A great evening with Michael Carberry
The first event in the junior cricket section’s fundraising campaign took place at the club on Friday 28 November, when Hampshire, England and Perth Scorchers’ Michael Carberry visited.
After an hour of mingling, photos and autograph signing he sat down to chat about his career. We were all impressed by his honesty as he spoke about how he arrived at Hampshire (via Surrey and Kent), his experiences last winter in Australia (facing Mitchell Johnson) and coming back from a serious, life-threatening illness to resume his professional career.
After offering a few tips on the importance of watching the ball and bowling at the stumps he answered a variety of well thought out questions from our junior players and parents, before he set off for a through-the-night stint at Sky Sports covering England’s ODI series in Sri Lanka.
It was a memorable evening for all those who attended and a real pleasure to see a top quality player giving his insight into life as a professional sportsman.
Big Bash Breakfast
The next event will be the Big Bash Breakfast, when we will watch Michael’s Perth Scorchers in their third BBL fixture at the Sydney hers. Details will be emailed shortly (there will be the opportunity to win Carbs’ signed Scorchers shirt). If you are around on 29 December, get down to the club for breakfast (served 8:00am until 10:00am). The match starts at 8:00am – live on Sky Sports HD1.
Nick Cooper – 1955-2014
I am sure that members of Dulwich Cricket Club will be saddened to hear that Nick Cooper passed away on Saturday 29th November. Nick was a great stalwart of the Old Whitgiftians but also a frequent visitor and player at Dulwich. Nick joined a number of Dulwich tours to Wales where he was a figure much larger than life both on and off the field. Nick frequently played against Dulwich for the Old Whits but also for the Surrey Paralytics. Anyone who met Nick could not fail to be charmed by his personality and above all his wit. Nick was welcomed in many clubs across Surrey and it was always great to see Nick play or attending the Dulwich Cricket Club dinner and dance. Nick fought back from an appalling accident at work. Nick fell from a tree and after radical neurosurgery recovered remarkably to be seen frequently at Surrey Championship cricket or at Lord's. The thoughts of Dulwich players are with his family at this time.
An affectionate tribute and collection of comments and memories of Nick can be found here on the Old Whitgiftians website.
Beckenham Cricket Specialists – Extended Christmas hours
From the 4th to the 21st of December, in addition to our usual hours, we will also be open at the following times:
Thursday late night until 6.30pm and Sunday mornings 11.00am – 1.30pm.
Lots of the new 2015 cricket ranges are now in stock. Have you checked out our website yet, to see our amazing prices? For example the Newbery Kudos SPS Snr Bat (RRP = £480, BCS = £379) or the G&M Six6 Original LE Jnr Bat (RRP = £200, BCS = £155)
Plus, don't forget you get the same great LOW prices in store, as you do online!
We look forward to seeing you shortly.
Peter Rice & the team at BCS
The season rounded up
Dulwich made it three 4th XI Premier Division titles in four years at the end of a successful 2014 season. A strong bowling attack performed throughout the season. Skipper Graeme Hough (24 wickets at 10.79), Player of the Year Prasanna Callaghan (22 at 19.45), David Woods (22 at 14.59) and Giles Constantine (18 at 17.94) all made excellent contributions and there were runs for Julian Dean (283 at 25.72), Shahab Khan (218 at 24.22), Obafemi Shokoya (210 at 26.25) and Hough (205 at 34.16). The team won 12 of their 15 completed matches and finished 24 points ahead of second place Wimbledon. Congratulations to everyone involved across the season!
Elsewhere, a fine run of form saw the 1st XI finish 5th in Division 2 having overcome some early season wobbles to string together an excellent run of wins after June. Overseas star Michael Currey led the way with the bat, scoring 687 runs at 68.70 – including a superb 104 against Worcester Park in July and 98* as Dulwich's winning run really got going against Horsley & Send. With the ball, 1st XI Player of the Season Naeem Iqbal (25 wickets at 20.12) and Alex Gledhill (21 at 20.09) both displayed quality and commitment over the course of the season. James Balmforth was ever reliable behind the sticks, recording 18 victims.
