Sat 12th August – 2nd XI v Walton on Thames

WALTON ON THAMES 235-8 (50) beat DULWICH 233-9 (50) by 2 runs


This Saturday the 2s travelled to Walton on Thames hoping to build on last week's victory and help cement our bid for promotion. After a warm-up described as "not worth writing about", Dulwich lost the toss and were asked to bowl.

The match got off to a magnificent start with Kam taking a wicket with the first ball, snicked behind to Steve. This was immediately followed by the Walton No. 3 doing exactly the same thing. Unfortunately, this time the umpire appeared to have lost the use of his eyes and his ears, and it was not given. Still, Kam got his man in his next over, caught by Steve for 0 for the second time in the match. Dulwich kept the pressure up with some tidy bowling, and with the score at 16-2 off 10 even the opposition were muttering about an early finish. Alas, it was not to be, as the Walton 2 and 4 proved annoyingly tenacious, scoring well and making the most of any chances we gave them.  We needed something different, something they wouldn't expect, and up stepped the Prince of Dulwich. First ball, again taken by Steve, and the partnership of 124 was finally broken. Walton continued scoring readily, including a massive six off Kam which only bounced once on its way to the line, finishing on 235-8. Mention to Steve, who took four catches.

Following what can only be described as the Best Tea in the League, new opening batsman Rylan Clark-Neal strode to the middle with Ross Ewing to begin our biggest chase of the season. Rylan impressed immediately, scoring a single with his very first ball, however, after making a very rapid 7 off 25 balls, he was caught, and the Prince went out to join Rossco.  Ross was looking good, scoring quickly, but after 3 boundaries he too was caught. The Prince and Oli put on 50 odd for the third wicket before getting out on 23 and 46 respectively. Dulwich continued to chase down the target, with all contributing, but ultimately we didn't push for the second run enough, and were left stranded on 233-9, losing by two runs.

Special thanks must go to Cheese for turning up to annoy everybody umpire whilst sporting an injury sustained during a game of ultimate hopscotch.

With three weeks left, and third place Banstead next week, it is vital that we get back to winning if we want to keep our place in the top two at the end of the season. Come on Doggies!

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