Sat 6th May – 5th XI v Ex Blues

EX BLUES 117 (27.5) lost to DULWICH 333-8 (40) by 216 runs

Scorecard

Saturday morning and the new season is almost upon us. Phone calls, messages and texts have confirmed the readiness of the side to play Ex Blues in the first match of the season. New captain Jack Rutherford is as keen as anything, but as does happen other commitments have kept him from the game. Julian Dean had been in the side but we know there are often changes during the week and,as he heads off to the heady heights of the 4th XI, James Worley gets a late call up and a game of cricket.

With first league games for Dulwich for Alex Easdale, Cian Scannell, Alex Owen and Forhad Ahmed, four captains and ex-captains in the side and the welcome return of Dulwich legend David Begg we set off with a strong, balanced and experienced team. Our opponents Ex-blues were not so lucky. They had had two late dropouts but had decided, in respect of the competition and in the hope of a competitive performance, to travel to Turney Road with eight men.

Their skipper Ash won the toss and put us in (in the bar afterwards some of his teammates questioned his choice). Zeeshan Chaudrey and Tim Brown kicked off the season for us and took advantage of gaps in the field to put on 187 for the first wicket with Tim falling just past drinks for a fairly solid 47. Zeeshan played as Zeeshan does and his big hitting brought him a fine 151 and a deserved 3 points in the John Lawrence award. Ex Blues battled hard with an in out field, out for Zeesh and in for Tim.

New boys Cian Scannel and Alex Owen were bowled and when Simon Bailey was trapped in front we had had a mini collapse of 4 for 6. No problem though as Zeeshan, James Worley (cameo of 22) and Rhys Williams (a fine and clean hitting 68) powered on. We ended our 40 overs on 333 for 8 ready for a good tea.

The new ball was entrusted to last years skipper Simon Peters and new boy Alex Easdale (christened the Big Easy by comedian and wicket-keeper Simon Bailey) and they both bowled tidily and well despite the odd cobweb. Their captain damaged his hip trying to hit the ball as far and hard as Zeesh. Alex took two wickets (7-3-23-2) to get us going and when first change Forhad Ahmed (6-2-22-2) got their skipper who had made an aggressive, and probably quite painful 52 we were very confident of victory. One of Alex's wickets came one ball after David Begg suggested a fielding change.

David then returned with a fine spell, not having played for a few years and having taken in Spencer and Walton on Thames on his tour round the leafy fields of Surrey he was home. 1 for 22 and only taken off so the skipper could have a quick look at another spinner in Cian. Rhys, who may have opened the bowling if it hadn't been for his good knock bowled a quick over and Tim took a sharp catch at slip. The game finished with 2 chances in 2 balls as Cian took his first wicket for the club.

A fine all round performance and a sign that given good availability we should have a strong and balanced side for the weeks ahead.

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