Sat 8th July – 5th XI v Old Wilsonians

DULWICH 154-6 (40) beat OLD WILSONIANS 153 (39) by 4 wickets


The ultimate finish in cricket, we needed 6 off the last ball to win and with a shortish straight boundary Raman Sarao batting at 9 hit a slower ball from the Ex Blues opening bowler into the trees. Cue screams of delight from the rest of the team. We usually have good close games w Ex Blues but this was ridiculous.

Six and a half hours Jack had lost the toss and we had been asked to field as travel difficulties delayed several of the side, Blenchy also needing to get a sandwich on the way. Late call up Mike Owen was last to arrive and we just managed to get 11 on the field in time. Kanak Patel and Raman Sarao opened the bowling and despite bowling well Ex Blues started pretty well. We had trouble on the sloping slightly strange shaped ground to get our fielders in the right place. Kanak up the hill managed to get an early wicket and the ex blues number three started a long dogged innings of 76. Raman bowled the other opener from down the hill and then Beggsy and Jack Rutherford were introduced to the fray. Jack bowled the tightest spell of his season with 5 overs for 17 and David was unlucky with three knicks flying through the slips where the single slip fielder wasn't! Josh then bowled a good spell to take 3 for 36 with two stumping by Young keeper Rahul Weston. At one point we even had leg spin both ends. Ex Blues continued partnerships and ended up with 191 for 6 off their 40 overs.

We knew that we needed to bat well and first came a small cameo from Richard Blench with his new bat bought from eBay. Aidan then supported Rahul well but got out when he was well set and beat himself up for the rest of the afternoon (he was pretty pleased we won). Rahul batted beautifully for his 41 before he got out to an experienced loopy spinner just as Aidan had. They had both been looking comfortable but when Nick Rochford joined them back in the pavilion we needed well over 100 with 4 wickets down and just over 20 overs left.

Tim Brown joined Mike Owen and they struggled w the indifferent bounce and the tight bowling but managed to put on a 30 partnership. The required rate was rising though and after skipper Jack perished first ball David Begg came in and added a bit of momentum with some inventive shots. Tim batted doggedly until out for 31 he just had trouble timing the ball but again a partnership of 30 plus was put on to just keep us in the game. Beggsy pulled a muscle for a second match in a row and required a runner and Raman managed son lusty blows including and audacious ramp in the penultimate over. David was bowled and we were left requiring 16 off the last over. An early six, a wide and three singles (two from the wily Kanak) left the final ball as previously described. Raman a brilliant 34 not out.

We remain in second place w top side Roebucks visiting DSG on Saturday.

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