Sat 27th May – 1st XI v Dorking

DORKING 262 (48.4) lost to DULWICH 265-4 (41) by 6 wickets


A sparkling century by Tom Savill enabled Dulwich to chase down a daunting target of 262 with ease in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 clash at Dorking.

The home side chose to take first use of a good batting track with a lightning fast outfield, but Leon Sealy produced a testing opening spell and picked up the first wicket in his third over. With Jon Lodwick feeling unwell and lacking his usual aggression, Sam Ellison replaced him after three overs and dismissed the other opener with his eighth ball without having conceded a run. Jason Swift then joined Cameron Pitt, and together they put on 65 for the third wicket, taking the score to 99 in the 21st over when Levi Olver, in his first game of the season, dismissed Pitt for 33. This was to be the last wicket for 19 overs as Tim Johnson joined Swift in a stand of 116 for the fourth wicket. At 215-3 after 39 overs Dorking seemed well set for a total in excess of 300, but Swift’s dismissal to Ellison for 104 brought about a collapse in which five wickets fell for 29 runs. Ellison also dismissed Johnson for 64 to finish with 3-50 off his ten overs, while the other three fell to Olver with his last ten balls to give him figures of 4-51. The ninth wicket pair added 18 before skipper Alex Gledhill took the last two wickets in four balls to dismiss Dorking for 262 in the 49th over, the last seven wickets having gone down in 9.1 overs for 47 runs.

Savill and Kristian Williman launched the Dulwich reply, with the side facing a target of over 260 for the second week running. But this time there was to be no collapse as Savill ripped into some loose bowling while his partner gave him sensible support at the other end. The innings started in bizarre fashion as three wides in the first five balls saw nine runs on the board before either batsman had scored, and the bowlers continued to gift a succession of wides throughout the innings. The score reached 50 in just 5.4 overs and 100 in 13.2. The stand was finally ended at 141 off the last ball of the 20th over, with Williman falling for 24 while Savill had already reached 89. He managed to avoid 94 (on which score he was dismissed twice last year) by going from 90 to 96 with a single shot, and progressed to his first hundred for the club soon afterwards, off just 68 balls.

Savill had been joined by Guy Skinner, who contributed 19 (off 27 balls) to a stand of 53 in 9.4 overs for the second wicket. Skinner’s dismissal was quickly followed by Ed Hopkins, but Savill continued in imperious fashion in company with Salaar Waqar, until being caught behind with the score on 218. His 135 had come from just 106 balls, and included 20 fours and two sixes. Keeper Will Bancroft joined Waqar and carried on where Savill had left off, racing to 37 at a run a ball and seeing his side to a six wicket victory with nine overs to spare. The number of wides bowled had reached 27, with all eight bowlers bowling at least one. With several of them eluding the keeper, wides contributed 37 runs to an extras total of 43, in sharp contrast to just nine extras in the first innings.

The limited overs games thus finish with Dulwich in fifth place after recording two wins and two defeats. After three successive away matches they return home next week for the first time game, against Worcester Park, who have won three of their four matches and are currently third.


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