Sat 9th July – 3rd XI v Sunbury

DULWICH 137-5 (28.4) beat SUNBURY 136 (42) by 5 wickets


The 3rd XI got back to winning ways with a comfortable 5-wicket victory at Sunbury through a good all-round performance. After last week’s mauling at the hands of Wimbledon a win was vital to keep the team in the mix for the title. Welcoming youngsters Sam Ellison and Rordon Daws the team headed to a sunny, but breezy, Sunbury in determined mood.

Skipper Graeme Hough’s fortune at the toss continued as he won his 8th out of 9 tosses and inserted Sunbury to bat. Although generally a good batting track with a quick outfield, early assistance for seamers Jeremy Jones and Sam Ellison was offered and they both quickly settled in to a good rhythm. A first over drop in the slips was soon forgotten as both grabbed early wickets – Ellison struck first through an excellent catch from Daws diving forward at point; and Jones first enticed a caught behind and then hit the poles of Sunbury’s confident looking number 3.

After a number of close calls, play and misses, lobbed up balls dropping in to gaps, etc, Sunbury began to edge the score forward. Rordon Daws showed promise, if a little rusty, and skipper Hough was having a rare off day as he also struggled for consistency but did manage to capture the 4th wicket. Matt Balch was introduced and showed Hough how to bowl off spin. After his 4-for last week he is clearly on a roll with the ball as he captured three vital middle order wickets. It would be remiss not to mention that one was caught off a full toss and another off a long hop skied to mid-on but it does not say that in the book!

With 7 wickets down for less than 100 it was vital that things were wrapped up quickly. Skipper Hough finally gave up after probably keeping himself on too long, and re-introduced Ellison who quickly wrapped things up bowling full and straight. The last three wickets were all bowled including a memorable last wicket which broke no 11’s middle stump clean in two – a nice memento for Sam and a hat trick ball next up. It is always good to see youngsters performing well and Ellison’s 4 for 15 off 11 overs was just reward for excellent control and skill. Balch ended with 3 for 30 and Jones 2 for 29 to complete a pretty good bowling display.

After the usual good quality Sunbury tea the two Guys – Woodgate and Skinner – strode out to open the batting for Dulwich. It was clear from the off that Sunbury were keen to get in Dulwich’s faces as the noise level was ramped up. This only increased as Woodgate teased the fielders first ball by lobbing up an attempted pull shot, only to be dropped by the bowler. Skinner was first to go, caught in the slips fishing once again outside off stump. Enter Andrew Inglis who likes nothing more than a battle with the opposition. Sunbury perhaps should learn that if you are going to give it, at least choose the right person, and back it up with your own performances rather than 136 all out. Inglis is certainly not the right man and he proceeded to return the chat in good style, whilst at the same time unleashing a flurry of boundaries off  Sunbury’s opener Plaha in particular. Four superb boundaries in one over from Inglis was greeted with a sarcastic round of applause from Plaha – very strange indeed especially as the score was rocketing along, aided and abetted by a constant stream of no balls from all of Sunbury’s bowlers.

At the other end Woodgate was accumulating steadily but he eventually fell for 20. Euan Johnson entered the fray at no. 4 and was greeted by the same Sunbury welcoming party. This soon quietened, however, as Johnson took the aerial route and blasted a quick 30 to take Dulwich close to victory – welcome runs with Johnson showing glimpses of the form he is capable of. What should have been a comfortable 7 or 8 wicket victory became something a bit more tense as Johnson, Inglis and Ellison departed in fairly quick succession. But with 10 to win Balch and Imran Iqbal-Mian saw things home in the 29th over.

A comfortable victory in the end with cricket the winner over inane, ill-directed and pointless chat. With all the top 4 teams winning it is as you were at the top with Dulwich remaining in 3rd place. Wimbledon are 25 points ahead after last week’s win over Dulwich but all is certainly not lost. The team take on Weybridge next week at DSG looking to continue to apply the pressure.

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