BY JOHN LEWIS
Another fine bowling performance saw Dulwich cruise to an emphatic six-wicket victory over Surrey Championship Division Two leaders Bank of England on Saturday.
The visitors chose to bat first, but found Jon Lodwick once again in commanding form, striking in both his second and third overs.
Fellow paceman Simon Harwood conceded 14 off his second over through a mixture of deliberate shots and edges, but responded by taking the third wicket in his fourth to make it 36-3 in the eighth over.
The fourth-wicket pair added 21 in seven overs before Lodwick struck in successive overs for the second time to reduce them to 57-5 after 17. He completed his first spell with the excellent figures of 9-3-17-4.
Left-arm spinners Elliot Miles and Ben Swanson took over the attack as Henry Goodwin and Graeme King lifted the score to 80 after 24.3 overs.
It was Swanson, fresh from appearing for Oxford in last week’s Varsity match, who made the breakthrough, having Goodwin lbw for 32, comfortably the highest score of the innings.
Miles then took three wickets in successive overs. Lodwick – pictured above – returned to try and get the last wicket, but it was Miles who finished off the innings, having King stumped for 12. The last five wickets had fallen for eight runs in 11 overs to see Bank dismissed for just 88.
Lodwick finished with 4-20 off 12, while Miles had 4-15 off 10.2 and Swanson 1-11 off six. Keeper Jake Dunford claimed three catches plus the stumping.
The Dulwich reply started with an eventful first over in which skipper Ed Stolle hit the first ball for four but was lbw to the fourth, and Nick Gunning hit the last ball also for four. But he was unable to add to his score before edging a catch to the keeper in the fourth over with the total on 12.
Dunford joined Chris Purshouse, and the pair added 25 in six overs before Purshouse picked out the square leg fielder having scored 11.
Dunford continued to go for his shots in typical fashion, and survived a catch off a no ball while adding 36 in 5.1 overs for the third wicket with Will Bancroft. Dunford made 38, scored off 37 balls, before skying a catch to slip with the score on 73.
By now the victory was all but assured, and Bancroft and Miles rounded it off, scoring 17 off 17 and 13 off 11 respectively. The target was reached in just 17.2 overs.
The victory lifts Dulwich one place to fourth, with only seven points separating the top four.
The new leaders are Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians, who coincidentally provide Dulwich’s opponents on Saturday.
PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD