Sat 3rd June – 2nd XI v Worcester Park

WORCESTER PARK 208 (47.2) lost to DULWICH 212-2 (44.3) by 8 wickets


As the sun set on overs cricket, Dulwich’s dominance of Division 1 continued with a strong 8-wicket win over Worcester Park in the first of the timed games.

This week saw VC Ollie ‘Lancastrian’ Steward take the reins as James ‘Hambling’ Bridgland fancied a weekend looking up kilts in sunny Scotland. Nick ‘Screech’ Hudson returned from a break with Llyod ‘Sugarhut’ Edwards also back in the fold.

Most of the team turned up well before for the start of the game, Rajgoose ‘The Big Licker’ Tulsiani and Sugarhut taking in the local scenery trying to find “parking” spots getting to the ground just before the start of the game. Rajgoose cheekily wishing Hopey was around to describe just what happened that fateful day Hopey lost his innocence. Not to be outdone, our very own Rooonaldo decided to go on a mini adventure visiting all the 5000 clubs within a mile of East Mosely, Leatherhead, Epsom, Guildford, Worcester Park arriving shortly after Steward won the toss and decided to have a field on another two-drinks day. News of the Worcester Park deck had percolated through the team and we were expecting a tricky half on what looked like a decent deck, quick outfield, a short boundary and a belter of a day.

Missing William Wallace in Scotland and Matt ‘sorry chaps, I got Fwisbee innit’ Wright, Cameron ‘Pakistan are going to demolish India’ Munawar and Matt ‘Yippee Ki Yay’ Quaife took the new ball with Quaife taking a wicket in his first over. Worcester Park settled in quickly as they got off to a good start, Quaife struggling for rhythm up the hill. Kambo sat in for an economical, but lacking his usual consistency, spell on the flat deck seeing Worcester Park reach 43-1 after the first 10 overs. Switching to Graham ‘best Lancastrian in the world – he’s still a Lanc though’ Hough and Sugarhut up the hill seemed to trouble the batsmen more. Hough, bowling with his usual control with 2 scalps and Sugarhut bowling with more steam than previous weeks looking the most threatening of the four so far, claiming the 1 bunny wabbit after a cracking few overs.

What looked like a familiar oppo collapse, at 85-4, took a turn as Hough took some lusty blows around the ground from their skipper. Quaife, replacing Hough, to take on Hans Gruber – Worcester Park’s villainous skipper, settled into a recovery not seen since Scott Boswell’s first over after the C & G final of 2001. Sugarhut, troubling batsmen uninterrupted for 12 overs as Worcester Park made their way to 150-4, bowling his best spell for the 2nd XI to date. At the 36th over, just the 37 overs late, Jekyll Hirst was eventually(!) introduced into the attack chomping at the bit to take on Worcester Park’s pantomime villain. Without saying he told you so, but he bloody well told you so, Thirsty broke the partnership with 2 wickets in his second over before taking a third in his next. Kambo, Quaife and Sugarhut all returning to take wickets at the death as Worcester Park eased their way past the ceremonial 45 overs.

Looking slightly (only slightly mind you) perilous at one stage, the Doggies restricted Worcester Park to Worcester Park to 208 all out from 47.3 overs. A cracking effort in the middle overs from Lloyd squeezing the life from the oppo’s batting effort leaving Dulwich 53 overs to claim 24 points.

With Ed 'Tonner' Towner and The Big Licker opening the batting, the Doggies settled in for this years’ largest chase. The first overs from Worcester Park swinging round trees, Rajgoose and Tonner hung on for dear life reaching 21-0 at the 10 over mark. Rajgoose, turning a corner benefitting from a change in this season's fortunes to see off the swinging ball, was unlucky to mistime one straight down midwicket’s throat departing for 15. Matt ‘bounced out’ Baulch seemingly shrinking to Bail’s height this week was unfortunate to be given out leg before bringing Screech to the crease at the 15th over at 37-2.

Strangely a few of the lads thought a lap or two was on the cards, Hopey’ll be pleased to know there was talk of a reconstruction, just not quite as realistic by all accounts.

Henry Tonner, defying Worcester Park's proverbial kitchen sink, started to wonder just how batting apparently gets easier when you’re hammered the 3 nights before off a shot of Apple Sourz. Screech and Tonner picked up 1’s and 2’s, the odd 3 nearly destroying Tonner – presumably from that 2nd shot of Apple Sourz 2 nights before. The pair looked increasingly comfortable reaching 100-2 at the 28th over as batting got easier. Tonner, with a slight head start converting a series of 40’s into his season’s first 50 from 94 balls, and Screech combined for this season’s first century partnership as they put in the early hard yards as Worcester Park rotated their bowlers. Screech, looking like he’s not missed a game, helped himself to a chanceless 50 from 52 balls, driving and flicking the ball around the ground. Free from reaching the milestone, Screech picking up pace and smashing 22 from the next 13 balls to finish with 72* from 65 balls. Tonner expertly nurdled, pushed and drove the bowling around as he wondered just how much Apple Sourz he could get in a jug before converting his 50 into a chanceless 100 from 154 balls batting through to hit the winning runs in the 44th over to maintain maximum points from each game this year. An absolutely cracking effort from Ed and Nick to bat through combining well to record a 175-run partnership to see us home.

With the first convincingly ruthless batting performance from the Doggies this year to back up the bowlers, Dulwich remain the pace setters for Division 1. With an unprecedented 5 complete wins from 5 games Dulwich have an important month of games coming up to continue that run as we push for promotion.

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