Sat 9th June – 1st XI v Walton on Thames

DULWICH 86 (51.4) lost to WALTON ON THAMES 90-9 (34.2) by 1 wicket

 

Scorecard

 

In a nail-biting finish Dulwich narrowly failed to defend a total of 86 in a low scoring Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Walton on Thames, and went down to defeat by one wicket.

 

Dulwich were put in to bat on a slow pitch, and found runs hard to come by against accurate bowling and a tight cordon of fielders. Skipper Ed Stolle was lbw to Matt Nichols in the third over, and Guy Skinner and George Pearson grafted steadily until both fell to the same bowler. Matt Marfani and Salaar Waqar thus came together with the score on 25-3 in the 17th over. They steadied the ship, adding 32 together in twelve overs. Nichols completed his spell with 3-16 off eleven overs, before giving way to former Surrey left arm spinner Mark Bainbridge, who proved equally difficult to get away. Waqar grew increasingly frustrated before skying a catch to the keeper and Marfani was disastrously run out in the next over to make it 60-5. Keeper Will Bancroft fell without scoring, and only four runs came from eleven overs as Jon Lodwick and Kamran Munawar dug in against Bainbridge and South African off spinner Eben Botha. Munawar faced 35 balls without scoring before getting off the mark with a straight six, but lost both Lodwick and Assan Crawford-Khan before becoming the ninth man out with the score on 74. Patrick George helped Alex Gledhill add 12 for the last wicket to take the Dulwich score to 86 all out in the 52nd over. Bainbridge finished his 14 overs with 4-25, and Botha bowled 11.4 overs while taking two wickets and conceding just seven runs. Waqar and Marfani were the only men to reach double figures, and the latter’s 19 would prove to be the highest score of the match.

 

In reply Lodwick proved similarly restrictive, with a first spell of six overs for ten runs. It was Crawford-Khan at the other end, however, who picked up the first two wickets, removing skipper Dan Roberts for 8, and the dangerous Botha for 13, to reduce Walton to 34-2 in the tenth over. Gledhill provided his usual brake, and was joined in the attack by fellow left arm spinner George. The third wicket pair were restricted to 15 runs off nine overs before Gledhill had opener Matt Harris leg before, also for 13. James Madoc-Jones and Sam Gorvin seemed to be cruising towards victory with a stand of 18 in 5.4 overs before both fell in successive overs from the spinners to make it 71-5 in the 26th over. Gorvin became the third Walton player to be dismissed for 13, while Madoc-Jones’s 15 proved to be the top score of the innings.

 

At this point Stolle made the inspired decision to recall Lodwick, and he responded by taking two wickets with his first two balls. Walton had lost four wickets for just five runs and at 72-7 were still 15 away from victory. Bainbridge and Jamie Mann added nine runs before Gledhill trapped Bainbridge leg before to make it 81-8. Three overs later Lodwick had Mann caught behind to give Bancroft his third catch and make it 85-9. Last man Luke Minshull took a single to level the scores, and hit the second ball of the next over to the boundary to secure victory for his side. Gledhill finished with 3-20 off 11.2 overs, while Lodwick had 3-18 off ten.

 

Dulwich thus finished with just three bowling points from this narrow defeat and slip to ninth, while their opponents took 24 points to move them to the top of the table. Next week Dulwich pay their first visit for many years to newly promoted Sanderstead, who are currently in fifth place.

 

 

 

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