DULWICH 202-0 beat Beddington 89 by 113 runs
An excellent unbroken opening partnership of 202 between Chris Ford and 14-year-old debutant Michael Slade laid the foundations for the Development XI’s second successive victory at a pleasantly sunny Beddington Park on Sunday. According to Statto, this is the club’s first double-century stand since August 2010.
By all accounts, the square had been under water three days beforehand, but if the home side’s skipper expected any demons in the wicket his decision to bowl first went sadly awry.
Ford carried on where he left off at the tail end of last season with a masterful knock of 127, which included three sixes, whilst young Slade exceeded all expectations on the occasion of his first game in senior cricket with an understandably more watchful, but nevertheless impressive 62. Both batsmen had a couple of lives, but with Beddington’s fielders unable to cling onto the chances offered, the opening pair marched on, passing one landmark after another, until the third of Ford’s six-hits brought up the 200 in only the 38th over of the innings. JL promptly declared. Whether he was satisfied with the total, or couldn’t wait any longer to get stuck into the home side’s splendid tea, we’ll leave our readers to guess!
Despite the whole team’s over-indulgence during a generously lengthy tea interval, Dulwich were soon among the wickets. Henry Shine, from the Under 15s, removed both openers and David Standley bowled very steadily during an economical opening spell. Beddington’s fifth wicket pair staged a partial recovery and, as the last twenty overs were called, it appeared that Dulwich would have their work cut out to force a victory. By now spinners Tony Ebert and Sudhakar Rethinasamy were bowling in harness and when vice-captain Ebert eventually broke the stand, the rest of the innings quickly subsided. Rethinasamy took 1-9 off 10 overs, but it was Ebert who did most of the damage, picking up three wickets in one particular over and eventually finishing with 5-22, all of his victims being clean-bowled. Shine returned to claim his third wicket to finish off the innings as the home side were dismissed for 89, leaving the Development XI victors by a margin of 113 runs.