Sat 19th August – 1st XI v Bank of England

BANK OF ENGLAND 233-6 (50) beat DULWICH 153 (42.1) by 80 runs


A depleted Dulwich side were thoroughly outplayed in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match against Bank of England, going down to defeat by 80 runs.

Dulwich gave their opponents first use of a good batting pitch, only to see them get off to a flying start as 21 runs came off the first two overs from Jon Lodwick and Kamran Munawar. It was Munawar who made the breakthrough in his second over, dismissing Charlie O’Brien, who had made 23 off 16 balls, with the score on 29 after just 3.2 overs. Fellow opener Sam Brandon scored the next eleven runs before also falling to Munawar for 15, off 19 balls, in the eighth over with the score on 40. Damon Ridgway and skipper Richard Rawlings now consolidated as the bowling tightened, and the 50 did not come up until the 13th over, but they gradually increased the tempo. With several spin bowling regulars unavailable, former captain Graeme Hough returned to the first team for the first time since 2007, and got off to a good start by conceding just nine runs off his first six overs. But he then came in for some stick as Rawlings went on the rampage, with 35 coming off his last four.

The pair had added 133 for the third wicket off 34.3 overs when both fell in successive overs. Rawlings was the first to go, brilliantly caught by Ross Ewing off Lodwick for 72, off 98 balls. Ridgway, who had taken 21 balls to get off the mark, succumbed to a juggling catch on the boundary by Assan Crawford-Khan off skipper Alex Gledhill for 71, off 124 balls, with the score on 192 in the 43rd over. The next few batsmen tried to push the score along in the remaining seven overs, resulting in a wicket apiece for Crawford-Khan and Munawar, who returned to finish with 3-43 off his ten overs. A brief cameo by Ed Jones, who hit an unbeaten 18 off 11 balls, saw his side to 233-6 after their 50 overs.

The Dulwich reply got off to a disastrous start when Ed Stolle was out lbw to the second ball of the innings. Matt Balch and Kristian Williman then raised hopes by adding 70 in 18 overs for the second wicket, before both fell in the same over. Balch was first to go, caught at midwicket after making 26 off 52 balls. Off the next legitimate ball both batsmen found themselves at the same end, with Williman run out for 34, off 58 balls. Ewing provided a quick 16 off 14 balls, but was the next to go with the score on 92, after 23 overs. Lodwick, with 19 off 40 balls, also kept the score moving, but was the first of five wickets that fell as Dulwich declined from 113-4 to 127-9 in the space of seven overs. It took a last wicket stand of 26 between Munawar, who finished unbeaten with 22 off 26 balls, and Hough to lift the score past 150 and gain a batting point that could prove to be vital at the end of the season. Hough became the fourth lbw of the innings, having made 9 off 15 balls, as Dulwich were dismissed for 153 off the first ball of the 43rd over.

Dulwich gained just two points from a disappointing match and slip one place to eighth, just 11 points ahead of Epsom and 13 above Bank of England, whose third successive win has given them an unexpected chance of survival. Next week Dulwich travel to Malden Wanderers, who are currently fifth. Dulwich will be looking for the vital win that will steer them away from the threat of relegation.


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