WALTON-ON-THAMES 157-9 (50) beat DULWICH 119 (44.5) by 38 runs
Dulwich twice got themselves into a winning position in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Walton-on-Thames, but a horrendous batting collapse saw them slide to defeat by 38 runs.
Walton chose to bat, but got off to a shocking start as Naeem Iqbal and Matt Quaife each took a wicket in his first over, with both opening batsmen failing to score. Two more wickets apiece reduced Walton to 50 for 6 after 18 overs, with Quaife bowling his ten overs straight through to take 3-28 and Iqbal, in two spells, finishing with 3-27. Left arm spinner Alex Gledhill bowled a miserly spell of ten overs for only 13 runs, and was unlucky not to take a wicket. Keeper Arthur Vaughan led a fightback, adding 57 for the seventh wicket in 19 overs with Alastair Stanley, who made 25. The stand was broken by Anil Mahey, who took 2-15 off five overs. The ninth wicket fell to skipper Tom Savill, to reduce Walton to 126-9 after 44 overs, but they were unable to achieve a further breakthrough as the last pair added 31. Vaughan hit the last ball of the innings for six to take his own score to 52 and take his side to 157-9 after their 50 overs.
Mahey and OP Michael Currey then carried on where they had left off last week, racing to 49 in the first seven overs of the Dulwich innings. The advent of former Surrey left-arm spinner Mark Bainbridge then imposed a stranglehold, as he started with three consecutive maidens and then caught and bowled Mahey with the score on 60. This was the first time the openers had been parted in the Championship this season, having added 176 runs together. Bainbridge, who finished with 3-9 off 9.5 overs, was well supported by his brother Paul (2-14 off 8) and Stanley (3-25 off 8). An abject batting display, punctuated by some kamikaze running which resulted in two run outs, saw nine wickets go down for 42 runs in 23.2 overs. The last six of those fell for just eight runs in eight overs as Dulwich declined from 94-3 to 102-9. A late flourish by Gledhill lifted the score to 119, thereby reducing the deficit to 38 and securing a bonus point. Mahey, with 31 off 58 balls, Currey, 48 off 94, and Gledhill, 14 not out off 14, were the only batsmen to reach double figures as the other eight players could manage only 16 runs between them.
Dulwich will be looking for a better batting display next week, at home to Chipstead, Coulsdon and Walcountians.