Sat 29th July – 3rd XI v Reigate Priory

DULWICH 140 (44.3) abandoned vs REIGATE PRIORY 7-1 (2.3)


On what started out as a bright, sunny day, the Dulwich 3rd XI faced Reigate Priory at the DSG. As the team ventured out to warm up, and in some cases, sweat out Friday’s liquid refreshments, the heavens provided refreshment of their own. This proved to be a  recurring theme throughout the day.

Stand-in skipper Jones duly lost the toss and Dulwich were put in by the opposition.

Scannell and Chathli opened up, the latter trying to create a new fashion trend on the cricket scene by batting in Nike Air Max trainers. After battling through some tight bowling, skipper Brickley decided that Chathli was his type on paper and he was sent packing by the opening bowler for 4.

Woodgate arrived at the crease and proceeded to hold the fort with Scannell for a short while, before being adjudged LBW off Brickley. Enter Casson, the South African nursing his wounds after his national team’s dismal display at the Oval the night before. He fell, like many of his comrades, LBW after a short stay in the middle.

All the while, Scannell continued about his business scoring where he could on a sluggish outfield. Shortly after the introduction of young Stone at the crease, Scannell was caught at mid-on via top edge playing early to a length ball. A well made 17.

Durrani and Stone then stabilised the faltering Dulwich innings with the precipitation getting heavier by the minute – Durrani with a Keaton Jennings-esque wagon wheel and Stone with some sublime stroke play.

"Towel T-Shirt" gate was in full flow again on the sideline as Knightsbridge proclaimed his disgust at several favoured colours not being available in the sale.

The amusement continued when Durrani pushed the ball back down the wicket to bowler McInley and asked him to throw it at him. McKinley duly obliged and the throw caught the Reigate keeper flush on the knee, bringing cheers from the sideline and everyone else on the field.  This was also the bowler that was, according to young Stone, “absolutely rapid when I faced him in the Under 9s”.

Durrani perished when he deposited a rank long hop from bowler Tiley straight down the throat of cow corner. Swashbuckling Arabi played his short innings with familiar aggression before being dismissed by a somewhat spectacular diving caught and bowled effort by McInley.

Knightsbridge arrived, thankfully wearing a regular Dulwich shirt rather than a towel variety, and proceeded to rotate the strike nicely with Stone, until the vertically challenged of the two got voted off by Tiley for a well constructed 27.

Skipper Jones struggled on what was becoming a minefield of a wicket, nurdling the dual spin attack of Tye and Tiley around before Tiley snared a leading edge from Jones off his own bowling, seemingly without looking at the ball, for the second ridiculous caught and bowled of the day.

Ramakrishnan saw off 3 deliveries somewhat unconvincingly before the umpire called for the covers. Tea was taken and after a delay of 45 minutes, Knightsbridge and Ramakrishnan strode back out to the middle. After playing his shots, Ramakrishnan duly cut the ball to backward point, bringing Day to the fore.

A quick scoring partnership, punctuated by Day’s technique that some may say should have saw him in at 10, brought the opening bowler Brickley back and this did for Knightsbridge. Dulwich 3rd XI all out for 140.

A quick turnaround saw Jones start with the new ball. The captain bowled an excellent length, making use of the gremlins in the wicket, asking all sorts of questions of the openers. In an inspired move, Arabi was handed the new cherry at the other end and proceeded to turn the ball a literal mile and did for Tye, stumped, after he ran down the wicket before even having a look – utter stupidity.

Jones ran rings around the batsmen for 3 further deliveries before the DSG head groundsman put an end to the their ordeal, calling off the match. A muted end to what was shaping up to be a corker of a game in the gloomy conditions.

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