BANSTEAD 226-8 (40) lost to DULWICH 227-8 (40) by 2 wickets
A new-look Academy side containing five debutants had a thrilling first Surrey Trust League game, scoring 11 runs in the last over to defeat Banstead by two wickets off the last ball.
Banstead chose to bat, and scored at a steady rate of about 5-6 per over throughout their innings, opener Billy Yates, with 53 off 55 balls, and James Stainer, 57 off 82, being the main scorers. The total was boosted by 41 extras, including 25 wides. Experienced off-spinner Graeme Hough, with 4-40 off eight overs, was the most successful bowler, while Brandon Kenlock, Sam Redmayne and Euan Johnson picked up a wicket each.
The Dulwich reply was built around a fine innings of 85, off only 89 balls, by Alastair Neden, in his first appearance for the Academy. Kenlock provided solid support in a second wicket partnership which had taken the score to 99 in the 20th over when Kenlock fell for 22, off 60 balls. Neden was joined by another newcomer, Greg Bond, who made 19 off 26 balls before being run out. Johnson, with 30 off 26 balls, Zakir Rostami, 7 off 9, and Jamie Hall, 14 off 9, kept the score moving until 11 were required off the last over. Opening bowler Yates was recalled to bowl it, but a wide, followed by seven runs off the next three balls, reduced the requirement to three off three. Fergus Neve was bowled by the first of these, but a run to a wide off the next ball brought the scores level, and also brought Hall back on strike with two balls remaining. He fell aiming for the winning hit, and it took a bye off the last ball to secure victory. Banstead were even more profligate with the extras, conceding 46, including 24 wides.
This was a most promising start for an inexperienced side, and they will be hoping to build on it next week in a friendly game at home to Wimbledon.