Sat 6th Aug – 1st XI v Farnham

DULWICH 222 (50) beat FARNHAM 175 (45.3) by 47 runs

Scorecard

Dulwich travelled to Farnham on one of the hottest days of the summer for their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match, and a fine innings of 79 by Richard King set them up for victory by 47 runs.

Dulwich opted to bat first, and the two Eds got off to another good start, adding 45 together in 12.4 overs, Stolle making most of the running while Towner added solid support. Towner was first to go, having made 11 off 35 balls, and Stolle followed in the next over for 32 off 42. King now took over Stolle’s mantle with a fine attacking innings. He was given good support by Henry Hazlewood, who faced 32 balls in making 15 out of 39 for the third wicket, and Will Bancroft, whose 20 came off 52 balls but helped King add 64 for the fourth. Bancroft’s dismissal was quickly followed by Nick Hudson for 1 and Salaar Waqar first ball to reduce Dulwich to 156-6 after 36.2 overs.

Jon Lodwick now joined King and the pair added 32 for the seventh wicket before both fell in the 43rd over. Lodwick was leg before for 19, off 27 balls, and King was caught behind two balls later for an excellent 79, his best innings for Dulwich, made off only 64 balls. Levi Olver went for 5 to make it 202-9, but a spirited last wicket stand by Kamran Munawar and Alex Gledhill lifted the score to 222. Munawar was last out, caught on the boundary for 18 (off 20 balls) from the final ball of the innings, leaving his captain undefeated with 11 off 12.

The Farnham reply got off to a frenetic start as they took advantage of the fielding restrictions to race to 27 off the first five overs. However they lost three wickets in the process, Lodwick taking two and Munawar the other. George Hellyer counter-attacked in company with Ciaran Rooney, and the fourth wicket pair had added 34 in eight overs when Lodwick dismissed Rooney to make it 57-4 in the 13th over.

Hellyer was now joined by his skipper Tom Grimes, who played the supporting role in a stand of 56 in 17 overs for the fifth wicket. King and Gledhill both bowled tidily without success, and it took a stunning one-handed slip catch by Waqar off Olver to dismiss Hellyer for 58 off 70 balls. Waqar bowled Grimes for 20 in the next over, and Olver, who had taken a bit of stick early on, now got his revenge with two wickets in the following over. Farnham had gone from 113-4 to 121-8 in the space of 15 balls.

A late cameo by Chris Terry, with 34 off 48 balls, enabled the last two wickets to add 54 runs and give Farnham an unlikely two batting points. Lodwick and Munawar were recalled, and the latter ended the innings to dismiss them for 175 and give Dulwich victory by 47 runs. The wickets were shared between Lodwick (3-43 off nine overs), Olver (3-44 off ten) and Munawar and Waqar, who each took 2-26. The bowlers were supported by an outstanding fielding display which cut off a number of potential boundaries and maintained the pressure throughout the innings.

Dulwich thus recorded their second victory of the season over Farnham, and rise one place in the table to fifth. Next week they visit Chessington, who are two points behind them in seventh place. Dulwich will be looking to avenge their one wicket defeat in the first match between the sides.

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