Sat 21st July – 4th XI v Ashtead
DULWICH 128-7 beat ASHTEAD 71 by 57 runs
Heavy overnight rain left some large puddles of water on DSG, with the pitch itself looking good everyone was keen to play so a 12pm meet became a 10.30am working party and work the 4s did. Sweeping, mopping, forking and ark building saw the pitch to a playable state.
Ashstead won the toss and decided to swim first, which left Chris "he likes a drive" Ford and Yogi Kemp with the difficult task of rowing out to bat first. Both openers got of the mark quickly and despite some good bowling they managed to take Dulwich past 50 at nearly 3 an over. Yogi Kemp was first to go trying to come back for seconds only to be turned away by ranger Smith, leaving Dulwich on 68-1, this quickly became 79-7 as the middle order collapsed. The rush of wickets took Steve Johns by surprise, leaving him dashing back to the pavilion for his pads. Unfortunately he didn't make it in time so skipper Simon "6 weeks holiday" Bailey moved himself up to 9 and went to join Rez Bopara at the crease. Both men dug in and guided Dulwich to 128-7 from 42 overs. Rez finished 33 not out.
Dulwich took to the field in confident mood and soon had the chance to celebrate with Kanak "the legend" Patel taking early wickets. Beggsy even managed a diving catch at gully which saw him clutch the ball and then his sun glasses in 1 big heap! Wickets fell at regular intervals, and when Kanak delivered the ball of the season to see of Ashstead's skipper the doggies smelt victory. Kanak finished with 5 for 21, Beggsy chipped in with 4 for 17 and Ravi Haque took just 2 balls to finish things off. Ashstead all out for 71, giving Dulwich the 13 points.
A superb effort all round, especially the number of people who turned up early to help out. Great work fellas.