ASHTEAD 311-8 (50) beat DULWICH 169-9 (41) by 142 runs
A weakened Dulwich side were thoroughly outplayed in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match against leaders Ashtead, and went down to defeat by 142 runs.
Dulwich’s bowling, already lacking Alex Gledhill, was further depleted by the late withdrawal of skipper Tom Savill for family reasons, and the non-appearance of Frankie Brown, whose absence left them with only ten men. Michael Currey took over the reins as acting captain, and saw his decision to field rewarded as Naeem Iqbal took the first wicket in the opening over. They failed to build on this, however, as John Vaughan-Davies and England under 19 batsman Dominic Sibley added 114 for the second wicket in just 17.4 overs. Vaughan-Davies fell to Salaar Waqar for 53 (off 55 balls) and Stuart Ferguson followed up with two wickets in a tight spell which conceded 47 runs off his ten overs. In Brown’s absence Ed Stolle, who had done sterling work last week as a stand-in keeper, was now pressed into service as a bowler. Once again he responded admirably, bowling his ten overs straight through for 48 runs and picking up the valuable wicket of Sibley, who had looked destined for a century before surprisingly falling for 96, scored off 113 balls. Stewart Cameron then anchored the rest of the innings while the other batsmen went for their shots, as 98 runs came off the last 11.4 overs. Waqar conceded 42 off his last four overs but picked up a wicket in each of his last three to finish with 4-75 off his ten overs. The Ashtead innings closed on 311-8 after their 50 overs.
Dulwich gave a debut to 17 year old opener Chris Stone. He was nearly run out without facing off the first ball of the innings, but then played impressively to score 10 in a partnership of 38 in 10.2 overs with Currey before an attempt to take a sharp second run this time proved fatal. Currey was joined by Ferguson, and together they took the score to 72 in the 20th over when Currey fell for 37, scored off 49 balls. Ferguson then dominated the rest of the innings as wickets fell around him. Matt Balch, who made 10 in a partnership of 36 in eight overs for the fourth wicket, and Iqbal, who also made 10 while adding 23 in 4.2 overs for the seventh, were the only other batsmen to make double figures. Ferguson’s dismissal for 85 (off 98 balls) was followed by two more wickets in the next over as the last three wickets all went down with the score on 169. The wickets were shared around, with four bowlers taking two wickets each.
Dulwich remain in sixth place, and will be looking to put this defeat behind them next week with a home fixture against Chessington, whom they beat by one run earlier in the season and who are now one place below them in the table.