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Stiddard ton sparks Whits

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A MAIDEN century from Matt Stiddard and a fine all-round display from David Burton ensured Old Whitgiftians secured a convincing win away at Dulwich.

The home side won the toss and put the OWs into bat, before rain arrived. The Dulwich bowlers kept a tight line early on but the OWs got off to a flyer.

Rob Willson was eventually dismissed lbw for seven off Chris Lester's bowling. David Burton and Matt Stiddard then saw off the new ball.

Just before lunch, Burton fell caught at slip for 62 off the bowling of Naeem Iqbal (4-65).

After lunch, Adam Clarke was bowled by Iqbal for seven, which brought Mo Raza to the crease to join Stiddard.

The pair added 75 at a run a ball and saw the OWs safely past the 200 mark but, soon after, Raza was caught at mid-wicket by Anil Mahey for 33. Stiddard, who had held the innings together, then brought up his hundred, off 165 balls including 13 boundaries. The OWs declared on 264-6 off 58 overs, with Shan Malik 10 not out and Hussain 20 not out.

The Dulwich reply took place under darkening skies with the OW bowlers taking early wickets to leave Dulwich 43-6. Levi Olver and Tom Savill then batted sensibly against the OW's spinners, adding 57 for the seventh wicket.

With light fading fast, Alex Gledhill was caught at short leg to leave Savill stranded on 56 and the OWs the victors. David Burton ended with 5-51.

OW skipper Ali Raja said: "It was great to the see Matt Stiddard get his first hundred. Overall it was an excellent display – hopefully we can continue against Beddington."


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