Sat 27th May – 5th XI v Blackheath

BLACKHEATH 87-9 (23.3) beat DULWICH 84 (24.4) by 1 wicket


A much changed side for a variety of reasons. First games of the season for the 5thXI for Harry Chathli (senior), Henry Barnes (whose father had played here in the eighties), John Comerford, Thomas Emery, Geoff Warriss, Sakib Rashid and Luke Howard.

The debutants were joined by Siraj, Tim, Forhad and James in a side of self appointed all rounders (as is normal at Dulwich). Late Friday night phone calling resulted in Luke being promoted to the 4s and being replaced by Begg, Owen, PD Amin and eventually no one as John's little black book got a workout.

On a beautiful sunny day in Greenwich Park against a mid table Blackheath Tim won the toss and decided to make use of what looked quite a good deck. In a few balls it was clear this was going to be a bit tougher than conditions suggested. The pitch had some variable bounce with the majority of the odd balls being low making it difficult to get started as the highest score of the game being 18 proved.

Harry Chathli (snr) (5 runs) and Tim (0) opened and they were both soon back in the pavilion, at which Harry went to sort out the parking position of his car but took the dressing room key with him which introduced a touch of chaos or panic in the middle order batsmen preparation. New boy Henry Barnes (13), came to the wicket and put on a few with Siraj Durrani (12). Just as we seemed to be getting back on top two more wickets fell and then another new boy Thomas Emery was joined by John Comerford. John took his usual option of having a bit of a hit which came off for a little while as again we fought to get on top. James Worley then came to the crease but soon departed for 6 in the strange manner of walking for a stumping.  

Sakib Rashed batting a bit too low at 8 then showed how to play on the deck and ended up with a 16*. Geoff Warriss and Forhad Ahmed soon departed and we had scored a disappointing 84 all out (with 10 men) in 24.4 overs leaving Blackheath 65 overs to beat our total.

However games are never over until they are over and we fielded and bowled very well to force our way back into the game again. A fine opening spell of 10-2-28-3 from Sakib Rashed was supported by 5 overs of many good balls and a few not so good balls from Geoff Warriss (5-0-21-2). As is usual at this level the two wickets came from the bad balls not the good ones. We kept taking wickets to keep us in the game getting them 6 down as Forhad Ahmed joined the attack. Blackheath still needed 20 as the 8th wicket fell and Aussie bowler Shans was joined at the crease by his son Joe, Sakib finished his spell and was replaced by last weeks finisher James Worley bowling his odd mix of medium pacers and leg spin. They inched closer to the Dulwich total and with 6 still required young Joe was overconfident in his speed with a call of two! A fine throw from Sakib and Siraj ran out the youngster.  

We couldn’t win our second close one in two weeks could we? Actually no we couldn’t as their final wicket got them over the line in the 24th over. We were left to rue our chances on the bus back in to town! The extra player might have made all the difference.

For the second time this season a close loss involved picking up quite a few points so we are still in third place with a visit to Bromley Common to come next week.

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