 19, off just 30 balls, and Zakir Rostami went on the same score. King joined Towner, and together they added 32 in 11.3 overs for the third wicket. Both fell to acrobatic catches with the score on 62, Towner making a resolute 20 off 59 balls, and King 18 off 38. This was the fifth time in the match that two wickets had fallen on the same score, but worse was to follow this time as Will Bancroft went first ball. In just five balls Dulwich had gone from 62-2 to 62-5. Two of the wickets had fallen to left arm spinner Chris Terry, in the middle of an eleven over spell for just ten runs, and he followed up by dismissing Iqbal to make it 71-6. The match hung in the balance, but the third newcomer, Jack Anderson, now entered the fray, and he capped an excellent day for the debutants by seeing his side home with 26 not out off just 40 balls. He was well supported by Leon Sealy, who curbed his natural aggression until the game was almost won, finishing with 15 not out off 54 balls. The pair put on 45 in 14.4 overs for the unbeaten seventh wicket to secure victory by four wickets.

Dulwich have now won three of their first five matches, and climb to third in the table. Next week they will be looking for further success at home to Purley, who languish in ninth place having yet to win a game.

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