Dulwich VII CC vs Southwark Park CC

Our first away game is on a hot and sunny day. The ground is large and beautiful and it is great to be playing on a proper grass strip with a proper size boundary and a pavilion. Unfortunately both sides only have nine mean each so the ground seems very big indeed. We agree to play a timed game with a 1st innings of 40 overs and then a minimum of 20 overs to be bowled after 5pm.

We win the toss and bat with John and Tom opening. John falls early bowled by Grimsey for 7. Charlie is next in and gets things moving with his trademark cut shot bringing two fours early on. We reach 21-1 after 3 overs and the score moves on steadily until Charlie is bowled by Mullany for 24 with the score 48-2. Dan goes in at number four and is out for 6 caught behind off a top edge by Grimsey with the score now 63-3. Martin is in at five and we reach 74-3 in 14 overs. He and Tom accelerate with Tom reaching his 50 and at drinks we are 125-3 after 20 overs.

After the drinks break Tom is caught off Raees for 67 including nine 4s and a 6. This brinks Shaker to the crease and he makes a quick 24 before falling LBW to Nava. Shortly after this Martin is bowled by Raees for 30 and Luke is stumped for 5 of Nava. Our final pair Louis and Graham blaze away making 22 and 11 respectively until Louis is caught going for one big shot too many and we are all out for 205 off 32 overs. Not as much as we'd hoped, but we still feel we are in with a chance if we bowl well.

Dulwich put on a lovely tea for us in the pavilion and then they begin their reply.

Charlie and Luke open the bowling and keep thing fairly tight, but our fielding is sloppy to begin with as we misfield and drop catches until John (?) holds on to one off Graham's bowling as opener Griffiths goes for 4 with the score on 28 in the eleventh over. He strikes again in his next over as he gets Grimsey caught by Martin for 1 with the score on 34-2.

Tom follows up with the wickets of opener Marshall bowled for 45 and Pylas LBW for 9 leaving the home side at 81-4. After this they begin to wobble as Charlie bowls Mullany for a duck in his second spell and we get two quick wickets; Shak bowls Scott-Coombes for 11 and Tom runs out Raees for 23. Shak is unlucky to only get one wicket as catching and stumping chances are missed by Dan behind the stumps. The final pair hold out for the home side as Charlie bowls a maiden in his last over but we cannot get the final wicket. They grind out a draw and finish on 135-7.

We are gutted to not be able to force a win but we retain our unbeaten record and Tom is Man of the Match for his 67, 2 for 18 and a run out.