Sat 13th Aug – 1st XI v Chessington

DULWICH 196-8 (50) beat CHESSINGTON 145 (47.3) by 51 runs


Dulwich were on the road for the third successive week, and duly completed their third successive victory, winning their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Chessington by 51 runs.

Dulwich chose to bat, but lost Ed Stolle to the second legitimate ball of the innings, after three wides in the previous four. Ed Towner and Henry Hazlewood then raced to 24 before Towner was run out off the first ball of the fourth over. Hazlewood continued to score freely, but lost Richard King, caught at slip for 6, and Ed Hopkins, who was also run out for 5, to make it 56-4 after just 11.3 overs.

Will Bancroft joined Hazlewood, and together they batted more circumspectly in adding 42 in 14 overs for the fifth wicket. Bancroft was just starting to accelerate when he was dismissed for 16. Salaar Waqar joined Hazlewood in a stand of 35 in 10.3 overs for the sixth wicket before the latter fell for 63, his highest score for the first team, scored off 116 balls. Jon Lodwick departed without troubling the scorers, and Waqar fell 14 runs later for 23.

Leon Sealy and Kamran Munawar thus came together at 149-8 after 43.2 overs. They took another 3.4 overs to reach 156, but then launched a blistering attack that saw 40 runs come off the last three overs, including 21 off the penultimate over, with both batsmen hitting a huge six. The innings closed on 196-8, with Sealy unbeaten on 28 and Munawar on 19. The most successful bowler was the overseas player, spinner Harli Givvens, with 4-21 off his ten overs.

Givvens then opened the batting with the 16 year old Prince Singh, and they were untroubled by the quicker bowlers until Givvens fell to Munawar for 20 with the score on 35 in the tenth over. Singh was joined by Roman Qazi, and they continued to score at close to the required rate, reaching 72 after 19 overs. By this time the Dulwich spinners Waqar and skipper Alex Gledhill were in action, and they imposed such a stranglehold that only 16 runs came off the next ten overs.

With 109 now needed off 21 overs King was brought on to bowl left arm spin, and while he could not match the accuracy of the other spinners, he reaped the reward of their tight bowling as the batsmen tried to speed up the scoring. He had Qazi stumped off his third ball to end his excruciating innings of 19 off 69 balls, which had included 29 dot balls between his 18th and 19th runs. Waqar disposed of Prince three overs later for an obdurate 35 off 94, and King followed up with the crucial wicket of skipper Dan Yarnley, caught on the boundary for 14. Waqar finished his ten over spell with the excellent figures of 1-18, whereupon Stolle came on and took a wicket with his first legal ball. Three more wickets for King in his next two overs reduced Chessington to 129-8 in the 42nd over.

Gledhill returned to take the ninth wicket and finish with 1-13 off a typically miserly nine overs in which the only runs scored off him were singles. The last wicket pair tried to add the ten runs required for a batting point, but could manage only five before King rounded off the innings to finish with 6-29 off 9.3 overs. Chessington were dismissed for 145, their last nine wickets going down in 18 overs for just 57 runs.

With the two sides above them also winning, Dulwich remain in fifth place. However they are only 18 points behind second placed Epsom, who visit Dulwich next week in a match that will be crucial for the promotion prospects of both sides.

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