Cricket: Win-or-bust scenario for Dulwich – and they need rival to lose – if promotion is to be achieved

BY JOHN LEWIS

Dulwich have to win their final match of the season against Bank of England – and need Stoke D’Abernon to lose – to win promotion from Surrey Championship Division Two.

The South London club are third after a comprehensive victory by seven wickets over Worcester Park last weekend.

Worcester Park chose to bat but lost their first wicket in the fourth over as just reward for another fine opening spell by Samir Hussain.

Jon Lodwick was more profligate, but took the second wicket with the last ball of his fifth over to reduce Park to 20-2. Joe Spicuglia and Rob Hill took the score to 46 in the 13th over without undue alarm before Spicuglia was lbw to Simon Harwood, pictured above, for 13.

Harwood struck again four overs later to take two wickets with successive balls and reduce them to 52-5 after 17. Alex Gledhill, who had replaced Hussain, took the sixth wicket with the score on 59. Harwood claimed his fourth to make it 70-7 after 23 overs.

Harwood came off after bowling eight overs to be replaced by leg spinner Ahmed Khan, 14. The teenager needed just three balls to remove Hill, who had remained in control while the wickets tumbled at the other end. His 28, off 72 balls, was comfortably the highest score of the innings.

Khan’s next over was too much for the last two batsmen as he bowled them both to dismiss Park for 84 off 28.3 overs, the last eight wickets falling for just 38 runs. Khan finished with 3-9 off 1.3 overs. Hussain and Gledhill had miserly figures of 1-9 off six and 1-14 off eight respectively. Lodwick finished with 1-25 off five. Keeper Will Bancroft held four catches.

Khan opened the batting with Chris Purshouse, and they added 18 together before the youngster was bowled by the first ball of the sixth over for seven.

Purshouse was joined by Matt Marfani and the pair added 37 for the second wicket, comfortably the highest partnership of the match, before the former fell to a diving catch off a skier for 22, off 38 balls.

Skipper Ed Stolle went lbw for five with the score on 67, but Nick Gunning joined Marfani to see their side home. Marfani survived a blow to the helmet to finish unbeaten with 36, his highest score of the season, off 56 balls. The victory had come after just 21 overs.

Dulwich travel to fifth-placed BoE, who were top of the table before Dulwich beat them in their first encounter.

PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD

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