Sat 26th August – 3rd XI v Sunbury

DULWICH 280-7 (50) beat SUNBURY 237 (44.5) by 43 runs


Following a straightforward and comfortable win last week at Walton-On-Thames, Dulwich 3’s welcomed fellow mid-table side Sunbury to the intimidating surrounds of the DSG. Dulwich were looking to make a strong finish to the season after some disappointing performances in early August; the players in the side from last week were pleased to wake up on Saturday morning to hot weather, knowing it would force Stingwray to shelve his new dog jumper, which gained plenty of unwanted attention from the team and in particular, John Morris.

The obligatory warm up took place, with plenty of ground fielding and catching exercises. The boys were impressive and showed the Sunbury players that they dare not even think about hitting the ball in the air. Captain Bailey steamed out to the middle and somehow won the toss, opting to take the first opportunity to bat on, what looked to be a decent pitch.

Dulwich opened up with Cian Scannell and James Chudley, with the latter taking the first ball. Sunbury skipper Birch came charging into Chudley, who nicked it with soft hands and ran away down to third man for four. The next ball, Birch dragged down a rank long hop, which Chudley top-edged to mid-on. Dulwich 4-1 after 0.2 overs. This brought Harry Chathli to the crease, who looked a little edgy early doors but soon got into his stride, rotating the strike well and put the poor deliveries away; in particular playing some lovely on-drives through wide mid-on.

The first round of Sunbury bowling changes, brought Lier and Bentall into the attack. Lier bowling with some away swing and Bentall bowling some loopy off-spin (off a c. 15 yard run up). Scanell was looking solid, playing a text book cover drive before launching Bentall for two fours down to long on. The pair put on 83 before Scannell fell for 25 at 87-2 after 18.1 overs. Chathli, equipped with his girlfriend’s trainers, and in the face of some smelly / below-average chat from the opposition, pushed on and was now joined by Andy Keen. Chathli brought up his 50 in the 25th over with an excellently guided four over the slips, much to the outright disgust of Lier; who was still seething from an LBW decision turned down in his previous over, only for Keen to hit a straight six over his head three balls later.

It would be Bentall who was to strike next. The loopy, flighty off spin appeared to be enough for Keen, who tried to hit the ball out of London, duly bowled for his stupid effort. Chathli soon followed for a well made 55 (5 x 4s). Cormac Meade came and went for 6, also bowled by Bentall. 87-1 had become 143-5. New batsmen Faizal Kassam and Andy Bailey set about re-building the innings to a total which justified the conditions. Faz looked in bullish mood, destroying any loose bowling and playing some excellent shots off his legs. Bailey played a strong supporting role, rotating the strike and putting away the occasional short ball (half volleys to men of normal stature). The pair progressed well and Faz brought up his 50 (7 x 4s) in the 40th over and, with the score on 185-5, skipper Bailey could smell the opportunity of bringing up the highest team score of the season for the 3s.

Faz continued to move through the gears and, aided by some strange field placings, preceded to cream the ball to all parts of the ground. Sunbury’s fifth change bowler, Pillai, bore the brunt of Faz, going for 21 off his only over. Bailey was soon to fall after top edging a pull shot off Lier for a good 25, with the score on 242-6 and a partnership of 99. Ben Lester came and went for 5 after risking his own wicket in an attempt to rotate the strike for Faz; who at this point would probably have sold all of his cricket gear for a toke on his e-cigarette, looked like he was going to make the big ton. Rordon Daws gave Faz the strike at every opportunity and he needed 2 runs from the final ball of the innings. Completely unaware of this requirement, Faz smashed the final ball into his pads and ran one, to finish agonisingly on 99* (15 x 4s) with Daws closing on 3*. An excellent innings from Faz and Dulwich ended on 280-7 from their 50 overs. Sunbury didn’t bowl with much discipline; bowling 20 wides (including Stingwray’s new favourite leg side wide rule) and 12 no balls. Although their wicketkeeper had a good game, only conceding 6 byes. The pick of the Sunbury bowlers was the young Lier, taking 3-60 from his 10 overs.

With the boys full up after a DSG tea, and with the confidence levels high, Bailey lead his team out to defend our 280 total. Rordon Daws and Will Palmer took the new ball for Dulwich with Daws striking immediately in his first over, trapping Hussain infront for 0. His opening partner Pillai, now joined by Finlay, immediately looked to play aggressively, dispatching any loose bowling  and the score rattled on to 40 before Daws clean bowled Finlay in the 9th over for 9. Wicketkeeper Rathore then looked to build a partnership with Pillai.

James Chudley and Josh Nava had now been brought into the attack; the latter bowling some good leg spin, bowling with plenty of flight in an attempt to seduce the batsman into something silly. Sunbury always ensured they were still in the game and kept the scoreboard ticking over. Nava was unlucky not to pick up one or two wickets as a couple of aerial shots didn’t go to hand. The score had now moved on to 114-2 after 25 overs and Bailey replaced Chudley with Lester, looking to break the partnership that was now worth 77. The change turned out to be inspirational as the big hitting Rathore (44) smoked Lester down to Long On where Will ‘Venus Fly Trap’ Palmer produced an excellent catch, engulfing the ball whilst diving forward; even prompting a rare thumbs up from Stingwray on the quiet. Lester was not finished yet, as he had Pillai adjudged LBW two balls later for 54. Lier was next to fall for Sunbury as Lester induced a big shot which was caught by Chathli, giving him the opportunity to provide a send off for his nemesis. With the score on 124-5, Dulwich felt like they were back in the game.

Ranjit and Bains looked to get the Sunbury innings moving again before Bains, holed out to Daws on the mid-wicket boundary for 20. The score was now 155-6 and Dulwich felt like they were in charge of the game. All this was to change as Sunbury skipper Birch strode to the crease and was caught behind first ball, only to find Lester had bowled a front foot no-ball. What became evident in the following overs was that Birch hits a clean ball. Lester and the returning Chudley bore the brunt of Birch’s hitting who was now building a solid partnership, with Ranjit playing the supporting role. Lester again appeared to have Birch’s wicket, Daws catching a waist high full toss at deep mid-wicket; only for the square leg umpire to call for a no-ball.

This partnership took Sunbury to 224-6 off 42 overs with many of the Dulwich fielders twitching. Will Palmer, bowling his second spell from the near end, had Ranjit well caught by Lester at deep square leg for 20. After the batsman crossed, Birch responded by blasting a monstrous six over long on. Desperate to get Birch out, Bailey searched around the field for the golden arm, but had to look no further than cover where Cian Scannell was already fancying his chances. A loopy off-spinner from Scannell induced a loose shot from Birch which was swallowed by Palmer at mid-wicket. The very next ball produced exactly the same outcome with Bentall mishitting a massive six into the waiting hands of Will Palmer at mid-wicket.

This brought Burrows to the crease, who had not played cricket before. Scannel was on a hat trick and the fielders were round the bat. Stingwray, who was attempting to ensure the fielding regulations were adhered to, was told to ‘Come on – I don’t even care’ by Burrows. Unfortunately Scannell couldn’t convert the hat trick and the batsman scampered through for a bye. Palmer took the final wicket, having Burrows caught at point by Keen. Sunbury were all out for 237.

A strong performance from Dulwich who closed the gap in the table behind Sunbury to four points. Dulwich welcome Sutton to the DSG next week in the final game of the season, hoping to close on three consecutive wins.

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