Sat 5th August – 5th XI v Bromley Common

DULWICH 105-4 (30.5) beat BROMLEY COMMON 104-8 (35) by 6 wickets


Report 1

The mighty 5s – scored an impressive win against their fellow promotion chases, Bromley Common on Saturday in a pulsating – yawn – run fest at the DSG.

After a vigorous warm up game of push the covers on and off, Jack won the toss and sensibly inserted the opposition. The opening batsmen took guard against the express pace of KP and Captain Birdseye and the young opener promptly got his just desserts for disrespecting his elders by attempting to hit KP into the next postcode but only spooning a simple catch to Ramon at Mid-On. 

What then followed was a classic exhibition of what Sir Geoffrey has been asking the England top order to demonstrate all summer, where the wily old opener and young number 3 espoused playing any shots in the corridor of uncertainty or, in fact, any shots in any corridor anywhere. KP was at his miserly best and bowled a great spell of controlled in-swing whilst Captain Birdseye minced his pies at the other end to great effect.

Ringing the changes, the skipper brought himself on to replace the old sea dog and promptly removed the number 3 LBW, despite his unlikely protestations that he had hit it which earned him a traditional jovial send off. The introduction of Beggsy gave the opposition no respite and a score of 31-2 at the mid-way point would surely have had Sir Geoffrey purring.  Immediately after the break, Beggsy’s vicious spin induced a big heave from the number 4 which somehow ended up in Dean’s hand at first slip whilst he was waving to Chuds. 

The straight after probably the funniest dismissal ever. With Sakib replacing Jack, the opener decided that 24 overs of forward defensive prodding was plenty flailed at a short delivery. The ball flew high into the air with the non-striking batsman hurtling down for the single. Bails, conscious that the last time he was called upon to catch a skier whilst keeping wicket, ended up with his trousers around his ankles “Bailed” out of the diving catch and two converging fielders and the bowler also couldn’t get to the ball. With four fielders and both batsmen now within two feet of the popping crease the ball returned to earth, hit the seam and bowled itself the perfect off cutter to clip the top of off stump.   As Sakib immediately pointed out – it just says bowled in the book.

The anticipated late innings charge didn’t really materialise, despite Beggsy’s best efforts, and so the bowlers contented themselves with helping to accelerate the score by giving away 20 wides out of the final total of 104 for 8 off 35 overs.

After tea, the reason why Bromley Common are in the upper reaches of the league became obvious. The two opening bowlers were excellent, bowling with good pace and tight lines. Cook and Brown both perished early on and Bails was missed one to leave the Doggies 13 for 3 off 13 overs.  Enter James Worley to join Jules “the Wall” Dean.  James, as is his way, played and missed at the first 10 balls he faced and promptly creamed the next three over the top of cover to see us slightly ahead of the run-rate at the half-way point on a glorious 40-3.

Hardly a Worley innings goes by without the ramp shot coming out and Saturday was no exception with his charging down the wicket to the returning opening bowler and middling a  reverse ramp past the opposition skipper’s head at first slip much to the amusement of everyone bar  the oppo’s skipper.  This was promptly followed by a classical straight six to get the score board moving.

As is always the way, James then ran past the first ball he faced from the opposition’s Tim Brown impersonator to be stumped by about ten yards and with 40 about needed in 9 overs, when going at two an over had been pushing it all day, the game was back in the balance.

Deciding that it was time to squeeze hard, the skipper and young bowler agreed to bring the field up to the Wall who had by this time crawled into double figures.  Bringing in the cow corner fielder and deep mid-on laced with a few choice comments about JD’s ability to hit the ball off the square (fair comment really as Beggsy was saying much the same thing), was quickly filed under the “good idea at the time” category as the ball was twice despatched in the general direction of whence they came and whence they promptly returned.  Sakib then took a liking to the grenade thrower and we accelerated to the win with 4 overs to spare with JD 42 not out and Sakib with a well struck 17 not out.

A good win which puts our hopes of promotion in our hands now. All to play for in the next few weeks.

Report 2

Another Saturday and another top of the table clash, as well as another nervous day watching the showers

We started the day in 2nd place just ahead of our opponents Bromley Common who were in third 13 points behind us and with them having a game in hand. In order to keep things in our own hands we needed to play well and win.

With the overs reduced to 35 Jack won what was a good toss to win and decided to put Bromley Common in under cloudy skies and in damp conditions. Kanak opened the bowling from the far end at DSG (8.4 overs 1 for 16) and Simon Peters (8 overs 2 for 32) from the ‘Presidents’ end (also known as the Turney Road end). In these conditions a good opening attack to grind opponents down and so it proved. Tight spells from both backed up by good fielding kept Bromley Common under pressure and tight follow up spells from David Begg ( 1for 11 off 6) and Jack himself (1 for 9 off 4.2) continued with Julian taking a stunning catch at slip off Beggsy.  

At the drinks break at 18 overs they were 30 odd for 3. Further bowling changes to Raman Sarao and Sakib Rashid showed the strength of our bowling attack. The Bromley Common opener had been battling hard but not really troubling the scorers too much when he tried a more expansive shot off Sakib, the ball ballooned into the air and several Dulwich fielders started towards catching the ball. Chaos ensued as the batsman’s partner called a loud yes hoping to cross. The batsman put his hands over his head and was heard to cry “I don’t know where it is”. Fortunately no Dulwich fielder got to the ball as it bounced two yards down the wicket and then slowly span back to hit the stumps. Bowled, in what Julian Dean described as the best dismissal he had ever seen in his cricketing career.

Bromley Common accelerated a bit after this although the innings was interrupted by another storm. 4 overs 2 for 17 from Raman including a great catch off his own bowling and 4 overs 1 from 11 for Sakib backed up the previous bowling as they ended up on 104 for 8 in 35 overs. Kanak injuring his hip as he couldn’t finish an over. However – first part of the job done.

Their opening bowling was very tight and Dave Cook got done by a great ball. Julian joined Tim and they battled for a while before a drive from Tim and an edge resulted in a great catch at 2nd slip. Simon Bailey was soon bowled by another stunner of a delivery. The position of 13 from 3 off 11 overs suggested that it was game on. Just before drinks James Worley, who bats outside the Lord's Coaching Manual, hit three successive balls for 4. We were 40 for 3 at drinks so slightly ahead of where they had been but with much to do. Julian was giving us all a lesson in how to run (as he does every week, and one that continues well into drinking time). Eventually they pulled the field in to Julian and he hit over the top, then they put the field out and he hits singles. James got out for an interesting 28 including a ramp which was supposed to go to fine leg but ended up at third man. Sakib (17*) joined Julian and they finished the job. Julian on 42 not out in a really important innings that started off as anything but fluent.

The last few overs of the game had the padded up Raman Sarao, Jack Rutherford and David Begg all pacing. Looking at the scorecard it looked an easy win for us but it was tough. We are now 26 points ahead of Bromley Common (20 points for a win and they have a game in hand) so we have a good shot at promotion if we can keep up our availability and competitive form for three more weeks. Next week Catford & Cyphers away.

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