Sat 16th July – 1st XI v Epsom

EPSOM 133 (49.5) lost to DULWICH 134-2 (27.3) by 8 wickets


Dulwich returned to winning ways with a comprehensive eight wicket victory in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match away to Epsom.

The home side elected to bat, but lost their first wicket in the third over when Ben Hudson was bowled by Jon Lodwick. South African OP Godfrey Stevens and Asim Zeb withstood a probing opening spell by Lodwick and Kamran Munawar, taking the score to 40 after 14 overs. A double bowling change brought on Leon Sealy and skipper Alex Gledhill, who both bowled tidily. Godfrey and Zeb proceeded steadily without really getting on top of the bowling, surviving a dropped slip catch and a broken bat respectively. The score had reached 86 in the 28th over when Zeb was well caught by Tom Savill to become the first of three wickets to fall in successive Sealy overs. Stevens was run out, having made 55 off 79 balls, and skipper Phil Edwards fell for 2. 

Ed Stolle, fresh from taking seven wickets last week, replaced Sealy and continued in the same vein by taking the next three wickets in his first three overs. Gledhill picked up the next two to reduce Epsom to 126-9, the last six batsmen having managed just 11 runs between them. The number 4 bat Will Moore had remained unperturbed at the other end but made no effort to farm the strike as wickets tumbled. He was last out for 27 to give Lodwick his third catch and Stolle his fourth wicket, having conceded just 14 runs off 7.5 overs. Gledhill completed a marathon spell with 2-38 off 18 miserly overs, while Sealy also had 2-38 off his ten. Epsom had lost their last nine wickets for just 47 runs in 22.3 overs to be all out for 133 in the 50th over.

The Epsom bowlers were unable to exert the same control, as Stolle and Savill needed just 8.4 overs to record their fourth 50 opening stand of the season in just six attempts. Stolle led the way, monopolizing both the strike and the scoring while racing to 42 off 47 balls. It took the introduction of Zeb, the sixth bowler used in just 14 overs, to dismiss him with the score on 70. Ed Towner fell in Zeb’s next over, and the scoring rate slowed as Savill and Will Bancroft consolidated. Savill advanced steadily to his half century, and then took the bowling apart, scoring his last 25 runs off just seven balls. Dulwich reached their target in 27.3 overs, with Savill finishing on 78 off 80 balls, and Bancroft playing a sensible supporting role with 11 off 33.

Dulwich can be well satisfied with their convincing win over the second placed team. They climb to fourth in the table, while their opponents failed to pick up a point and slip to third. Next week Dulwich have a home match against Worcester Park, who won the first encounter between the sides, and are now two points behind them in fifth place.

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