Sat 3rd June – 1st XI v Worcester Park

WORCESTER PARK 174 (49.4) drew with DULWICH 146-9 (50)

Scorecard

Dulwich failed to chase down a target of 174 in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match against Worcester Park, and had to settle for a losing draw.

Dulwich chose to field on winning the toss, and opened the bowling with Jon Lodwick and Tom Savill, who was having his first bowl of the season. Lodwick was first to strike in his fourth over with the score on 15, while Savill bowled an accurate spell of nine overs which conceded just 19 runs. Lodwick gave way to Sam Ellison, who took a wicket in each of his first two overs to reduce Worcester Park to 46-3 in the fifteenth over. Levi Olver also struck in his second over to take the fourth wicket with the score on 66. This brought together identical twins Joe and Rob Hill, who added 32 in 9.2 overs for the fifth wicket until Joe was caught behind for 32 off skipper Alex Gledhill. Skipper Rob was now joined by Waqas Sagar, brother of former Kent and Surrey all-rounder Azhar Mahmood. Sagar dominated a stand of 71 in 14.2 overs for the sixth wicket, scoring 48 off 47 balls before being caught behind off Olver with the score on 169. Mike Arundell fell in the same manner first ball, giving Olver two wickets in his last permitted over for the second week running. Gledhill and Richard King then mopped up the tail, with Rob Hill last man out for 37. Keeper Will Bancroft picked up his fourth catch, while Olver finished with 3-51 off his 14 overs and Gledhill 3-25 off 7.4. The last five wickets had fallen for five runs in 4.4 overs as Worcester Park were dismissed for 174 in the 50th over.

Dulwich thus had 50 overs to get the runs. This was the first Championship match this season in which Savill and his regular opening partner Ed Stolle had played together, and they launched the Dulwich reply in familiar fashion, adding 34 in 7.5 overs before Stolle was caught off Joe Hill for 13. Kristian Williman went in the next over and King one over later to reduce them to 42-3. Savill was joined by Guy Skinner, and both survived some near misses as they found scoring increasingly difficult against accurate bowling. Savill reached his third consecutive fifty but required 74 balls, six more than he had needed to reach his century in the previous match. The stand had reached 63 in 24.1 overs when Savill fell for 58 (off 87 balls) with the score on 105. Skinner went 11 runs later, having grafted resolutely for 30 off 97 balls, and Bancroft followed two runs later to make it 118-6 after 38.3 overs. Lodwick and Ed Hopkins continued to go for the runs and had added 22 in five overs before Hopkins, Ellison and Lodwick all fell in successive overs for just two runs. Dulwich had lost six wickets for 37, and at 142-9 after 45.2 overs Olver and Gledhill now had no alternative but to bat out time, which they did successfully to secure a losing draw.

Dulwich thus ended a disappointing match with just five points and slip two places to seventh. Next week they travel to Chessington, where they have enjoyed a number of close finishes in recent years. Their opponents are just one place below them in the table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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