Sat 11th May – 1st XI v Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians

DULWICH 206-7 (50) tied with CHIPSTEAD, COULSDON & WALCOUNTIANS 206-9 (50)


The new season in the Surrey Championship started with a new sponsor in AJ Fordham Sports, and Dulwich entered into the spirit of change by fielding six first team debutants in their Division 2 match away to Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians. In a thrilling finish Dulwich took two wickets in the last three balls with the scores level to secure a tie.


Dulwich were put in to bat, and skipper Ed Stolle and newcomer Alex Leyshon, aided by a succession of wides, had little trouble in adding 76 in 19 overs for the first wicket. Stolle’s dismissal, caught behind for 28, sparked a collapse in which four wickets fell for just 15 runs. Jake Dunford fell to a spectacular running diving one-handed catch by the keeper, Leyshon was lbw for 35, and Robbie Catling gave the keeper his third catch. The fourth debutant, Elliot Miles, thus joined Matt Marfani with the score on 91-4 in the 22nd over. The pair had added 61 in 17 overs for the fifth wicket when Marfani was run out for 37. Miles fell four overs later for 30 and Salaar Waqar followed for 9 to make it 170-7 in the 44th over. Kamran Munawar then hit an unbeaten 23 off 25 balls in company with the fifth newcomer Simon Harwood to lift the score to 206-7 after 50 overs. Keeper Tim Baker finished with four catches, while wides added 27 runs to the total.


Dulwich were not so generous with the wides, and Nick Woods and skipper Rob Woolley needed 17 overs to add 46 for the first wicket against tight bowling by Munawar, first team debutant Zac Brown (who was unlucky not to have Woolley caught twice in one over) and Harwood. The latter took the first wicket in his fourth over, having Woolley caught behind by Catling for 25. Slow left armer Miles had also joined the attack in a parsimonious spell that saw just nine runs come off his first five overs before he dismissed Woods for 37 in his sixth. Armaan Randhawa then went on the attack in company with Sam Chamberlain. The pair had added 63 in 12.4 overs for the third wicket before Waqar had Randhawa caught for 34 off 33 balls. Matt Foakes joined Chamberlain at 131-3 after 37.1 overs, but tight bowling by Waqar and Harwood restricted them to just 44 runs in 9.5 overs. Alex Gledhill returned to bowl the 46th over and had Foakes stumped for 19 off the last ball to make it 175-4. Chipstead thus still needed 32 to win in the last four overs.  


Waqar then took two wickets in the 47th, as Chamberlain was stumped for 52 and Mikey Armstrong picked out the long on fielder first ball. Miles, whose first spell had cost just 22 runs from eight overs, returned to bowl the 48th, which saw Baker run out off the fourth ball. Mike Bradley hit the last ball for four to take the score to 187, still needing 20 off the last two overs. But Bradley added another four and a six as 14 runs came off Waqar in the 49th over, to leave just six needed off Miles in the 50th. A single came from the first ball and an awkward delivery that eluded both batsman and keeper went for four byes off the third to level the scores. Bradley was then bowled by the fourth. The new batsman was unable to score off the fifth, leaving him having to score a single off the last ball to win the match. But he could only hit the ball back towards the bowler, who then won the race to get to the far end first, secure the run out, and tie the match.


Both sides take ten points from a match that they will both feel they should have won. Next week Dulwich have their first home match of the season when they entertain Old Rutlishians, who are back in Division 2 after dominating the third division last year.




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