The Plough made the short trip over the fence to play a youthful Dulwich side. With the grey
overhead conditions and green track, skipper Simon Carson elected to have a bowl.
Matt Bolshaw took the new ball and immediately made it count. The opposition captain was
tempted into a false stroke and saw the ball loop into the hands of Hector Barnicoat-Hood at mid-off
– a mode of dismissal which was very common over the day.
Matt Hopper followed up with a carbon copy at the other end, leaving Dulwich a couple of early
wickets down without troubling the scorer. Both bowlers continued to bowl excellently and were
unlucky that edges flew into space rather than hands (or that they fell to Tom Lane, who
unfortunately dropped a dolly at midwicket).
The rest of the bowlers generally followed suit in making the batsman work hard to grind out runs.
Trent Catanzariti and Hector Barnicoat-Hood were both miserly and were duly rewarded with two
and one wickets apiece respectively, including the key wicket of the number 3 batsman for 44.
The flow of wickets was effective at halting any momentum that Dulwich ever started to pick up.
Simon Carson and David Nielsen-Scott also claimed wickets piece, setting up the stage for Matt
Hopper to return with another couple of well-deserved scalps to mop up the tail. There is nothing
that Aussie seamers enjoy more than bouncing out 15-year-old batsmen – the Dulwich tail-
enders learned this the hard way. The innings finished with a wicket, setting a target of 147 for the
Ploughmans to chase in their 35 overs. Given the sticky nature of the wicket, it looked a competitive
Iskander Eaton and the in-form Tom Lane opened up the chase. Much like in the first innings,
accumulation was difficult, and some tight bowling paired with energetic fielding from Dulwich
restricted the run rate. After 12 overs, the score was 30-1, Iskander being the man to go having been
caught slashing the ball to backward point.
With scoring being tough, it became even more important to put away the bad balls, and this is
exactly what Tom and Alex Julienne did. Most memorable were the brutal back to back sixes from
Tom, and the stylish cover drives from Alex. By the time Alex departed with the score at 77-2 in the
20th over, Ploughmans were back on the required rate, and with wickets in hand were in a strong
Dulwich fought well and managed to grab a couple more quick wickets following drinks. This did not
stall the chase enough though, particularly with a long batting line-up still to come.
Having been relatively starved of the strike, Tom Lane moved his score past 50 for the third game in a row, more
than making up for his earlier drop in the field. At the other end, David Nielsen-Scott played an
aggressive cameo, bludgeoning some tiring bowlers around the ground. A six over square leg sealed
the game with four overs still to go, with Ploughmans winning by six wickets. In reality, it felt a lot
tighter than this for the majority of the chase, with Dulwich putting in a creditable performance.