Sun 26th June – Development XI v Banstead

DULWICH 197-8 (40) beat BANSTEAD 137-8 (40) by 60 runs


Several fine performances from the younger players was the feature of Sunday’s fine win at Banstead. The victory also maintained the team’s good run in recent weeks, with four wins and a draw to their credit after starting the season with three straight losses.

The wicket was nice and flat, albeit a little damp after recent rainfall, and when JL won the toss he confidently elected to bat first in this 40 overs a side contest. But he must have been having second thoughts a few overs in! With only five runs on the board, openers Dylan Brook and the in-form James Chudley were back in the hutch, both having their furniture disturbed by the lively Banstead opening attack. But third wicket pair, Jonny ‘Pebble’ Stone and Henry Shine gradually repaired the early damage. ‘H’ struck four boundaries in a bright and breezy 27 before being dismissed with the score on 45. Pebble was then joined by Zach Wood, making his first appearance of the season, and the pair continued the recovery, taking the score past the century mark. Zach attacked the change bowlers at every opportunity, hitting eight fours and a six in an enterprising knock of 57, whilst Pebble adopted a more measured approach, collecting ones and twos to keep the score ticking along nicely. After Zach departed with the total on 129, Pebble was well supported by Dan Edwards (21) and Robbie Matthews (13) and eventually reached his first half-century for the Development Team before being caught for 52. After 40 overs the Dulwich innings closed on 197-8, a substantial total considering the poor start.

In contrast, the Banstead innings began well with 37 runs on the board after just six overs. Only one wicket fell during that period, with Gus Davies trapping the opposing skipper lbw. Apart from one bad over, which went for 14, Gus bowled a good opening spell and at a lively pace, finishing with figures of 3-29. Well supported by a tidy spell from Robbie Matthews, Gus applied a brake on the Banstead run rate. The home side rallied somewhat and raised their score to 104-3, but fell increasingly behind the required run rate as the off-breaks of Dan Edwards combined with the medium pace of Zach Wood provided few scoring opportunities. Desperation crept in and Dan (3-27) and Zach (2-15) reaped the rewards, reducing Banstead to 133 for 8. Numbers nine and ten survived the final overs, but added few runs and the home side finished on 137-8, leaving Dulwich comfortable winners by a margin of 60 runs.

Zach Wood received the team’s Young Man of the Match award for his all-round performance. Apart from one dropped catch, he also fielded very well.

Sadly, this was vice-captain Tony Ebert’s last game for the Club. Tony has been an invaluable help to the Development Team over the past decade and he was warmly thanked after the game for all the encouragement he has given to a succession of young players during the period. He has taken several wickets over the years, scored some useful runs and taken a number of fine catches at slip. He has also kept wicket on occasions and he gave a particularly competent display behind the stumps in this, his final game. Tony is moving north in the next few days to start a new life in Yorkshire and we wish him and Lindsay all the very best for the future.

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