Sat 29th July – 1st XI v Epsom

DULWICH 192-9 (55) v EPSOM – Match abandoned


Dulwich staged a remarkable recovery in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Epsom, but it proved to be in vain as the weather had the final say.

Epsom put their opponents in under overcast skies and with the threat of heavy rain to come. Fourteen runs off the first three overs proved to be a false dawn as the bowling tightened and scoring became ever more difficult. The first three wickets fell within the space of ten balls, and they continued to fall at regular intervals until the seventh wicket went down with the score on 61, coincidentally the same score on which the seventh South African wicket had fallen in the Test Match on the previous day. Jon Lodwick now adopted the role played by Temba Bavuma in the Test, dominating a stand of 26 in 4.5 overs with skipper Alex Gledhill, who made a resolute 3 off 19 balls. At 87-8 after 37 overs Lodwick was joined by Kamran Munawar, who played himself in carefully, scoring just two runs off his first 16 balls, before going on the attack. The pair had added 81 in 16.4 overs when Munawar fell in the penultimate over with the score on 168. Lodwick then scored 24 off the last eight balls of the innings, including 19 off the last over, to take his side to 192-9 after their 55 overs. Lodwick finished unbeaten with 81 off 86 balls, while Munawar’s 41 had come off 60 balls. Both batsmen had recorded their top scores for the first team.

But the rain was already falling as the players left the field, and despite a couple of brief interludes it never relented long enough for the match to resume. It was therefore abandoned, with both sides taking four points.

This was the second week in succession that all the matches in Division 2 have been rained off. It was particularly galling for Dulwich as they were playing the two teams immediately above them in the table, and victory in either match could have lifted them out of the relegation zone. They thus remain in ninth place, with only five matches remaining. Next week the format reverts to 50 overs a side, as Dulwich travel to Worcester Park who are currently third in the table.

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