Dulwich 148 AO - Meyer 4-36
WHCC 110 AO - G Morley 51
At the second time of asking, Walshy did something for the club and won the toss. Dulwich were duly sent in to bat on what looked like the best strip at W&H for some time, the outfield actually resembled one as well.
Glenn broke through first, inducing an edge and a fine catch from Dean behind the stumps, Ross then pulled off one of the finest caught and bowled you’ll see as he held on to one the screamed at him right out of the meat of the bat, Ross was very pleased with this one, at least that’s what I think he told the departing batsman. The score now was 40-2.
Damo and Quaggy were then introduced into the attack, with Damo strangling the run rate from one end and Quaggy producing a fine display from the other end we began to make inroads Into the Dulwich batting line up. I can’t remember the lads name but the bloke with the ginger hair had batted for ages and seemed to be playing with a fair amount of control as Quaggy kept probing away at him. The comment (ironically from Human Dog) was “we’ll see if he has the mental toughness to grind it out”, two balls later he made room for himself but played a poor shot and got an edge into Dean’s gloves !. Watch and learn Toby.
Two more wickets followed for Quaggy and one for Damo and Dulwich were in tatters at 84-7. We actually looked like a cricket team out there again. Then came the appearance at the crease of Kenlock who is best known for his bowling, he joined the skipper Kelly and between them, through a combination of luck and good shot selection, began to form a useful partnership. A couple of catches went down to add to everyone’s frustration before Ross pulled off another caught and bowled to remove Kenlock, Ross again letting him know where the pavilion was. Dulwich were eventually all out for 148, which I thought was 30 more than they should have got, Quaggy bagging four wickets in what was an excellent spell of line and length bowling.
Yet another opening partnership for us then, this time Morlers and Tommo. Within minutes Morlers got beaten by sheer pace and departed for 0. Tommo followed soon after and yet again we had failed to make a start. Quaggy then began to get to grips and together with Glenn, started to drag the game back in our favour. Quaggy was next to go quickly followed by Ross who was unfortunate to get a peach second ball for his first English duck, we were now 80-4. By now it became apparent that someone would have to stay out there with Glenn if we were to win, however, this didn’t happen and Glenn was eventually out for an excellent 51. Walshy, Toby and Dean didn’t look entirely comfortable and although Ben, Minge and Damo showed that you could actually bat for a while out there without getting yourself out, we had shot ourselves in the foot yet again and were dismissed for 110. Once more, Glenn had scored almost half our runs.
The constant line-up changes do not help us, but for some reason we keep self destructing when we bat. This week we are without Walshy and Damo, however Dikko and Regan are back, and soon we’ll also have Gibbers fresh from his honeymoon to hopefully give us a few more solid starts. It’s been a bit of a kick in the pants for us, however we are not alone as Egham and Old Midwhitgiftians also have yet to register a point. I felt sorry for Ben on Saturday, however it’s all experience and he can only learn from it. To drop a catch is human, to do it and have half their team immediately in your ear is unfortunate. The teams reaction didn’t help but as I said earlier, it was a frustrating day. A game that we controlled for large parts ended up being thrown away.