Sat 28th July – 1st XI v Oxted & Limpsfield

OXTED & LIMPSFIELD 206-7 dec (52) drew with DULWICH 116-9 (48)




Dulwich’s last wicket pair held out for 28 balls to stave off defeat and secure a losing draw in their Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 2 match at Oxted & Limpsfield.


Dulwich put their opponents in to bat, and Assan Crawford-Khan struck with the eleventh ball of the innings, removing Bertie Heaver who had faced every ball and scored nine runs at that stage. This brought in Jack Lloyd to join skipper Simon Jackson, who had added an unbeaten 214 together in the first match between the sides. They carried on from where they had left off until Lloyd fell for 18 to a relay catch off Jon Lodwick that ended up at second slip with the score on 50. Jackson continued in company with Jimmy Dalziel until falling to Patrick George for 57 with the score on 96. This was his lowest score in four innings against Dulwich in the past two seasons. Two more wickets for George and one for Salaar Waqar reduced Oxted to 151-6 in the 43rd over, but the innings was given renewed impetus by 16 year old Harvey Cutmore, who blasted 41 off 30 balls before falling to Waqar. The off-spinner finished with 2-54 off his 14 overs, while George had 3-55 off 13. Jackson closed the innings after 52 overs with the score on 206-7, leaving Dulwich 48 overs to get the runs.


Unusually Oxted had selected five spinners and no quick bowlers for this match, and Matt Marfani and Guy Skinner were so taken aback by their ordeal by spin that only three runs came from the first five overs. Marfani broke loose with some fine shots, including the only six of the match, but Skinner remained becalmed and was dismissed with the score on 27, having taken 27 balls for his 3. Marfani fell three overs later, having made 29 of the 37 runs scored at that stage. Arun Ayyavooraju and Ed Stolle took the score to 54 after 20 overs, but both fell in the 21st over and Waqar followed in the 22nd to make it 55-5. First team debutant Nick Gunning fell three overs later to make it 62-6 after 25. Four of the wickets had fallen to off-spinner Ned Lack, and the other two to left armer Ross Powell.


Dulwich were now left with little choice but to try and bat out time for a draw, and Sam Ellison and Kamran Munawar resisted for seven overs before the latter fell to Cutmore’s leg spin. Lodwick and Ellison then survived for a further 10.3 overs, adding 29 together before Lodwick was lbw to Cutmore, having faced 41 balls for his 16. A bizarre innings by Crawford-Khan ended after three balls to give Cutmore his third wicket and reduce Dulwich to 114-9. This brought together Ellison and George with 4.4 overs of the innings remaining. The two youngest members of the side proved equal to the task. Ellison faced 74 balls for his obdurate innings of 27, while George remained unbeaten for the seventh time in eight innings this season.


Dulwich took just four points from this game, and remain bottom of the table, six points behind Old Whitgiftians and seven behind Oxted. Next week they have a home fixture against Kingstonian as the format reverts to fifty overs a side. Dulwich will be looking to repeat their victory over these opponents earlier in the season.

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