Sat 26th August – 1st XI v Malden Wanderers

MALDEN WANDERERS 299-7 (50) beat DULWICH 112 (32.1) by 187 runs


Dulwich travelled to Malden Wanderers hoping for the win that would ease the threat of relegation from Division 2 of the Travelbag Surrey Championship, but another wretched display saw them go down to defeat by the huge margin of 187 runs.

The home side chose to bat, and were lucky not to lose an early wicket as Jon Lodwick repeatedly found the edge of Aussie OP Jacob Wilson’s bat only to see the ball shoot between the slips to the boundary. With a third man posted from his third over onwards he was able to impose some restraint, and after conceding 17 off his first two overs, the remaining eight cost just 19. Nonetheless the 50 came up in the tenth over, and it took the advent of James Bridgland to secure the breakthrough, as he took a wicket in his first over for the fourth time in as many matches for the first team this season. Wickets for Lodwick and skipper Alex Gledhill reduced Malden to 81-3 after 20.2 overs, but this only brought in Will Sabey, who dominated a stand with Wilson that put on 143 for the fourth wicket in 23 overs. Sabey made 92 of these off 85 balls before being bowled by Kamran Munawar. Wilson had by now reached 90, and he continued past his century before also falling to Munawar for 116, off 132 balls. Wilson had been joined by James Wackett, who lived up to his name by smashing 40 off 22 balls, including three sixes off one Gledhill over, before being stumped off the last ball of the innings. This was Munawar’s second wicket of the over, and three wickets in his last ten balls had given him figures of 4-60 off nine overs. Dulwich thus claimed their second bowling point as Malden finished on a mammoth 299-7 off their 50 overs.

Ed Stolle and Matt Balch had advanced the Dulwich innings sedately to 14 after six overs when Michael Cottrell and that man Sabey each took two wickets in his fourth over. This left them reeling on 17-4, coincidentally the same score that they had been reduced to in the first meeting between the sides. A third wicket for Cottrell made it 26-5. Will Bancroft dug in, and helped Stolle double the score before falling in the 15th over with the score on 52, and Stolle himself went five overs later to make it 56-7. He had scored 44 of those runs, off 49 balls, while his first six partners had managed just nine runs between them. The eighth wicket fell at 67, whereupon Gledhill took part in two partnerships that added 45 for the last two wickets. He played second fiddle to Munawar, whose 21 (off 26 balls) was the second highest score of the innings, in a ninth wicket stand of 22, and then added 23 for the last wicket with Bridgland. Cottrell returned to remove the latter for 11 (off 12 balls) and finish with 4-32 off 9.1 overs, while Gledhill remained unbeaten on 14. Dulwich were dismissed in just 32.1 overs for 112.

Dulwich thus gain just two points from a match for the third week running, and have slipped back to ninth place after Bank of England secured their fourth consecutive victory. The final match is away to Old Rutlishians, who are just four points above them in eighth place. Victory for Dulwich would secure another year in Division 2, while defeat would almost certainly lead to relegation.

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