Sat 19th August – 5th XI v Old Elthamians

OLD ELTHAMIANS 182-5 (40) beat DULWICH 91 (39) by 91 runs


Another disappointing day for the 5th team in their quest for promotion. A second below par performance in a row and this week no real fightback.

Jack won the toss and we elected to bowl first and Kanak opening from one end got us an early wicket clean bowled. Simon Peters opened at the other end with his usual warm up consisting of racing to get ready to be on the pitch at the start. Simon bowled pretty well but was wicketless as the Old Elthamian numbers 2 and 3 both scored 30 and they worked the score to 70 at drinks. Raman Sarao had replaced the unusually quiet Kanak and was probably the best bowler of the day.  

We were well below par in the field with dropped catches, misfields and we never really felt we were on top. Raman took 3 for 35 and David Begg bowled close to his usual tight spell 1 for 34 off 10 but even he was slipping in a few too many bad balls. The 5th wicket partnership between a young kid and their left handed keeper took the game away from us and spells from Jack, Josh Nava and the returning Peters couldn't halt the flow of runs. They ended up on 182 for 5 as we picked up only two bowling points. They had followed the Tim Brown structure of a 40 overs innings almost to the letter 30-40-50-60 in each successive 10 overs and we knew we were going have to bat well.

We didn’t. Lord Blench went early leaving a rather good inswinger which bowled him and late call up Piran Legg fell the same way. Tim Brown started the innings with the phrase if you are going to slash slash hard in his head and proceeded to give first and second slip some catching practice. Three chances all resulting in runs. Eventually one flew to first slip, another drop but the rebound was picked up by the keeper as Tim departed for 13. Harry Chathli, James Worley and Raman Sarao all departed fairly swiftly the last two to the promising opposition leggy. Jack hung around for a while with a solid defence and a few strong blows to almost get top scorer but also fell to the young leg spinner for 12. Simon Peters provided dogged resistance for the second week in a row but the game was up. The only remaining highlight was an all run three from Kanak which had the team trying to remember the last time that happened.  

In two weeks we have gone from being favourites for promotion to being out of contention. We have one game left and are 3 points behind Bromley Common who have a game in hand. Barring a bizarre set of results we will not be able to take second place. A disappointing end to what was a pretty good season. Next Saturday we finish at DSG against Wickham Park.

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