Sat 15th July – 1st XI v Esher

DULWICH 249-9 (50) beat ESHER 102 (38.2) by 147 runs


A fine all-round performance by Salaar Waqar, who hit 69 and took five wickets, led Dulwich to a stunning victory by the emphatic margin of 147 runs over table leaders Esher in Division 2 of the Travelbag Surrey Championship.

Dulwich were put in to bat, but got off to a rousing start as Nick Hudson dominated both the strike and the scoring to score 25 out of an opening stand of 35 in nine overs with Matt Balch. He then scored a further 22 in a second wicket stand of 24 in three overs with Henry Hazlewood. Both fell in successive balls with the score on 59, with Hudson having made 47 of those runs off 48 balls. Assan Crawford-Khan fell 16 runs later, to bring in Waqar to join Kristian Williman. The pair had taken the score to 107-4 off 22 overs when a heavy shower drove the players from the field. Ten overs were lost, thereby reducing the Dulwich innings to a maximum of 50.

After the resumption the pair took their partnership to 68 off 20 overs when Williman was caught behind for 32 with the score on 143. This brought in keeper Will Bancroft, who went on the attack, scoring 41 off 34 balls in a stand of 67 in nine overs for the sixth wicket to take the total to 210 after 44.2 overs. Waqar fell two overs later, having faced 91 balls for his 69. This was his fourth half century of the season, and his second against these opponents. Skipper Alex Gledhill and Kamran Munawar then added 36 for the eighth wicket before Gledhill became the fifth victim for keeper Alex Martin in the final over. Matt Quaife was run out off the penultimate ball, and the innings closed on 249-9 after 50 overs. Esher had 40 overs to try and score the runs, or at least reach 200 for the winning draw.

The bowling was opened by second team captain James Bridgland, making a rare first team appearance, and he got off to an ideal start when he removed the visiting skipper with the second ball of the innings. He dismissed the other opener with the last ball of his third over, and Munawar followed up three balls later by bowling the dangerous Martin, who had made a century in the first match between the sides. The fourth wicket pair came together with the score on 27, and had added 31 when Waqar, having conceded two fours off his first four balls, dismissed prolific overseas player Shoaib Khan with his fifth. This initiated a collapse in which six wickets fell for 35 runs in 14 overs, with three more to Waqar and two to Quaife.

The last wicket pair thus came together with the score on 93 and 12.2 overs of the innings remaining. Gledhill used four different bowlers to try and break the stand, but the pair resisted for ten overs as number 8 Ben Collins took a single off the last ball of four consecutive overs to keep last man Tom Brown away from the strike. A maiden by the skipper in the 38th over left Brown facing the 39th. Waqar was recalled, and he bowled Brown with his second ball to dismiss Esher for 102. Waqar rounded off an inspired performance with 5-23 off 11.2 overs.

Dulwich have thus lost to the bottom side and beaten the top side in successive weeks. Unfortunately the three sides above them in the table all also won this week, so Dulwich remain in ninth place. They are five points behind Epsom and 14 behind seventh placed Dorking, who are their visitors next week in the return match between the sides. Dulwich won the first match, and would overtake their opponents if they can repeat the feat next week.

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