Sat 16th July – 3rd XI v Weybridge

DULWICH 113-0 (17.4) beat WEYBRIDGE (36.2) by 10 wickets


The 3rd XI romped to a 10-wicket victory against relegation threatened Weybridge at DSG on Saturday. The team was greeted with some surprising sunshine and a move to Turney Road pitch 1. The only down side to such a comprehensive victory was that the number of TFCs was more than is desirable with just four bowlers and two batsmen called in to action.

A much changed team welcomed Chris Hope and James Pickles back from injury with other changes required due to lack of availability. Skipper Graeme Hough’s skills at the toss continued as he won his 9th out of 10 this season and did not hesitate to insert Weybridge to bat on what looked a good deck and quick outfield. After a good warm up and a little wait for Weybridge to arrive Jeremy Jones opened up and cleaned up one of Weybridge’s openers in the first over. At the other end Hopey quickly settled in to a good rhythm. Weybridge’s giant number 3 (6ft 8ins was the official stat) showed a keenness to put bat to ball, whilst their left handed opener showed a remarkable skill to play and miss on a regular basis as a full slip cordon waited in anticipation.

Hopey soon cleaned up Weybridge’s BFG and Jones got in on the act soon after with a strangled caught behind down the leg side by Bailey. A suicidal attempted run saw a run out thanks to ‘The Pickler’ and Hopey cleaned up another to leave Weybridge in trouble. Matt Balch had replaced Jones (an excellent 2-19 off 8 overs) by now whilst skipper Hough wrung every ounce of energy out of ‘sore side’ Hope until he threw in the towel after 11 overs. A welcome return (2-35) dampened somewhat by his after match announcement of non-availability for two weeks, after 5 weeks out with injury….

Hough replaced Hope to provide some double spin action and the remaining five wickets did not take long to snaffle. Smart catches from Hough, Skinner and Bailey gave Balchy another three wickets (3–32) whilst Hough snared a couple (2-20). Weybridge 111 all out after a good bowling and fielding performance. Aside from the catches special mention to Sam Hunt for an outstanding piece of fielding on the boundary to protect the captain’s figures – this always goes down well!

After tea the two Guys – Woodgate and Skinner – strode out and both looked confident from the off, keeping out the good balls, punishing anything loose, and running well between the wickets against an increasingly dispirited Weybridge. Both timed the ball well in particular off their legs and it quickly became clear that victory was going to be a formality, just by how much as ‘pad rash’ began to set in on the boundary. The race to 50 was on which Skinner just edged as Weybridge’s change bowlers offered little threat. Game over by 5.30pm in the 18th over leaving lots of celebration time – Skinner 50* and Woodgate 46*.

As the team tucked in to a few jugs they were joined by the victorious 4th team to cheer on the 2nd team in a nail biter on the next pitch. The weekend’s results saw Dulwich move up to 2nd place but still more than a win behind the seemingly rampant Wimbledon 3s. We can only win our games and so the team moves on to the long trip to Ashtead hoping to keep up the pressure in what continues to be an excellent season with 8 wins out of 11.

Thanks as ever to Chris Reardon for umpiring and JL for scoring.

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