Dulwich Sports Ground, London SE21 Sunday 17 July 2016
On the hottest day of the year so far, the Tigers won an intriguing contest against the SLOBS (South London Odd Balls) at Dulwich Sports Ground, making it successive victories for the first time this season. The pitch was opposite the famous Dulwich Picture Gallery – the oldest public art gallery in the country (see pictures below).
The home side pitched a 30 over contest: the Tigers 40. A compromise of 35 overs was agreed, though in the end the match lasted less than 54. SLOBS lost some early wickets but Chapple hammered a century (the second against the Tigers in three games), scoring 118 from 149 whilst he was at the wicket. He was particularly brutal on Stewart Taylor and Steve Bignell, taking advantage of the short boundary on two sides, until reined in somewhat by Chris Wright and Ian Daffern, the latter inducing a miscue to the cover boundary where Mike Herlihy took a fine catch. Only two other batsmen made it to double figures, the last five wickets going down for only six runs. It was a fine comeback from the Tigers after what projected to be a huge total for the hosts at one point.
Having knocked over the tail with three wickets for one run, Mike Delanian began the visitors’ reply by pulling Chapple’s first ball for six. However, although most of the top order batsmen got in, nobody went on to play a match winning innings. Barnaby Pinfield, in his first game back following a long injury lay off, made 23, Chris Boden 26 and Richard Burgess top scored with 27 on his home patch. The result looked secure at 139-4 but a flurry of wickets (Goodwin swapping the keeper’s gloves to bag 3-10) provoked some buttock clenching until Taylor gloved behind for the winning boundary.
Altogether, an excellent team performance, with everyone contributing runs, wickets or catches – Boden’s diving effort from square leg the pick. SLOBS shot themselves in the foot by conceding 35 extras, with boundary byes and a host of wides and no balls. This was ultimately the difference between the teams who were otherwise well matched.