Played at Dulwich Sports Ground
Report by Steve Hamilton
This was our first ever visit to Dulwich Village, to play
Southwark at the Dulwich Sports Ground, a venue boasting five
cricket pitches. We were to play on the wicket called Belair.
The conditions were pleasant, with temperatures hitting 23C and
a gentle breeze blowing across the ground. There was also plenty in
the wicket for both batsman and bowlers!
Our opposition was
no ordinary Sunday side. This team had depth in all departments and
we had a competitive battle on our hands.
We reached 61 for 2
off 11 overs. Junaid and Azaz then put on 55 for our third wicket.
Junaid was unfortunate not to reach his fifth 50 of the season,
leaving the crease after a classy knock of 49 including seven fours.
Azaz was the glue that held our innings together, contributing a
delightful 72 including eleven fours.
Madhur Khanna, on his
debut, showed glimpses of class and what he has to offer in the near
future. He hit a well played 20 before being run out towards the end
of our innings.
We reached a slightly below par total of
221-8 (35 overs).
We were treated for the first time this
season with teas in the large club house with three other teams
lining up carefully selecting their choices, reminding me of school
We got off to the perfect start in our defence, after
Waseem delivered a ripper of delivery - an unplayable yorker that
hit the base of middle stump to remove Peak for 4. At this stage
Southbank were creeping along slowly at 15-1 off 5 overs.
Asad bowled with constant control and lively pace and beat the bat
numerous times and definitely deserved a wicket, but it was just one
those days, when we did n0t get the rub on the green.
halfway stage of 18 overs Southbank had reached 98-1. We continued
with ten men on the field as one of our players had to leave.
Their numbers 1 and 3, Thornton and Arnold, put on 105 for their
second wicket. There a partnership was broken when I came on to bowl
and floated one above Arnold’s eyeline and tempted him to hit across
the line. His shot flew to Umair's safe hands at deep midwicket and
he departed after a dazzling 52.
Their fourth batter Siddique
was a cat who had more then a few a lives (DROPPED three times). He
definitely upped the ante and changed the direction of the game with
an all-or-nothing approach. He hit five fours and two sixes in a
rapid 43 before he was eventually caught by Waseem at deep midwicket
off the bowling of Madhur.
Thornton, unbeaten on 65, and
Singh (28) took Southbank over the finishing line with 8 balls
Maybe if we had taken our catches? Maybe if we
had a full 11 on the field? What if …?
All round it was great
advert for cricket! Extremely competitive, spicy at times and played
in good spirits.