Sat 9th July – 5th XI v Old Elthamians

DULWICH 192-5 (40) lost to OLD ELTHAMIANS 193-6 (39) by 4 wickets


Another week on the road and another loss despite a few good performances.

Saturday saw the 5th XI travel to Eltham College and after a lengthy walk to the ground from the pavilion Simon lost the toss. Still no worry as the opposition put us in when Simon had told us all he was going to bat. We had a somewhat changed side with only 5 of the players from the previous week playing.

We started quickly with 15 off the first three overs but then Tim Brown got a leading edge and was caught at Mid off.  Shok (seen in a typical warm up pose above) and Zeeshan then came together and put on a  few runs.  Shok being careful and Zeesh taking his usual approach of watch, watch, hit!   Given the two had been involved in an unfortunate run out the week before the running was rather reserved.  Zeesh was just looking as though he may begin to be more attacking when he got out too for 12.  Stuart Gardner arrived at the crease and continued the careful attack.  We were 60odd for 2 at drinks so needed to use the good base to kick on in the second half of the innings.  Stuart hit some really clean shots before he too perished bowled for 33 trying to hit their young spinner over the top.  Shok who had been struggling with  a back niggle got out for a patient 39 soon after and we looked as though we might waste the steady start.  However in the last 10 overs Darren Casson (42 not out) and Geoff Warris (22 not out) combined with some clean hitting and aggressive running to force us to 192 for 5 off our 40 overs.  The pitch had looked good but had quite a bit of uneven bounce so we thought this was quite a good score.

After the long walk to tea and back we went out in the field confident we could reverse our recent run of losses.

Skipper Simon Peters and Tom Scott Coombes opened the bowling and despite a good early wicket were hit in the air straight by the Old Elthamians batsmen.  Neither was in top form and were soon replaced by Justus and youngster Spencer Daws.  Spencer bowled a really good spell which had Simon reaching for the rule book to confirm how many overs in a row he could bowl.  Justus was a bit loose to start with but then tightened into a really good spell, particularly good round the wicket to the left hander.  However their numbers 1 and 3 kept attacking and at drinks they were 100 for 1.  We fielded well and were still in the game but needed to take wickets and halt the run rate to put pressure on them.  Tim Brown came on after drinks and although a bit erratic managed to get one of the set bats and almost got the youngster who was in next early in his innings.  With Justus bowling tightly at the other end and also picking up a wicket we were back in the game. 

The ball kept following Zeeshan in the field and he took three key catches as the game moved towards a close.  One was despite a rather loud and optimistic call of ‘mine’ from Tim. Tim bowled one over too many as the young kid got his measure and hit him for 16 in the over.  Spencer came back and put more pressure on their batsmen and Geoff Warris replaced Justus and immediately bowled with great accuracy and a decent pace. We kept taking wickets but they also kept hitting runs and we moved to the last but one over.  In the end they edged runs off the back of the bat to win the game and on balance they probably deserved it. We had competed and fielded well but just couldn’t take wickets at the right time to keep on top.

John Lawrence Award Points

3 – Darren Casson – 42 not out and a solid display behind the stumps
2 – Spencer Daws – Two really good bowling spells and a great catch

1 – Geoff Warris – cameos with both bat and ball

Honourable mentions – Shok for his runs, Stuart for his quick 33 and Zeeshan for his fielding!

Next week Ex Blues at home where we need to break our recent run!

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