ASHFORD 228-9 (55) drew with DULWICH 134-5 (30)
After a frenetic last few overs Dulwich obtained a winning draw in a rain-affected Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Ashford.
Dulwich won the toss for the seventh time in seven matches, and with rain forecast put their opponents into bat. Naeem Iqbal, relishing playing against his old club, steamed in and took the first wicket in his second over. Wendell Sebastian then launched an onslaught, taking 22 runs off Jon Lodwick’s fourth over which was bowled at reduced pace and with some discomfort following a fielding injury. This included a mighty six onto the railway line, which caused the ball to be replaced after just eight overs. With only a much older ball available, and the spinners unable to grip it properly in light drizzle, the batsmen continued to make merry against the quicker bowlers. Iqbal removed Sebastian for 38 (scored off just 21 balls) to finish his spell with 2-37 off nine overs, but Paul Frost, having been dropped before scoring, led his side to 142-2 after 26 overs. Once the ball had dried spinners Frankie Brown and Salaar Waqar were able to exert some control, conceding just 35 off their first 15 overs in tandem while Brown picked up three wickets. He continued to work his way through the rest of the Ashford order, finishing with 6-42 off 17 overs, his second haul of five or more wickets this season. Stuart Ferguson also picked up a wicket as Ashford batted out their full 55 overs to close on 228-9.
Dulwich were left with just 45 overs to get the runs, and got off to a bad start as skipper Michael Currey fell in the third over. Nick Hudson went for 9, but Brown joined Ed Stolle to take the score to 74-2 after 22 overs. A heavy shower then drove the players from the field, resulting in the loss of three overs. Only nine balls were possible after the resumption before a much heavier downpour brought a longer interruption, but this short period of play was enough to claim the wicket of Stolle for 29. Play finally resumed with another 12 overs deducted, reducing the innings to 30 overs. This left just 6.3 overs to score 44 runs and reach the new winning draw target of 125. Brown fell in the next over for 38, but Ferguson and keeper Ed Hopkins were up to the challenge, adding 40 for the fifth wicket and reaching the target with an over to spare. Ferguson’s dismissal in the 30th over, having made 28 off only 21 balls, brought in Iqbal to face the last ball, which he gleefully smote back over the opposition skipper’s head for six. The Dulwich innings ended on 134-5, with Hopkins unbeaten on 12 off 11 balls.
Both sides take five points from this encounter. With none of the other sides below them able to force a win Dulwich remain in seventh place. Next week they have another home match, this time against Purley who are sixth.