Dulwich staged a remarkable recovery to defeat bottom club Sanderstead by 40 runs to go second in Division Two of the AJ Fordham Surrey Championship.
Dulwich were put into bat in difficult batting conditions to face the pace of George Jackson and Nicky Wilson.
Skipper Jackson struck with the second ball of the match to bowl Veer Patel. Sam Ellison fell to Wilson. Chris Purshouse made 18 off 30 balls and had added 23 in 4.2 overs with keeper Will Bancroft when Gregg McLean removed them both in his first over.
Nick Gunning kept the scoreboard moving by making 21 off 30 balls, mostly in company with Elliot Miles, but both fell to Sandeep Kuckreja to make it 76-6 after 20 overs. Salaar Waqar and acting skipper Jon Lodwick added 28 before Waqar was caught behind for 15, and Simon Harwood fell two overs later to leave Dulwich precariously placed on 106-8. Six runs later Lodwick edged Simon Carter straight into the hands of the slip fielder, who dropped it. This miss changed the course of the match.
Lodwick had been joined by Sahir Hussain, who defended obdurately in making four off 30 balls, while his skipper went on the attack. The stand had put on 47 in 12 overs when Hussain was caught behind off Kuckreja. Alex Gledhill helped Lodwick add 15 for the last wicket before the captain was caught in the deep. Lodwick’s 52, off 97 balls, was his second half century of the season and only the fourth by a Dulwich batsman this year. The last two wickets had added 62 runs to lift the score to 168.
Sanderstead held back their best batsmen but the ploy backfired spectacularly. Lodwick conceded just six runs off his first four overs, while Hussain started with four consecutive maidens.
Harwood took two wickets in his first over and Gunning struck with his first ball to leave Sanderstead reeling on 6-3 after 10 overs. Carter helped Jackson add 33 for the fourth wicket before falling to Miles for 11, Sanderstead declined to 78-7 after 27 overs.
Jackson was joined by Esmatullah Zadran in a stand of 42 but the former’s dismissal, caught behind off Lodwick for 47 off 86 balls, signalled the end. They were all out for 128.
Dulwich host Stoke D’Abernon tomorrow.
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