Cricket: Dulwich promotion hopes take a hit after six-wicket defeat

BY JOHN LEWIS

Dulwich’s Division Two promotion hopes took a dent as they lost by six wickets to leaders Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians on Saturday.

The two sides had tied in the first meeting on the opening day of the season, with the South Londoners beaten by  just six runs.

Dulwich invited their visitors to bat, but Jon Lodwick and Simon Harwood were unable to make an early breakthrough as Nick Woods and Sam Chamberlain put on 60 in 21 overs for the first wicket.

Left-arm spinners Alex Gledhill and Ben Swanson had taken over the attack, and imposed such restraint that only four runs came off seven overs following the dismissal of Woods, caught behind off Gledhill. This was the first of five wickets for Gledhill, who bowled his 14 overs straight through at a cost of 40 runs.

Swanson also struck in a spell of 1-21 off 11, as Chipstead declined to 116-6 in the 43rd over. Skipper Rob Woolley led a recovery with an unbeaten 33 off 46 balls, but Salaar Waqar entered the fray with a run out, followed by two wickets in an over. Woolley declared on the fall of the ninth wicket with the score on 158-9 after 52 overs, leaving Dulwich 49 overs to get the runs.

The reply got off to a disastrous start when skipper Ed Stolle and Robbie Catling were both dismissed without scoring in the third over of the innings. Keeper Jake Dunford joined Chris Purshouse, and together they added 57 in 12 overs for the third wicket, taking Dulwich to 70-2 and putting them well ahead of the required rate. But Purshouse’s dismissal, lbw for 32, sparked a collapse in which four wickets fell in four overs for just seven runs to reduce Dulwich to 77-6 in the 18th over. Will Bancroft and Lodwick became the third and fourth batsmen to be dismissed for a duck, while George Pearson’s dismissal for two meant that five of the top seven scored two runs between them.

Waqar joined Dunford and together they took the score to 103, when Dunford fell leg before for 34, his fourth successive dismissal in the thirties. Waqar and Harwood then added 43 in 10 overs for the eighth wicket, taking the score to 146-7 in the 37th over.

Waqar was caught and bowled for 36, the top score of the innings, and Swanson hit his first ball for two. Four leg byes were the only runs to come off the next 5.4 overs, which also saw the dismissals of Harwood for 23 and Swanson (two). The hosts lost their last three wickets for six runs to be all out for 152.

Dulwich, nine points behind second-placed Stoke D’Abernon, go to Old Rutlishians tomorrow.

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