Sat 11th June – 2nd XI v Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians

DULWICH 148-2 (30.1 overs) beat TRINITY MID-WHITGIFTIANS 147 (40.2) by 8 wickets


On a day filled with international sporting magnitude, the 2nd XI caught the headlines with a convincing 8 wicket victory over Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians CC.

Skipper James Bridgland, still burdening repercussions from attempting to bat first in the previous week, was well goaded by fellow teammates to bowl on this occasion should the opportunity arise. Arise it did. Dulwich inserted Whitgiftians on what looked like a decent batting track but with looming showers overhead throughout.

Bridgland and Matt Quaife carried intensity and prowess into their opening spell with dot balls and play and misses aplenty from the Whitgiftian opening pair. The opening partnership reached 28 before Bridgland got the better of Breitenstein, trapped LBW for 11. Quiafe was accountable for the next three wickets, enforcing an edge that was well taken at second slip by James Hirst and a magnificent caught & bowled that saw the opening bowler into a Schmeichel-esc leap and one-handed grab. One soon became two, three and four with the Whitgiftian top order struggling at 36-4.

Early inroads were put at bay as Whitgiftian skipper Nick Cook and Graham Cobbett looked to steady the ship. Aided by some poor Dulwich bowling in the middle overs, the pair got themselves to 95-4 before the looming rain came to fruition.

With the rain set in, an early tea was taken, displaying popular continental delights such as Greek salad, cous cous, bhajis and samosas. Despite heavy showers throughout the tea break, play was able to resume in a slightly reduced overs affair.

The Red Arrows paid tribute to Bridgland and Quaife’s return to the attack and soon the wickets followed again. 95-4 at the break quickly turned to 112-8. Whitgiftians chanced their arm towards the end but were bowled out for 147 from 40.2 overs. The final two wickets were snaffled by Zakir Rostami (2-7), the last of which was an absolute beauty of a grab by Stuart Ferguson at cover. Bridgland finished with fine figures of 13-2-31-4 and was unlucky not to get a successive five-for, having had a chance dropped at slip. Quaife supported excellently with figures of 16-1-49-4 and etched himself the new nickname ‘Qurtly’.

Opener Tulsani was obviously not feeling himself this week and took all of five balls to hit his first boundary. Luke Cheadle can count himself unlucky, falling to a questionable LBW for 11. Tulsani looked to up the rate as the sky turned from grey to gloomy to morbid and eventually fell for a well worked 27 with the score at 43-2. Rostami and Hazlewood (who was fast building a reputation as a specialised TFC) looked to build a partnership as the Whitgiftian attack found new ways to kill time for rain. The pair took their opportunity well with a century partnership and fifties apiece to see Dulwich home inside 31 overs.

Dulwich go into next week’s top of the table clash with five wins from a possible six.

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