4th XI at Dulwich – 17 June 2017

The 4th XI made the long journey to Dulwich for another tough game in this little cluster we have found ourselves in. Dulwich away is always a tough proposition, and with the skipper bein dragged round Peppa Pig world and the Vice Captain sunning himself in Bali, it was going to be a bit tougher than normal!

Jack Greaves took the captains armband and did so excellently, reaping praise from those playing, even if some of the decisions made me turn the air blue some 70 miles away, but more of that later.

Losing the toss (Sack him!) we were inserted for only the second time this season, Sunbury once again got off to another flying start, with the impressive Sehmi and Greaves flaying the ball to all parts. We were soon 60/0 in only the 7th over. Skipper turns to his wife in the queue for the hot air balloon ride and declares “Bat 43 and declare at 260” Wife not either impressed, or understanding.

Dulwich then took pace off the ball and began to take hold of the situation, and their grasp on the game tightened, with regular wickets reducing our score to 108/6 and things were looking gloomy. However some late “Busty Lowe’s” from the tail, namely Rajeev Chaddha, Nobby Clarke and the impressive Shyam Patel lifted our score to 207 all out, and we fancied our chances of defending that.

An early wicket for Patel and it was an even game. Clarke game on and kept it tight and with the required run rate at 5’s, and both openers in the hutch Sunbury sniffed a win. However where Sunbury’s middle order failed, Dulwich’s stepped up, and despite chipping away at the wickets, Dulwich were just that bit too good on the day. Skipper Greaves turned to “Whatever happens don’t bowl Mugsy” and unbelievably he got a wicket! A master stroke by the skipper, and if the other catches had been held off his bowling, we could have stolen the points. As it was, Dulwich limped over the line to leave Sunbury wondering what might have been.

Another good performance from the boys however, Greaves can be very proud of himself and his captaincy, as can every player. Pushing a good side like Dulwich is not something many teams do. We must keep the pressure on leaders Wimbledon as we face Walton at home next week in a must win game.

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