Ladies Match Reports
DULWICH 145-6 (40) lost to LEEDS & BROOMFIELD 147-6 (38.5) by 4 wickets
This weekend saw Dulwich host Leeds & Broomfield at the Dulwich Sports Ground. Some early rain showers that morning cleared and it was a beautiful day with a steady breeze, almost perfect conditions.
Dulwich won the toss and elected to bat. Kira Chatli and Nikki Skull opened the batting getting off to a fantastic start. Kira, in such outstanding form this season, dominated the bowling, scoring quickly. Nikki supported diligently and together they put on 50 for the first wicket. Nikki was caught for 14 and Leeds & Broomfield took the second wicket quickly. Lyndsay Morten came on to offer Kira continuing support, only for Kira to be caught and bowled by Evie Horner for an excellent 69.
The home side continued to score, but at a slower rate, with Ellie Dragonetti and Anne Sage joining Lyndsay in the middle to score 9 and 14 respectively. Lyndsay was bowled for 9 by Kitty Perry and that left Jane Ball and Catherine Cross to push on in the final overs. Crossy’s aggressive running and Jane’s quick feet added a quick 8 in the final over to leave the visitors needing 146 to win.
Leeds & Broomfield lost an early wicket when Georgina Hill was bowled by Lyndsay, as she continued her excellent season with the ball. Nikki Skull was brought into the attack just when opener Cheryl Beech started to look set and trapped her lbw off her first ball. A great start for Nikki, who has been an excellent addition to the Dulwich side this season.
The batting side started to score freely however, picking up 1 and 2s and steadily building. That was until Jane Ball finally struck and Zoe Moyler was well caught by Kira on 49. A second wicket for Jane quickly followed as Katie Fawcett was caught by Tasha Harrison at mid-off. That ended a dangerous partnership for Leeds & Broomfield and it looked like Dulwich were closing in on victory. Two quick wickets fell , one lbw for Kira and the second for Crossy, for whom it was her first competitive wicket.
Tight fielding and precise bowling had restricted the batting team’s scoring rate and they needed 9 off the final two overs. With Lyndsay bowling in the penultimate over and the weaker batsman on strike Dulwich were quietly determined. The first ball bounced high at the batsman, who managed to nick it to square leg for one. Kitty Perry then took matters right to Dulwich and scored consecutive 4s off the next two balls to give Leeds & Broomfield victory.
Man of match was Kira Chatli for her tremendous 69 and extremely economical bowling.
SUPER 8s – DAY TWO
Match 1 – DULWICH 115-6 (15) lost to EAST HERTS 138-3 (15) by 23 runs
Dulwich returned this week to the beautiful East Herts ground, nestled below the village of Thundridge. Their previous visit had ended in a close fought victory between these two evenly matched sides. East Herts won the toss and elected to bat.
Dulwich knew that the two openers, Trudie Warboys and Helen Perry, are terrific batsmen and it was going to be key to take an early wicket. With Theo Beck returning to the side and Lyndsay Morton in such terrific form this season, the fielding side set about their job with determination. However, the openers were not to be moved easily and they put on a formidable opening partnership of 116. Nikki Scull was brought into the attack late on and bowled extremely well to bowl Trudie and end with excellent figures of 7 for 1. East Herts ended their 15 overs on 138 for 3, with Helen retiring when she reached her 50 (a stipulation of the Super 8s rules).
With a tough target ahead, Dulwich set out in a positive manner, only to see both openers fall early. Another early wicket saw Anne Sage and Nikki Scull at the crease, with a lot of work to do. With her usual indomitable attitude, Anne quickly got amongst the runs and raced to 20, only to be caught following a powerful drive to extra cover. Nikki was still at the crease however, and was joined by Emily Kirby-Jones. Together they put on 43 before Emily was caught behind by Helen Perry. Sadly, there was just too much to do and Dulwich lost by 23 runs.
Man of the match was Nikki Scull for her tremendous bowling display, taking a key wicket, and her almost match winning innings of 28 not out.
Match 2 – DULWICH 122-3 (12) beat TUNBRIDGE WELLS 121-4 (15) by 5 wickets
The second match was against a young Tunbridge Wells side brimming with potential. Dulwich lost the toss and Tunbridge Wells elected to bat. Having played well, with some excellent individual performances, but failed to win so far in the tournament, the Dulwich Ladies were more than determined to win here. The conditions were difficult as the heat of the mid afternoon bore down and the breeze disappeared. Concentration in the field was going to be a challenge.
The Tunbridge Wells opening partnership was a steady 32, finally broken by Lyndsay Morton who bowled M Tipper for 14. Dulwich kept the run rate slow, Theo Beck starving the opposition of runs as they struggled against her pace. Some excellent fielding contributed to making the batsmen’s lives difficult. Theo got an incredible run out with a direct hit, when it seemed the batsman was going to make it safely. She also took a terrific catch off the bowling of Nikki Scull. The fourth wicket was another classic Lyndsay wicket, bowled as the ball drifted in to hit middle stump. The batting team ended on 121 for 4.
