Sun 24th July – Development XI v Cheam

DULWICH 193-9 dec (38) beat CHEAM 148-9 (40) by 45 runs

The Development Team returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory over Cheam in an incident-filled match at HQ on Sunday.

Dulwich won the toss and elected to take first knock. James Chudley was quickly into his stride, plundering 14 off the first over, which included hoisting a short-pitched final ball high over the boundary and onto the railway embankment. Ball lost! And after just six deliveries! Fortunately, another new ball was available and after a short delay play resumed. But not for long. A Cheam player discovered a ‘deposit’, left by a local fox – not one of the Leicester City variety! It was on the square too, close to where he was fielding. Bravely the visiting fielder volunteered to remove the offending mound, but he was only able to do so after a lengthy delay to find a shovel or something. Well done to Noreen, who produced an old dust pan.

Undeterred by this attempt to disrupt his concentration, Chuds continued to put Cheam’s attack to the sword and he raced to 59 (ten fours and the above mentioned six) before holing out to mid-wicket with the score on 66 after just ten overs. Opening partner Dylan Brook had been content to play second fiddle to the virtuoso Chuds, but he too perished without any addition to the score, neatly pocketed at slip for 6. Third wicket pair Julian Dean and U14 Felix Gilbert then advanced the tally towards the century mark before the youngster was bowled for a quick-fire 19, which included three boundaries. Henry Shine then arrived at the crease and batted as if he had a train to catch, thumping five fours and a six in a whirlwind 29. But the later batsmen could not maintain the momentum and faced by accurate bowling from Cheam’s third and fourth-change bowlers, the score advanced at a more sedate rate. Julian Dean held the rest of the innings together with a watchful knock of 31 and he received good support from U15 Mario Lambette who made 19. With just over two overs of the scheduled 40 remaining, JL decided to declare with the score on 193 for 9, confident that his team had enough runs to play with. Or was he just exhausted after a long umpiring stint and desperate for an infusion of tea?

Seb Connor and Gus Davies opened the Dulwich attack after tea. Seb was well below his best, probably still recovering from jet-lag following his recent holiday in Menorca, but Gus bowled at a lively pace and with far more control than in recent weeks and he proved a real handful for the early Cheam batsmen. He bowled both openers with cracking deliveries and later had the number three caught at slip by Julian Dean, the ball lodging conveniently between his upper arm and chest! Gus’s 3-35 had ripped the heart out of the Cheam innings and they never really recovered. Henry Shine chipped in with a wicket, then the medium pace of Felix Gilbert (2-15 off 6 overs) and the off-spin of Spencer Daws, who returned the remarkably economical figures of 8-5-6-1, reduced the opposition innings to virtually a snail’s pace. Seb Connor bowled a better second spell and picked up a couple of wickets to finish with 2-29. A late flurry of runs by the last pair, at the expense of the luckless Cormac Meade, who had two catches dropped and might have had a caught and bowled, saw the Cheam innings advance to 148-9 at the end of their 40 overs. So Dulwich won by 45 runs. Unfortunately, the victory was marred by a late injury to Chuds who split the webbing between his fingers attempting to take a catch in the final over. A trip to KCH was necessary and three stitches inserted.

Summing up, this was a good all-round performance by a Dulwich side including eight teenagers. The Young Man of the Match award went to Gus Davies who showed his best form of the season. Shame the skipper had a senior moment and left the prize at home!

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