Sat 26th May – 1st XI v Bank of England

BANK OF ENGLAND 230-7 (50) beat DULWICH 210 (49.2) by 20 runs



A depleted Dulwich side lacking three of last week’s top four batsmen made a spirited attempt to chase a total of 230 in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match against Bank of England, but in the end went down to defeat by 20 runs.


Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, only to see Charlie O’Brien and Ed Crowther add 68 for the first wicket in 14 overs. The advent of spin brought the breakthrough as Alex Gledhill dismissed Crowther for 33 in his first over. He and Assan Crawford-Khan then imposed a tight rein as only 27 runs came off the next ten overs. Salaar Waqar was unable to impose the same restraint, and the score had moved to 133 in the 32nd over when Gledhill struck again in his last over, having bowled his ten over stint straight through for just 25 runs. O’Brien was joined by skipper Richard Rawlings, and together they took the score to 178.  O’Brien then fell for 90, made off 118 balls, caught on the boundary off Phil McCormack from the last ball of the 43rd over. The last seven overs brought another 52 runs for the loss of four more wickets, with McCormack taking two of them to finish with 3-35, and opening bowlers Jon Lodwick and Kamran Munawar taking one each. The innings closed on 230-7.


The Dulwich batsmen then found runs hard to come by against tight bowling and keen fielding. Skipper Ed Stolle started fluently, but his partner Guy Skinner took 19 balls to get off the mark. Skinner then monopolised the strike so completely from the tenth to the fifteenth over that his captain faced just four balls in those six overs. The score had crept to 49 in the 18th over when Stolle was caught behind for 25. George Pearson, on his first team debut, was similarly becalmed, and the second wicket pair added just 28 in the next ten overs before Skinner was bowled for 39, having faced 94 balls, with the score on 77.


Ed Hopkins thus came to the wicket with 154 needed off 22 overs. After playing himself in for two overs he launched an attack which saw him take 20 runs from the 31st over, including two sixes onto the railway line off successive balls. This inspired his partner to also go for his shots, and the pair had added 49 in seven overs when Pearson was lbw for 30. Waqar also put bat to ball, scoring 17 off 14 balls before being run out with the score on 150 in the 39th over. Will Bancroft was caught on the boundary for 5, and Hopkins’ belligerent innings came to an end when he skied one to the keeper, having made 45 off 41 balls. Lodwick gave a return catch in the next over to make it 171-7 after 43.1. Crawford-Khan thus came in with 60 still needed off 6.5 overs. He lost Munawar and McCormack to successive balls with the score on 185 in the 47th over. Gledhill helped him take twelve runs off the 48th and ten off the 49th, but 22 were still required from the last over. Gledhill was stumped off the second ball for 13 (off nine balls), leaving his partner undefeated with 19.


Dulwich are now the only side in Division 2 to still be without a win, and find themselves marooned at the foot of the table. Next week the format switches to timed games. Dulwich will be hoping for a better result when they have their first ever visit to newly promoted Kingstonian, who are two places and 13 points above them in the table.










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