Sun 31st July – Development XI v South Bank

DULWICH 117 lost to SOUTH BANK 153 by 36 runs

A young Development Team containing ten teenagers, including two U13s making their debuts in senior cricket, put up a gallant show but were beaten by an experienced South Bank side on a difficult wicket at Burbage Road on Sunday.

South Bank won the toss and elected to bat first in this ‘local derby’ fixture but they did not find runs easy to come by against the Dulwich opening attack of Henry Shine (2-18) and Robbie Matthews (3-25).  Alex Vinen (1-17 off 8 overs) bowled a teasing spell and his leg-spinners deserved better reward. The visitors’ lower middle order wagged, however, and helped by a hard-hitting 35 from their number eight they managed to compile a competitive score of 153. The other Dulwich wicket-takers were Gus Davies (2-41), Ben Hoffmann and Cormac Meade.

As with their opponents, the Dulwich batsmen struggled to contend with the low bounce and victory appeared a forlorn hope after the loss of four early wickets. Theo Chaudoir (18) and Henry Shine (25) steadied the ship with some fine shots in an enterprising partnership but when these two perished the writing was on the wall.  Robbie Matthews completed a good all-round performance with a knock of 20, but the home side were eventually dismissed for 117 to leave South Bank as reasonably comfortable winners.

Despite the defeat there were several encouraging performances by the Dulwich youngsters who were far from disgraced. This week’s Young Man of the Match award went to U13 Ben Hoffmann. Recovering from a loose opening over, he bowled with better control in his next three overs and took a useful wicket. He also batted confidently, despite scoring just eight runs, and shows much promise for the future.

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