Sat 26th May – 2nd XI v Old Rutlishians

In short it was a typical Dulwich day; letting the opponents get 30 runs too many, falling behind the required rate early and leaving too much for the lower order to do.

Dulwich won the toss and elected to bowl on what resembled the “green mamba” pitches during the South Africa vs. India series. Quaife and Lyell opened up on what seemed a pitch made for the seamers; bowl full and let the pitch do the rest. Following some short bowling outside off, the opening pair raced on to 41 after 10 overs. A change of bowling with Gunners into the attack and some great captaincy from Steward, employing two gullies to opener Vandepeer, did the trick; Vandepeer out for his career average of 28. With Gunners keeping it tight (10-2-32-3) and the spin twins of Houghy (10-3-18-2) and PG (10-0-33-2, figures don’t do justice!) bowling with poetic rhythm, the runs dried up. After 35 overs when the 2nd drinks came around, Dulwich were well in control with the score at 94 for 3. Despite picking up a few more wickets including a one handed screamer standing up to the stumps to AJ, the foot was let loose and some big shots from O. Patel took the total to 195, at least 30 more than they should have been restricted to. A special mention to Quaife who improved on last week’s performance of 0-56, to finish with slightly more respectable figures of 0-55. Assuming a linear trend, figures of 0-41 are expected by the end of the season.

It was Faz and Towner to open up the batting. Faz, somehow still being selected in 11% of fantasy teams despite only having accumulated a single point this season. A cautious start saw 20 scored off the first 10. The dismissal of Faz for 10 saw Freddie Oldfield enter looking in sublime form before being dismissed by Ruts skipper for 19. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals; Towner being caught and bowled, Oli run out under and old law which no longer exists, and the Liverpool supporting Raj being triggered LBW for none (thoughts and prayers are with you, Rajgoose). After the 40th Dulwich left themselves 78 short with 3 wickets in hand. Some lusty blows from PG and a partnership forming with Gunners gave hope, but it wasn’t to be; all out for 176 in the 49th. 7 batsman scoring double figures but none more than 30.

All in all, a day to remember. Not for the result, but for the lessons learnt; we will come back better and stronger. After all, there’s always someone whose had a worse day; Loris Karius for example.

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