BY JOHN LEWIS
Dulwich recorded their first win of the season in Surrey Championship Division Two with a six wicket win at leaders Dorking.
The Sussex side elected to bat, but their first runs did not come until the 28th ball of the innings as Jon Lodwick and Kamran Munawar exploited early life in the pitch.
They each took two wickets to leave Dorking reeling on 21-4 after 11 overs.
But prolific opener Bradley Erasmus was still there, and he combined with his skipper Toby Blood to add 31 for the fifth wicket.
The pace men gave way to the spinners, and Ben Swanson, in his first game of the season, and Salaar Waqar each took a wicket to make it 59-6 after 20 overs.
Chris Ward helped Erasmus add 46 before giving Waqar his second wicket. Alex Gledhill removed Kieron Corbett. Charlie Edwards joined Erasmus in a stand of 30 for the ninth wicket. Alex Leyshon, the third slow left-armer, joined the attack and brought Erasmus’ accomplished innings to an end. The opener had dominated the Dorking batting, making 83 (off 123 balls) out of a total of 144-9.
The last wicket pair added a further 15 before Leyshon took his second wicket, leaving Edwards unbeaten on 17, the second-highest score of the innings. Dorking were all out for 159 in the 47th over.
The wickets were shared around, with each of the six bowlers getting at least one, but none of them taking more than two. They were well supported by their fielders, while keeper Will Bancroft celebrated his recall to the first team with three catches and a stumping.
Erasmus opened the bowling in company with Corbett, but they were unable to make early inroads into the Dulwich batting. Skipper Ed Stolle launched the reply in positive fashion, scoring 33 of the first 35 runs – the other two being extras – before falling to change bowler Ward in the eighth over.
Robbie Catling fell two balls later, to bring in Matt Marfani to join opener Leyshon. The pair added 42 in 12 overs for the third wicket before Leyshon went for 18.
Marfani advanced to 24 before becoming the fourth wicket with the score on 89 after 23.1 overs.
Waqar joined Nick Gunning with 71 still needed but the pair proved equal to the task. They were aided by a succession of wides, two of which went to the boundary, and also by an injury to keeper Blood in the 11th over that had forced him to relinquish the gloves – his replacements were not up to the same standard.
The target was reached off the last ball of the 39th over, with Gunning on 33 (off 48 balls) and Waqar 32 (off 60).
Dulwich climbed two places to seventh but there are only five points separating the bottom four teams.
This weekend the format switches to the timed games.
Dulwich have a crucial home match against Sanderstead, who stand two places but just three points below them in the table.
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