ASHFORD 84 (31.2 overs), DULWICH 85-1 (13.3 overs)
Dulwich raced to an emphatic 9-wicket victory in their Ryman Surrey Championship match at Ashford to secure the Division Two championship and promotion to Division One.
Ashford chose to bat but were immediately put on the back foot as Mark Kelly and Chris Lester both struck in their first over. Acting skipper Wendell Sebastian went on the attack, striking 20 off 24 balls, before running himself out with the score on 44 after 11.4 overs. Chris Evans, the league’s record run scorer, dug in at one end, but Kelly struck at the other end in each of his last two overs to reduce Ashford to 58 for 5 after 19 overs. Kelly bowled his ten overs straight through to finish with 3-13 and lift his total for the season to 31 wickets. Evans and Riaz Khan lifted the score to 76 but Evans’ dismissal for 24 off 83 balls sparked a collapse in which the last five wickets fell for eight runs in 5.1 overs. Majeed Jehangir took three of them to finish with 3-6 off 6 overs, with the other two falling to Arun Mahey and a run out. James Balmforth took three catches to finish as the leading wicket-keeper in the whole Surrey Championship with 29 dismissals.
In reply, Dulwich lost Ed Matten in the fourth over with the score on 10. Jehangir then joined skipper Anil Mahey and together they knocked off the runs with 36.3 overs to spare. Both faced 38 balls as Mahey finished on 27 and Jehangir on 54. This was Jehangir’s eighth score of 50 or more and takes his aggregate to 819 at an average of 58.5. He also finished with 38 wickets at 13.42 to emphasise his value to the side in their promotion season.