DULWICH 132-7 winning draw v EAST MOSELEY 144-4
Gaz Cornick’s bunch of 20 and 30 something aimless, suburban drifters continued their 2013 campaign with a trip to scenic East Moseley at the weekend. With the idyllic Hampton Court Palace nearby, those history lovers amongst the city dwellers approached the contest asking who would produce a performance worthy a prime position in the court of King Henry VIII and who would flounder and warrant a divorce, or worse still, a beheading…
King Cornick I won the toss and opted to bowl on a firm looking but grassy pitch. The surroundings at East Moseley were delightful – Gledders hasn’t been as content turning up to the cricket pitch in such a long time. Luckily, the Dulwich boys had the banter to match the surroundings – a series of quick, yet intellectually rigorous exchanges brought much joy to your author throughout the afternoon. Unfortunately, the banter was the focal point of the afternoon as heavy showers punctuated spurts of play at different points. The East Moseley batsmen were never on the pitch for long periods of time, though Naeem Iqbal managed to strike one early blow by removing one of the openers for a duck. After one relatively lengthy interruption, that shaved a number of overs off the game, Dulwich returned to the pitch to produce a good spell of accurate seam bowling backed up by some tidy and intense fielding. The much loved Arshad ‘Bobby’ Iftikhar picked up a well deserved wicket to leave East Moseley reeling at 25-2. East Moseley rallied to add runs for the third wicket, but not in a way which was hurting Dulwich. After 20 overs, the heavens opened again and we faced the prospect of a no result. After a good hour of substantial rain and some excellent mopping up efforts by the Burbage men, we were back on with East Moseley having to bat to 30 overs so that Dulwich could face the minimum of 20 for there to be a full game (nb: farcical southern ‘time cricket’ rules). The Moseley men took used their remaining nine overs to raise their total to 144. Gledders bagged himself a wicket, but his last over was taken to the cleaners with three impressive straight sixes (fair play to the lad – they were good shots and the boundary length was generous).
Dulwich would require just over 7 an over from their 20 overs. Not straightforward but very achievable on a ground with a short straight boundary and fairly placid wicket. King Cornick I promoted himself to open with Screech Hudson. The opening pair played excellently – a combination of intelligent hitting and well judged ones and twos taking the score to 47 from 7 overs before Hudson departed for 20. That brought Ed Stolle (making his second team debut) to the crease and he continued the good work with Cornick, who was growing in confidence and timing the ball accordingly. A highlight of his knock was a lovely flat straight six off the bowling of East Moseley’s tall opener. With the score in the early 80s, Stolle departed for 15 and he was soon followed by Cornick for 63. From this point, the Dulwich innings lost momentum as batsmen failed to rotate the strike as well as their top order counterparts. There were a couple of lusty blows of note – a particular highlight was MCC man Stuart Ferguson’s clean and effortless straight six – but the scoreboard wasn’t moved along frequently enough as the middle order failed to pick up 1s and 2s whilst looking to play too many big shots. Dulwich’s innings ended on 132-7, with the winning draw comfortably in the bag, though this was scant consolation to Cornick and his men – who really ought to have won having been 76-1 after 10 overs.
And so to Sanderstead away – a place of less iconic and historical interest, but hopefully the scene of the next Dulwich 2nd XI victory.
Tea Rating: Best away effort so far this season. Nothing too complex, but a nice combination of pasta and warm savoury snacks with some freshly made salad and fruit made this a real pleasant experience. Tasty, nutritious and wholesome. A real pleasure to eat. 9/10.
Shower Rating: Good temperature but not quite enough power to unwind. 5/10.
Beer Rating: Gledders had to enoy a sneaky bottle of Heineken before heading back to his house leaving bash. Nothing wrong with the bottle. £3 (perhaps understandable given the idyllic surroundings). 6/10