Sat 18th June – 1st XI v Chessington

DULWICH 116 (44.2) lost to CHESSINGTON 119-9 (39.2) by 1 wicket


In a nail-biting finish, Dulwich lost by one wicket in a low scoring Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Chessington.

After heavy overnight rain and a delayed start, Chessington won the toss and elected to field. Ed Stolle and Tom Savill set off at a good pace which gave no hint of the drama to come, putting on 51 for the first wicket in 10.5 overs. Both went to change bowler Prince Singh in successive overs, with Savill making a belligerent 29 off 37 balls, including 16 off one over, and Stolle following for 20 off 36. Ed Towner and Will Bancroft then carried on their good work of the previous week, taking the score to 75 after 18 overs. At this point spin was introduced, and the game changed abruptly as the bowlers extracted prodigious turn. Both batsmen played on, Towner for 13 and Bancroft for 26, and Ed Hopkins was clean bowled for 3. Dulwich had gone from 88-2 to 96-5.

Runs now dried up completely as the lower order opted for defence, with Naeem Iqbal and Jon Lodwick both taking 36 balls for uncharacteristic innings of 7 and 4 respectively. This proved to no avail as the Chessington spinners continued to work their way through the innings. Skipper Dan Yarnley finished with 5-22 in 13.5 overs of off spin, while slow left armer Richard Singleton took 3-12 off 12 miserly overs. Dulwich were dismissed for 116, having lost their last eight wickets for 28 runs in 21 overs, an ordeal by spin that had yielded just a single boundary.

The Chessington innings started in similar fashion as Karl Thorns went for his shots against the quicker bowlers, making 34 off 36 balls out of an opening stand of 41, before giving Lodwick a well-deserved wicket in the twelfth over. By now Levi Olver had entered the attack with his left arm spin. He was soon joined by off spinner Salaar Waqar who took the second wicket, having obdurate opener Singh lbw for 8, off a marathon 52 balls. The Chessington innings now followed a similar pattern to the Dulwich as the batsmen tried unsuccessfully to defend their way out of trouble. Olver took the next four wickets in 15 balls without conceding a run as he reduced the visitors to 55-6.

Yarnley was joined by Paul Willis, and they changed the pattern of the match with an assault on Olver that saw him taken out of the attack. The pair had added 39 runs in 7.4 overs when Waqar removed Willis and Singleton in successive balls to make it 94-8 after 32 overs, still 23 runs short of victory. Luke Barnard helped his captain lift the score to 107 before Alex Gledhill had him caught by Savill at gully, his third excellent catch of the innings. This brought in last man Jack Strange, who managed to hold up an end, and sneak a streaky 2, while Yarnley knocked off the runs. The captain contributed 35 unbeaten runs off 52 balls, the top score on either side, to go with his five wickets in a match winning all round performance. Olver finished with 4-37 off 11.2 overs, and Waqar 3-32 off 12.

Dulwich were left to rue two missed chances that might have averted a defeat which pushes them down two places to fifth. Next week they visit Bank of England, who have still to win a game and are currently in ninth place.

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