Sat 5th May – 3rd XI v Reigate Priory

Dulwich 3’s got off to a winning start to their 2018 campaign with a comfortable victory over Reigate Priory.

After Skipper Andy Bailey won the toss, he elected to bat under the bright skies on what looked a decent batting strip, certainly much improved conditions for cricket than the previous week’s practise game.

Abutalha Arabi started the innings brightly for Dulwich playing some extravagant strokes over the top of the infield. Dulwich however, soon found themselves in a bit of trouble after losing Guy Woodgate and Abutalha in quick succession leaving the home side 30-2. It was left to Guy Skinner and Ben Stinson to rebuild the innings. Ben Stinson batted with plenty of intent before being trapped in-front by a Shayne Cossey delivery which appeared to virtually roll along the floor!

This brought Raj Tulsiani to the crease, who overcame a slow start to his innings to flourish and score well made 50! After the loss of Raj, Skinner teamed up with Alex Bridgland and the pair put on 50 for the 5th wicket, aided by some under par fielding this allowed Dulwich to achieve a total of 238-5 from their 50 overs. A score which looked slightly above par and one which the team felt confident of defending. Guy Skinner who had anchored the innings throughout played an excellent hand, finishing up with 75 not out of only about 240 deliveries. The sort of form which gives 2’s captain Oliver Steward a real selection headache for next week!

The run chase started steadily for Reigate with Srikanth Vuppala being particularly aggressively in his 39. Both Jeremy Jones and Sunil Isaac bowled with decent control up front and it was Sunil who claimed the breakthrough having Brijesh Bharatiya plum in front with the score at 23. The Reigate batsman continued to play their shots but continued to lose regular wickets throughout the innings. After taking a while to settle George Hobden, claimed some vital strikes in his 4-58. Abutalha Arabi bowled with exceptional turn and guile picking up 3 wickets, including the dangerous Nick Gavigan when appearing set on 25. Lawrence Taylor will feel unfortunate not to get amongst the wicket column after bowling with decent pace and control during his 10 over spell. At 8 wickets down, captain Andy Bailey brought back opening bowler Jeremy Jones who duly finished of proceedings mopping up the last two wickets in successive balls.

Dulwich were certainly pleased to start the season with a very good win over a Reigate team who finished 2nd in the table last year. Another win this weekend against Wimbledon will give the 3’s the belief they can challenge for honours come the end of the season! (If that happens maybe we’ll even see Skinner get the beers in)!

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