Having failed in the previous run chase, there was much pressure on the opening batsmen. Theo Beck went about destroying the opposition bowling, playing sensibly, but with huge determination. She went onto reach 51 and retire. It was left to Anne Sage and Steph Keay to finish the job and, Anne in particular, did it in style with a blustering 24. It was then up to Steph and Lyndsay Morton to get the remaining runs needed and they did with 3 overs to spare.
Man of the match was Theo Beck for her 51 retired and inspirational fielding. A deserving win on her return to the side and the captaincy after a couple of weeks out.
Special mention on the day goes to Anne Sage for her two terrific innings of 20 and 24 – she drove the score, supporting her team mates and helped put the team in a position to go on and win.
SUPER 8s – DAY ONE
Match 1 – DULWICH 68 (10.2) lost to BRIGHTON & HOVE 70-4 (14.5) by 4 wickets
The beginning of the Super 8s tournament for Dulwich Ladies took place in Twickenham at Broom road on an overcast, but warm day. On an afternoon that threatened sunshine throughout, a strong team started enthusiastically.
Following the early wicket of opening batsman Jane Ball, Dulwich laid in fiercely to the Brighton & Hove bowling attack scoring at nearly 7 runs an over. This attack minded approach saw some wayward shots, a couple of run outs and ultimately the team were all out for 68 off 10.2 overs.
Brighton began their reply slowly as Lyndsay Morton continued her excellent season with the ball bowling opening batsman Alex Woodward. Some superb bowling from Kira Chatli and Jane Ball saw each bowler take a wicket and severely restrict the batting team.
Going into the final over Brighton had pulled back the match with several excellent boundaries from Amanda Sturmer and resolute batting from Georgie Howells. They narrowly picked up the runs required to win a tight and exciting match with just three balls to spare.
Man of the match was Lyndsay Morton for her excellent bowling figures, finishing with 1 for 10 off 5 overs and a solid batting performance. Special mention goes to Kira Chatli for her aggressive batting and impressive bowling, but most importantly for her strong captaincy.
Match 2 – DULWICH 91-2 (15) lost to TWICKENHAM 92-4 (13) by 4 wickets
Once again Dulwich won the toss and elected to bat. A much more controlled batting display saw the run rate drop to 6 runs an over, but for the loss of only two wickets, both from run outs. Kira led the charge once more, scoring 46 not out, the best innings of any batsman on the day. After losing Honor Tennant and Lyndsay early on, Anne Sage supported her wholeheartedly on her return to the side, scoring 22. Dulwich ended on 91 for 2.
With a good score to defend, Lyndsay, Jane and Kiera went about dismantling the top order and again, severely restricting the batting team. However, the partnership of Charlotte Gallagher and Melissa Cole steadily rebuilt the Twickenham innings, giving them a platform to win in just 13 of their allotted 15 overs. After the early successes it was difficult to see the match drift away at the end, but it was a deserved victory for Twickenham.
Man of the match was Kira Chatli for her dominant batting and overall superb performance in the field. She led from the front and set up the promising platform for the win, only to be thwarted at the death.
DULWICH 45 (38.1) lost to CATFORD WANDERERS 244-3 (40) by 199 runs
Dulwich’s first home match of the season was to ultimately end in defeat. On a beautiful day, following some wretched weather in the previous weeks, an optimistic Dulwich side lined up to face Catford Wanderers for the first time. Catford boasted a strong line-up with some very experienced players, including one involved in the England set-up.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat, Catford lost three early wickets to Lyndsay Morton. The ball was moving nicely off the seam and often staying low, to give Lyndsay three wickets in her opening two overs. Her fellow opening bowler, Emily Kirby-Jones, on her debut for Dulwich, did a splendid job of supporting as the visitors were reduced to 9 for 3.
However, Catford, led by the astonishing Beth Wild, not only recovered, but went on to put on 235 for the fourth wicket, their biggest partnership ever. Georgia Murray, coming in at number 5, went on to score a wonderful 59., Supported by her more experienced partner, Beth, the partnership was a joy. Beth herself went on to score 139, leaving Dulwich with a target of 245.
In the absence of opening batsmen, Theo Beck and Kira Chathli, Steph Keay and Nikki Scull were all set to begin the run chase. Some terrific bowling from Catford removed both openers and the number four batsmen, Jacqui Harris-baker, quickly followed. This set up the stubborn partnership of Jane Ball and Lyndsay Morton, determined to stop the fall of wickets and stabilise the crumbling innings. Both players batted beautifully in difficult circumstances, but neither could do enough and once Lyndsay was bowled for 13, reducing Dulwich to 40 for 4, it was just a matter of time. Dulwich could only add 5 more runs and were bowled out for 45 in 38 overs.
A well deserved victory for Catford.
Man of match was Lyndsay Morton, for the second match this season. Her three early wickets were the result of her determination and consistency and her innings helped to give Dulwich the faint hope of a revival. Special mention should go to Jane Ball for her batting, finishing the highest scorer for Dulwich.
