12 June 2016 v Old Alleynians

In an abbreviated 25 over match Will MacVicar (son of that great servant of the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Stoics Cricket Club David) took the important wicket of Jamie Abbott, caught the equally crucial Ed Farley and one other catch later on, then made 75 not out in a match in which no one else made more than 32.

The other two men who did themselves proud in a very difficult day were umpires Kier Hopley and Mattie Watson, who faced with conflicting views on how the day should proceed and conducted themselves admirably.

The toss was always going to be crucial in a 25 over thrash, and whoever won it was going to insert the opposition, and Will Vanderspar called wrong. What followed bore more relevance to the dark days of Rambler Cricketer Cup history than the splendid performances of Will’s young side in 2015. After Farley and Abbott had been caught driving without due care and attention, Gnodde and Vanderspar seemed to have all under control at 75 for 2 after 11 overs, before a number of zany dismissals left the Ramblers 118 for 6 when the rain came briefly. Vanderspar took on a very powerful arm and was beaten by inches, Gnodde was caught loitering outside his crease and Langen picked out a safe pair of hands in the deep. 3 overs after the rain enabled Harry Chetwood to add most of the 33 made in the last 3 overs. 151 was what most would have settled for.

An ugly heave by Vikram Kumar and an excellent catch from Farley removed both Dulwich openers but MacVicar then took complete control, assisted by the occasional blow from the other end as partners came and went. Three overs remained when MacVicar reached 73 to take Dulwich home by four wickets.