Sat 12th August – 1st XI v Chessington

DULWICH 108 (45.2) lost to CHESSINGTON 109-7 (33) by 3 wickets


A top order batting collapse saw Dulwich go down to defeat by three wickets in a low scoring Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Chessington.

Dulwich chose to bat on winning the toss, and Matt Balch and acting skipper Tom Savill put on 12 off the first four overs with eccentric running looking more likely to take a wicket than the bowlers. This all changed in the fifth over as Savill and Kristian Williman were bowled by successive balls from Colin Watson, who followed up by having Assan Crawford-Khan caught behind and went on to complete his ten overs with 3-25. In the meantime Ronan Qazi had Henry Hazlewood lbw, and when Balch was also caught behind in Prince Singh’s first over, having resisted stoutly for 39 balls for 10, Dulwich were in disarray at 26-5 off 12 overs. Salaar Waqar and Will Bancroft now combined in a stand of 31 for the sixth wicket, with Bancroft defending staunchly for 39 balls for five, while Waqar was more aggressive, scoring 29 off 54. Skipper Dan Yarnley removed Bancroft with his second ball and bowled his ten overs straight through for just ten runs. Luke Barnard dismissed Waqar and Leon Sealy while conceding just 28 runs off his ten. Jon Lodwick and Patrick George thus came together at 68-8 in the 31st over. Both defended resolutely, with Lodwick scoring just one run off his first 32 balls before going on the attack. George gave him solid support for 46 balls for six. The pair had added 37 for the ninth wicket when George was bowled by Qazi. James Bridgland fell to Singh five balls later to leave Lodwick stranded on 30, off 61 balls. Dulwich were all out for 108 in the 46th over.

The Chessington batsmen didn’t find scoring any easier, and Lodwick and Sealy each picked up an early wicket to reduce them to 15-2 after five overs. Bridgland joined the attack for the 13th over, and maintained his record of taking a wicket in his first over, but had to come off after that one over due to injury. Rob Edmond and Karl Thorns thus came together with the score on 34-3, and Thorns went on the attack against George and Waqar to add 30 for the fourth wicket in just 4.1 overs. Waqar had his revenge, removing Edmond for 20 and Matt Alldis for 5 to make it 70-5. Thorns and Qazi added 18 before Sealy returned to dismiss Thorns for 29, and Waqar had Adam Lawrence stumped without scoring in the next over to make it 90-7. The match seemed to hang in the balance, but Yarnley had held himself back to number nine, and after playing himself in for nine balls he hit four fours off Sealy’s tenth over to see his side home by three wickets.

Dulwich take just two points from this match. They remain in seventh place, but are now level on points with Dorking and are just ten ahead of ninth placed Epsom. Next week they have a crucial home match against bottom club Bank of England, and will be looking to avenge their defeat in the first match between the sides.

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