DULWICH 49 (16) lost to BELLS YEW GREEN 200-5 (40) by 152 runs
Expectations were high for Dulwich Ladies following their close fought victory against East Herts. The previous weekend had been a wash out, so they were keen to get going against a strong Bells Yew Green side. However, two late injuries and a few key absences left an under strength team of eight travelling to Kent.
With the sun beating down on what was to be the hottest day of the year so far, Bells Yew Green won the toss and elected to bat. The Dulwich openers, Theo and Lyndsay, got off to a strong start, bowling tightly in their spell and conceding 32 runs and taking two wickets in the first eight overs. Debutant Victoria took a superb catch for Theo’s second wicket. The bounce surprised the batsman, who top edged it to Victoria at deep square leg.
However, the lack of fielders started to show, making it easy for the batsmen to pick up runs as they cleverly pushed the ball into the spaces. That was to take nothing away from Bells Yew Green batsman, Hannah. Coming in at number 3 against two strong bowlers and with her side possibly starting to stumble, she not only anchored the innings, but went on to score a superb 83 not out.
The second spell saw Victoria and fellow debutant Gemma brought into the attack. Victoria was to take her first wicket for Dulwich and bowled exceptionally well considering the difficult circumstances. A quicker and slightly wider ball saw the batsman narrowly edge it to the keeper, Kira, who calmly took a difficult catch.
Despite bringing back on the openers Dulwich were unable to capitalise on the three wickets and Bells Yew Green pushed on to make 200 for 5. Some late drama saw wicket keeper, Kira, bowl eight consecutive overs, taking one wicket, thoroughly deserved as she got the ball to swing late on. Stand-in keeper, Theo, got a run out on the penultimate ball of the innings with a incredible diving throw.
Going into bat, Theo and Kira had a daunting task ahead of them. With a weakened batting line-up, the emphasis was on the openers to put together a solid partnership. Sadly for Dulwich, some superb bowling from Bells Yew Green saw Theo bowled for 12 by Georgie. Lyndsay was caught shortly after by Sam at mid wicket to give Georgie her second wicket.
And once the wickets began to tumble, the Dulwich confidence faltered. Bells Yew Green bowled Dulwich out for 49 for a resounding and ultimately well deserved victory.
DULWICH 166-6 (40) beat EAST HERTS 163-8 (40) by 3 runs
The first match of the season for Dulwich Ladies was played at the beautiful ground of East Herts nestled below the village of Thundridge. Expectations were high in a Dulwich side fielding a good mixture of youth and experience against an evenly matched East Herts side.
Having won the toss, East Herts elected to field first. The Dulwich openers got off to a steady start with two big hitting batsmen in Theo Beck and Kira Chathli. Dropped early in her innings, in what turned out to be a game changing moment, Beck went on to make a tremendous 86, including three sixes, one into a hedge, one into the neighbouring allotments and the final six into a tree. Each was accompanied by a healthy ball search and delay in play.
Chatli was unluckily run out when she looked set for a promising innings. Lyndsay Morton came in at number three and formed a steady rock at the centre of the Dulwich innings giving Beck the support she needed to carve out her superb knock. Finally Beck was caught by a superb catch from the East Herts’ wicket keeper, Helen Perry, who would go on to take two more valuable catches. East Herts’ bowled extremely well in the latter part of the innings to restrict Dulwich to 166 for 6, when at the halfway mark it had looked like being a much larger score.
A short break for tea and the East Herts openers, Perry and North, had the unenviable task of facing the pace of Beck and Alice Russell. They were able, by the quick thinking of Perry, to build a good platform for their team to build on. A series of quick singles and sensible batting saw off the Dulwich pacemen and then the precise bowling of Morton and debutant Nikki Scull. But it was the bowling of Jacqui Harris which would eventually break this dangerous partnership.
A brief and promising partnership emerged next for East Herts and Beck and Russell were again brought into the attack with Beck eventually taking the key wicket of the East Herts’ captain, Worboys. From there the wickets began to tumble with Morton bowling Perry for 49, the end of a fantastic performance from the wicket keeper/batsmen. But the beginning of a terrific spell of bowling for Morton, which saw her take two more wickets and add an absolutely outstanding catch off the spin of Chatli. Some fantastic work in the field from Jane Ball and Chathli saw a run out which dented East Herts’ chances of victory, by taking one of the remaining key batsmen. Scull was in on the act too when she bowled Stickland to claim a wicket on her debut.
And, with 8 runs needed off the final over it came to Dulwich’s youngest player to bare the burden of expectation. Honor Tennant has to be commended on her iron will to see out the final balls of the match and rightly become a hero of the day. East Herts ended the game on 163 for 8 to give Dulwich their first win of the season by 3 runs.
Man of match was Lyndsay Morton for her courageous innings, three wickets and dramatic catch. Special mention must of course go to Theo Beck for her captaincy debut and 86, which set the course for this thrilling victory.