Sat 24th June – 4th XI v Oxted & Limpsfield

DULWICH 238-8 (43.5) beat OXTED & LIMPSFIELD 129 (32.2) by 109 runs 224-7 (40) by 23 runs


Runs from Inglis, Durrani and Callaghan coupled with 8 wickets for stand-in skipper Swain propelled Dulwich 4s to their 3rd win on the bounce at the DSG.

Once again losing the toss, stand in skipper Swain was asked to bat on a breezy, cloudy day at the DSG. Openers Peters and Durrani led an inexperienced but talented lineup out to the crease, on a pitch which had seen over 400 runs scored on it the previous week.

Peters looked good early on, striking some classy boundaries square of the wicket, before some uneven bounce took his edge, caught behind for 11. Durrani was joined at the crease by Inglis, and together they proceeded to add almost 100 runs for the second wicket. Both players played with strong defence and punished any wayward bowling on a fair track that was offering assistance for both sides.

Durrani continued to work the ball calmly around the field, while at the other end Inglis showed some of the classy shots which have often seen him play for higher teams at Dulwich. With the score reaching triple figures Durrani was the first to fall, caught trying to work the ball down to 3rd man for a classy 49. Inglis lasted only a few overs longer, caught for a fine 56.

With the batting lineup having a slight wobble, newcomers McNeice and Emery looked to consolidate in their own ways – McNeice working the singles effectively and Emery hitting his first ball for 6 over mid off…

Unfortunately Emery’s judgment of a run was not up to the standards of his hitting, as he was soon run out, the 6 his only scoring shot. Next up was youngster Cormac Meade, who immediately looked at home in the 4s, playing several classy and powerful shots on his way to 21. McNeice fell for 15 and Williams made only 3, and with Meade joined by Callaghan, the game was finely balanced with Dulwich 5 down.

20 minutes of Prasanna, however, and Dulwich were well on top. 48* off about 25 balls, Dulwich reaching 238-8 and a slightly early declaration on the cards. Swain gave Prasanna one ball to reach his 50 before declaring, he didn’t get it.

A fine batting performance, with great performances from newcomers and old heads alike.

With 47 overs to take the required 10 wickets, Dulwich started off with an aggressive field for Sunil’s opening over. A good start from him and Swain opened up at the other end. First ball, head high wide down leg side. 2nd ball, banged in and hit for 4. 3rd ball, full toss. This was not looking good.

From out of nowhere on the 5th (legal) ball of the over, Swain induced an edge from the opener which flew straight to Inglis at gully, before he trapped number 3 LBW first ball. Oxted 5-2 and reeling.

Another good over followed from Sunil but with no luck, before Swain was hit for 4 first ball of his 2nd over. Next ball, another leading edge induced, this time taken by Meade at Gully, and Oxted were looking a long way off the target.

This pattern continued for the first 9 overs of the game – Sunil bowling with good control and movement, Swain mixing 4 or 5 dangerous, seaming balls with one pie each over. 

By the end of the 10th, Swain was on his 2nd hat-trick ball and had taken a 5-fer in just 5 overs – number 5 bowled and 6 LBW first ball. The game was all but over as a contest.

Prasanna got in on the act, bowling with great pace and seam movement to dislodge the tricky Hanrott for 44 caught by Inglis. With one end open, Swain proceeded to dispatch his 6th, 7th and 8th victims in quick succession – one to a very good catch behind from Durrani, a catch by McNeice at 2nd gully, and a swinging, seaming ball to clip the top of off. Oxted 9 down, Swain bowled out with figures of 13-1-55-8. Not bad.

The last wicket pair managed to hold out for 9 overs, Sunil and Woodsy (FINALLY introduced to the attack) bowling well but unable to get the penetration on a dampened wicket, before finally Woodsy trapped the last man LBW for 66 in the 33rd over.

Some fine individual performances, a great team effort, and a 3rd win in a row – the 4s go marching on.

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