ASHTEAD 239-5 (50) beat DULWICH 213-9 (50) by 26 runs
An opening stand of 85 got Dulwich off to a good start in pursuit of 239 in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at home to second-placed Ashtead, but the later batsmen were unable to maintain the momentum and they went down to defeat by 26 runs.
Ashtead chose to bat, but lost their first two wickets in 9.1 overs, with one apiece to Tom Savill and Mark Kelly, who bowled his ten overs straight through to finish with 1-31. Zac Elkin and Stewart Cameron had taken the score to 73 in the 19th over when Cameron hit the ball into his ankle and had to retire hurt. George Adolphus, with 27 off 45 balls, helped Elkin take the score to 124 in the 31st over before falling to Chris Lester. Cameron returned, but lost Elkin, lbw to Arun Mahey for 75, with the score on 152 in the 38th over. Cameron was joined by Matt Friedlander, and together they had taken the score to 199 in the 46th over when Cameron fell to Levi Olver for 46, off 62 balls. Friedlander then dominated the last four overs, hitting another 28 runs and finishing on 52 not out off only 43 balls. Ashtead closed on 239-5 after their 50 overs.
The Dulwich reply started positively as Richard Farrow and Tom Deasy added 85 for the first wicket in 21.3 overs, before Deasy was run out going for a third run. His 26 had come off 49 balls. Skipper Anil Mahey fell lbw first ball, but James Price got off to a flier, hitting 18 off 12 balls before falling to a brilliant catch with the score on 112 in the 28th over. Lester fell for 8, and Farrow’s innings ended at 132 off the first ball of the 36th over, having made 57 off 119 balls. James Balmforth and Nick Storey were unable to force the pace, adding 21 in the next seven overs, before Balmforth fell for 10 to make it 153-6 after 42.1 overs. Savill hit 12 off 15 balls, falling on 173 in the 45th over. Storey and Olver then took the score to 188 in the 47th over when both fell off successive balls, Storey for 21 off 31 balls and Olver for 10 off nine. With nine wickets down, it took a cameo of 20 not out off 12 balls by Kelly to get Dulwich past the 200 mark and secure a bonus point. Arun Mahey, with 2 not out, helped him take the score to 213-9 after their 50 overs. Off-spinner Tom Deighton, who had taken seven wickets in the first match between the teams, was again the most successful bowler with 4-20 off eight overs.
This defeat leaves Dulwich in eighth place, three points clear of Purley after the latter’s deduction of 13 points for breaching registration rules. Dulwich have no game next week due to Brook’s withdrawal from the Championship, and resume the following week at home to Beddington.