Sat 10th June – 5th XI v Catford and Cyphers

CATFORD AND CYPHERS 103 (27) lost to DULWICH 108-1 (47.1) by 9 wickets


Not for the first time this season Dulwich was playing a top of the table clash. Dulwich in 2nd at DSG against 3rd place Catford & Cyphers with top placed Roebucks having a bye. The side again had a few changes, due to good availability five players came down from the 4s. Jack lost the toss and we were asked to field.

The first over from the skipper was only memorable for the 11 balls it took to complete. With Alex Easdale bowling well from the pavilion end taking the first wicket the David's Begg and Woods were wondering who would be asked to bowl with the short leg side boundary. First Prasanna Callaghan replaced Jack and bowled a fiery spell. Mixing two early wickets w two beamers coming back from a hamstring injury, 4 overs only but 3 for 10 as we turned the screws. At the other end replacing Alex (7 overs 2 for 40) David Begg lost the seniority argument and the first ball was dispatched to that short boundary. With his experience he soon adjusted his line and ended up with 2 for 21 off 6. After Prasanna's fitness test David Wood joined the attack from the far end and continued his great early season form. 6 overs 4 maidens 3 for 6 with the highlight two bowled and a sharp slip catch for his spin partner Begg.   

With a good allround performance two other spinners in Forhad Ahmed and James Worley were not required as we restricted Catford & Cyphers to 103 all out in 27 overs leaving us 53 overs to get the target. We had been ruthless to the point that tea was not ready and it was agreed to go back out for 8 overs before the interval.

These 8 overs were the toughest part of the contest as James Worley fell and Cian Scannell had three successive close lbw shouts against him. The opposition opening attack was a great combination of a slippery, skiddy quick and an experienced left armed getting significant inswing and bowling a lovely line. One more beamer being bowled to make it too many for the day.

Somehow Cian and Siraj Durrani made it to tea and then calmly knocked the runs off after tea.  Siraj continuing his early season form with another 50 (53 not out) and Cian finishing the game with a six to end up 45 not out. Yet another large partnership cementing the teams early season progress with 9 wicket win in the same 27 overs. The only other point of note was the opposition making 4 successive bowling changes in 4 overs from the pavilion end.

We had a chance to have a beer and watch the 7th and 3rd XIs.

So 1 point ahead of Roebucks on top of the table, but having played one game more. Next week we play bottom of the table Old Elthamians at DSG. Thanks again to Ellen for scoring and the injured Tim for umpiring.

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