Sat 3rd June – 5th XI v Bromley Common

BROMLEY COMMON 159-7 (40) lost to DULWICH 227-8 (40) by 68 runs


Another beautiful day in South London but again travel problems hit the 5th team as opening bat Nick Rochford arrived latest of several of the team who had trouble finding the Acorns ground at Bromley Common. Although also late the injured Tim Brown who had offered to umpire suggested to returning skipper that James Worley might be an option to open.

Batting first James and Harry Snr got us off to a smooth start. Harry was looking good but on 15 was out to a quality of catch not normally seen at this level. Siraj Durrani joined James and together they built the match winning partnership, both making fine 71s. James even managed to try another ramp shot but unlike a few games ago managed to miss the ball completely. Most of the rest of the batting didn't get going but an aggressive 44 not out from Tom Emery helped us make 227 for 8 in our 40 overs. The only other real 'highlight' was Nick Rochford being stumped in a remarkably similar way to how he perished one match last season. The umpire in both cases was Tim who had to shake his head knowingly as he raised the dreaded finger.

After a very good tea overlooking the beautiful Bromley Common first ground we returned to the Acorns. Our bowling and fielding was solid as we put pressure on Bromley Common for the start. Jack and Simon each bowled one of their opening batsmen as early wickets set the scene for their chase. Extras and edges were the only real source of runs for a while, although it is fair to say we did bowl a lot of wides (18 in a total of 25 extras). The only excuse being a windy day and a rather odd double direction slope of the wicket making life difficult for the bowlers. Raman replaced Jack uphill but with the wind and also picked up a wicket before he had to dash off for some evening commitment. Curtis McNeice on debut bowled a fiery spell of left arm seam having being spotted as a bowling option in the nets before the game and also picked up a wicket.  

At this stage it looked as though we would easily win the game and Jack was seeking to take wickets in order to pick up maximum bowling points too. James was used down the slope and Josh Nava picked up two wickets up the slope with a fine spell of leg spin bowling. We ended up restricting them to 159 for 7 and a good win just two points short of a maximum 20.  

Thanks to Ellen for a quality scorebook and Tim for umpiring through a most enjoyable day. Next week we are back at DSG placed second in the league. If we keep similar availability then we should be competitive in the division. So far we've had three wins and two close losses.

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