2014 was a struggle for the 2nd XI with their fall to Divison 2 being confirmed after losing a relegation shoot-out with Beddington on the final day of the season. Their plight would have been far greater, however, without the form and reliability of 2nd XI Player of the Year Chris Ford. Playing his first full season of 2nd XI cricket, Ford finished fourth in the league charts with 518 at 47.09 – including a magnificent 113 against Cheam in an opening stand of 221 with Zakir Rostami. Rostami also contributed with 334 runs at 27.83, 17 wickets at 23.94 and some captaincy responsibility in Gareth Cornick's absence – as did Dan Peters, who also took 22 victims with the gloves. They will look to bounce back quickly to Division 1 again next season.
The 3rd XI experienced a mixed season, suffering most from the usual flux in Dulwich cricketers' availability and finishing 7th in the Premier Division. There were several big victories recorded across the campaign, and almost as many heavy defeats as 54 players were utilised in a variety of different roles. Euan Johnson showed some fantastic early season form, hitting 187 runs at 62.33 in the first four fixtures before deservedly making his way up the Dulwich teams to the 1st XI, but no one consistently dominated with the bat over the 18 league matches. 3rd XI Player of the Year and vice-captain Jeremy Jones took 19 wickets at 19.47 and Jordan Hancock proved himself a very useful cricketer with 18 wickets at 17.61 and some excellent fielding displays.
Tim Brown's 5th XI diced with relegation all season, but saved themselves at the last with victory on the final day of the season. Brown was ever-dependable, taking it upon himself to open the batting in the latter half of the season and contributing 155 runs and 18 wickets. He was ably supported by opening bowlers Simon Peters (19 wickets at 16.31 and Player of the Year) and Alf Grimsey (18 wickets at 21.88) – while young off-spiner Sudhaker Rethinasamy continued his excellent development with 15 wickets at 20.13.
The 6th XI ended up 7th in the South Thames 2C league – affording opportunities to a host of players, both young and old, to enjoy competitive Saturday cricket. Skipper Matt Craig topped the batting (164 runs at 27.33) and bowling (18 wickets at 13.83) charts, while Colin Tucker picked up the 6th XI Player of the Year award.
On Sundays, the Academy XI continued to put in some excellent Surrey Trust league performances and enable the development of many of Dulwich's promising young players, qualifying from their group before losing their play-off match against a strong Guildford side. Euan Johnson proved himself an exciting and innovative captain, and batted well making 171 runs in their six games at 34.20, while over-age player Zakir Rostami hit 184 at 36.80. Young spin trio Dan Anthony, Patrick George and Ben Swanson all performed with skill and maturity across the campaign – George was selected as Academy Player of the Year.
The Development XI, lead by John Lawrence, played a range of friendly fixtures across 2014, supporting the development of around 20 young players, picking up some exciting victories along the way and ensuring everyone had the chance to improve their skills and take part. Player of the Year was Ryan Anthony.
The Dulwich Ladies team season highlights included a tight defeat of East Herts (by 3 runs) and an excellent victory over Tunbridge Wells by five wickets in a Super 8s fixture. Kira Chatli shone with the bat, making 258 runs at 36.85, including two half-centuries. Theo Beck hit 122 at 30.50 and Lyndsay Morton picked up 10 wickets at 19.60 with her bowling.
Many thanks to our sponsors Simpson Travel and all the scorers, umpires and other volunteers who dedicated their time to helping contribute to another enjoyable season at Dulwich CC.
Want to be a scorer or umpire?
We're always looking for umpires and scorers for our teams. Surrey Cricket Board have some courses available this winter to help you achieve an ECB accreditation – get in touch with John Smith for details if you'd be interested.
Under 11s bring home the cup!
The DCC U11s won a tight, topsy turvy final against Sutton to win the NEC Surrey cup at Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians on Sunday 31st August. All the boys played their part in a terrific win but special mention goes to Isaac Shaw for a tremendous performance with bat and ball. You can read a full season round-up for all the junior teams here. Also find out about all our junior award winners this season who were announced at Juniors Day 2014 in September.
Simpson Travel is the main sponsor of Dulwich CC
We are proud to have Simpson Travel as our main sponsor for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons. Simpson Travel provide quality and memorable holidays with outstanding service and knowledge delivered with a real passion. Find out more about them, and how you can save money on your holiday bookings, here.
A reminder that Beckenham Cricket Specialists (owned by club member Peter Rice) offer 20% discount off the retail price across the entire cricket range, to all club members & families.
New 2015 cricket ranges now in stock – at prices that compete with all the major online cricket specialists.
Beckenham Cricket Specialist
181A High Street
020 8663 3582