Sat 14th May – 2nd XI v Ashtead
With expectations for the season reaching feverous levels and with skipper Reid’s rousing Churchillian mid-week message at the forefront of the player’s minds, Dulwich welcomed the visit of newly promoted Ashtead for their first home game of the season.
After losing the toss, Dulwich were invited to bat first on a wicket that looked certain to offer some help for the seamers. This did however provide Dulwich’s strong battery of seam bowlers the chance to recover after Gaz Cornick’s lengthy and bizarre warm-up session, which at one point resembled an ancient martial art ritual rather than eleven men getting ready to bat, bowl, catch and field.
Dulwich struggled against the new ball, losing Hale in the opening over and after 15 overs were struggling on 34 for 4. Tom Peacock and Stuart Ferguson started to consolidate and rebuild the innings watchfully. They showed real application and when Peacock was dismissed for 57 the pair had shared a 142 run partnership. Ferguson went on to complete a superb century in the 50th over to finish 101 not out and Dulwich posted a total of 202 for 8.
Dulwich began well with Bobby removing Ashtead’s opener in the first over and Bridgland continued his fine early season form from the other end, bowling sharply to claim 3 wickets. Wickets continued to fall and despite a frustrating 6th wicket partnership and some moments of fielding straight from The Benny Hill School of Fielding, Cornick, Pettigrew and Peacock shared the wickets as Dulwich wrapped up Ashtead’s innings for 111 to win by 91 runs.
It was a great all round performance and a very satisfying win for Dulwich to make it two wins out of two. There is a solid backbone and character to the team and confidence is high, but if we’re to remain in contention for honours we need to iron out a few creases and make sure we take the chances offered.