Sat 24th June – 1st XI v Oxted & Limpsfield

OXTED & LIMPSFIELD 206-9 (51) drew with DULWICH 201-8 (49)


Dulwich twice recovered from unpromising positions to achieve a winning draw off the last ball in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Oxted & Limpsfield.

Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, and Leon Sealy and Matt Wright kept Stuart Fletcher under a tight rein while skipper Simon Jackson scored more freely at the other end. Fletcher had scored just eight runs off 34 balls when he was dropped off a straightforward catch to mid off, which would have given Wright a wicket on debut. This reprieve led him to up the tempo, and the pair had added 83 off 17.1 overs when Kamran Munawar bowled Fletcher for 34, off 63 balls. Munawar and skipper Alex Gledhill then imposed such restraint that only 20 runs came off the next ten overs for the loss of three more wickets. In that time the next three batsmen faced 49 balls between them for 13 runs, starving their captain of the strike to such an extent that he faced just 11 balls in that time, off which he scored six. He never fully regained his earlier fluency, but added 38 for the fifth wicket with Ross Powell, who was bowled by Salaar Waqar for 20, and 13 for the sixth with Isaac Miller.

Sealy returned to have Jackson caught behind for 71 (off 82 balls), the same score that he had made in the first match between the sides. Veteran Gordon Boxshall joined Miller with the score on 154-6 after 40.1 overs, but tight bowling and judicious field placing kept them to 11 runs off 5.4 overs before Miller was run out for 14 off 35 balls. Ned Lack came in with orders to hit out, and obliged with 20 off 15 balls before being bowled by Waqar. Munawar returned to take the ninth wicket, but Boxshall then hit 13 off the next four balls to set up the declaration on 206-9 after 51 overs. Munawar finished with 3-39 off 9 overs, Gledhill 2-48 off 13 and Waqar 2-32 off 10, while keeper Will Bancroft picked up three catches.

Dulwich were left with 49 overs to get the runs, but got off to a turgid start against accurate bowling. Only 13 runs came off the first 13 overs for the loss of three wickets, with Ed Stolle, Kristian Williman and Matt Balch facing 66 balls between them for just ten runs. Nick Hudson was the first batsman to inject some life into the proceedings, making 35 off 27 balls and dominating a fourth wicket partnership of 45 in 6.5 overs with Henry Hazlewood. His dismissal was followed by Hazlewood in the next over for 11, and Bancroft fell four overs later having scored just a single.

At 74-6 after 25 overs an assault on the victory target, or even 198 for the winning draw, seemed unlikely, but Waqar and Sealy had other ideas. Waqar had already reached 15 at a run a ball, and Sealy played himself in carefully, scoring just two off his first 12 balls, before declaring his intent with the first of four huge sixes. The partnership reached 50 after ten overs and 100 after 20, by which time they had whittled the target down to 33 for victory or 24 for the winning draw off the last four overs. They had taken their partnership to 109 in 21.3 overs when Jackson had Sealy caught on the boundary for 46, made off 60 balls. Waqar was bowled in the next over for 79, his second half century of the season, having faced 87 balls. They had both recorded their highest scores for Dulwich.

Munawar and Gledhill thus found themselves together at 191-8 with 16 needed for victory off the last over, or more realistically seven for the winning draw. As tension mounted six runs came off the first five balls, leaving Munawar to face the last ball. With the field brought in to save the single, he drove through them for four to reach 201 and claim an extra batting point along with the winning draw.

Dulwich thus gained ten points from the match, against seven for their opponents. They remain in ninth place, but are now just one point behind Epsom. Next week they have their third successive home game when they welcome Old Rutlishians, who are currently fourth in the table.


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