OLD WILSONIANS 170 lost to DULWICH 171-8 by 2 wickets
On a damp, windy and cold day the fives started their league season against Old Wilsonians who included in their side past Dulwich player Jeff Mascherenas. In a tight game both sides battled to gain supremacy and in the end Dulwich sneaked home to win by 2 wickets. A similar story to last year when most of our games were really close good teamwork got us over the line to kick off the season well.
Tim won the toss and decided to use the greenish pitch conditions first. Kamran Munawar and Luke Howard opened the bowling – fair to say Kamran didn’t bowl as he's capable of, in the slippery conditions. Luke got both openers to bring Jeff M to the crease. A bit of light hearted banter about reaching the tail already followed and Jeff soon went LBW to a fine ball from Mangal who replacing Kamran, bowled two good spells to end up with 4 for 44. The 3rd wicket then settled the game down and although Sudhakar bowled well Rob Webster was a bit under par and we let them get to 110 for 3 at drinks
The skipper then came on and bowled a wide first ball – the second ball was even wider and the Wilsonians number 3 who had top scored with 41 inexplicably swept it and managed to play on. Not the best wicket taking ball but they all count! Tim soon took himself off as there were still overs from Luke and Mangal to use up. Luke also got a bit of a luck with a run out at the non-strikers end from a deflection off his feet. Perhaps it was to be our day….. At this stage of the innings Luke and Mangal were bowling well and they ended up sharing 7 wickets. Tim then came back on for the last over to wrap up the innings. Old Wilsonians 170 all out. We had let a few runs slip in the field but were pretty happy given the situation at drinks
We then started our reply with Jay Mahey (57 runs) in good form although on league debut Michael Faulkner struggled to get his timing sorted after his 50 of the week before (though he picked up an injury on the field). Michael went for 4 and Ravi followed soon after but Jay was keeping the scoreboard ticking and soon made his 50 and had a good partnership with Shok who was batting very sensibly. After Jay got out a few wickets went quickly as the light started to go. Vice-Captain Rob Webster arrived in the gloom and batted very well with Shok – hitting the bad ball but also putting great pressure on the fielders. Rob then fell and Sudhakar went out and played a very nice little innings to get us within one shot of victory. These two partnerships are the sort needed in a tough situation and last year a collapse might have followed. Shok was tiring and got out with only a handful required, leaving a composed little cameo from Sudhakar to hit the winning runs. A late finish as due to the odd rain delay while both sides were slow with their overs.
A great match and both teams had a good beer and chat afterwards – Jeff managing to stay very late reminiscing!
Next week away at Caribbean Mix.