Sat 16th July – 5th XI v Ex Blues

DULWICH 85 (32.3) lost to EX BLUES 88-8 (29.5) by 1 wicket (ten players)


Selection and availability obviously shaped the 5th team on Saturday. It seemed that there were lots of bowlers available but fewer batsmen across the club but the 5th team were confident that they had enough firepower to beat the Ex Blues team who were in a relegation spot in the table.

Simon won the toss and having decided to address the batting bowling balance by playing as an opening bat he set off with a long stride to kick off the innings with Tim Brown. Things went smoothly for the first nine overs with the pair running well and they had put on 31 for the first wicket  when Tim (17) was bowled by a good ball being just a tad aggressive. In came James Worley but he soon went bowled too.

Simon then built another partnership with Joe Moore but the fall of wickets had caused the run rate to slow and we moved to 65 for 2 before Joe was also bowled for 19.  Simon continued to be the resolute base around which we could build an innings as he defended, then attacked with lifted drives and deft square cuts. He was finally out for 24 but not before seeing Shabbir perish early swinging the first ball of a loopy off spinner straight to the fielder at cow and then the game moved on so swiftly that tea wasn't ready when we came in.

It didn't help that we were down to 10 men due to an availability miscommunication but the rest of the batting order perished in a tumble as Woods, Spencer Daws, Rutherford and Nava didn't make double figures and Kanak Patel was stranded not out! 65 for 2 had become 85 all out.

After tea we came out with confidence that if we could get early wickets, particularly the Ex Blues skipper Ashley Harris, then we would be able to make it a close game and so it proved.

Jack Rutherford kicked things off and with the first ball of the innings bowled the opener off an inside edge. Then Kanak Patel followed suit with the first ball in the 2nd over, A slightly low bounce counting for Harris as he tried to be too aggressive. Kanak continued with a great spell and soon Ex Blues were 8 for 4 and our 85 looked an imposing runs on the board sort of score.

Jack (6 overs 1 for 19) couldn't break through again and was replaced by Spencer Daws who bowled 4 overs for 16. At the other end Kanak was a delight to watch as he bowled his 10 overs in a row for the great figures of 6 maidens, 6 wickets for 6. We were trying to remember in the bar later how many scoring shots the opposition had from this spell and think there were two 2s and two singles. A masterpiece indeed!

Woodsy came on and bowled well but with no real luck and Tim came on from the President's end for two rather expensive overs (the aforementioned president actually causing controversy in the match by standing on the field having a conversation with Kanak as the game was going on). Simon soon got the right leg spinner on and Josh Nava took a wicket with a great ball. 

So 8 down, one man short and still a handful of runs to get. The Ex blues number 4 Barrs (46 not out) had batted well but was now joined by the last man Loughlin. As the scores were tied Simon brought the field in and left handed Loughlin tried to force Nava through mid wicket… The ball was in the air and straight to the normally safe hands of Tim Brown.  A thud into the chest and that chance of a tie had gone! Next ball Loughlin hit the ball harder and higher and got the runs they needed to win the game.

A great game of cricket, ultimately very disappointing. We had a few beers with Ex Blues who are always play the game in the right spirit and they certainly enjoyed the opportunity to play in the delightful Dulwich setting!

John Lawrence points
3 – Kanak Patel. Outstanding
2 – Joe Moore. Fluent batting and solid behind the stumps
1 – Simon Peters. Valued his wicket 

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