Dulwich’s attempt to achieve a fourth successive win in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 2 match at home to Ashford was thwarted by the weather and they had to settle for a winning draw.
After a late start, Dulwich were put into bat on a damp pitch. Opening pair Anil Mahey and Ed Matten found scoring difficult, with the first run not coming until five overs into the game before Mahey eventually fell to the bowling of Riaz Khan for five. Majeed Jehangir joined Matten to take the score to 37 off 16 overs before Matten also fell to the bowling of Khan for 14.
Mark Kelly helped Jehangir add 25 for the fourth wicket before falling for a hard fought one in the 25th over leaving Dulwich on 62 for three. Jehangir added a further 29 with Richard Farrow before falling for 49 from 81 balls. Farrow was joined by Tom Savill and together they consolidated, moving the total on to 107 for four after 39 overs. Having consolidated the pair then went on to up the run rate, adding a further 85 from the next eight overs. Savill was eventually caught on the boundary for 49, at better than a run a ball, before James Soulsby was run out from the next ball without facing. Farrow finished unbeaten on 66 from 62 balls, as Dulwich declared on a creditable 194-6 after 47 overs.
Due to the late start Ashford were left with 45 overs to get the runs. Chris Evans and Dan Rose found scoring just as difficult as the Dulwich openers, with Savill and Kelly conceding just three runs, all extras, in the first six overs. Evans fell to Kelly for two, before Harry MacDonald removed Ashford’s skipper Richard Mansfield in his first over after he’d scored a brisk 17 from just 18 balls. Rose was caught by off Jehangir’s bowling for 31 and Naim Iqbal was run out for one to reduce Ashford to 74-4 in the 25th over. Sam Gilmour and Ross Wright added 47 in 7.3 overs for the fifth wicket when rain brought an abrupt end to the match. Gilmour, the son of former Australian test player Gary – but no relation to Pink Floyd rocker David - finished on 47 off 57 balls, while Wright had made 17 off 20.
Ashford were still well behind Dulwich’s scoring rate, so the home side claimed the winning draw. Next week Dulwich are away to Esher.