Sat 1st Jun – 1st XI v Ashtead

DULWICH 163 (47.1) lost to ASHTEAD 166-5 (43) by 5 wickets


Dulwich squandered a good start to subside to a five wicket defeat in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at Ashtead.

Dulwich chose to bat, and started positively as Anil Mahey and Ed Savill added 52 for the first wicket in 15.5 overs. Savill fell for 12, and was replaced by Ed Carlton who looked in fine form as he and Mahey took the score to 100-1 at the halfway stage. Hopes of a substantial score were dashed when Carlton was dismissed by 15 year-old left arm spinner Tom Homes with the second ball after the drinks interval for 27, made off 34 balls; and Mahey fell to an astonishing catch in the next over off off-spinner Tom Deighton for 45, off 71 balls. Homes’ next over brought another wicket, Jonathan Lewis for 2, and Deighton struck again three overs later, dismissing Ed Stolle for 5. Dulwich had declined from 101-1 to 115-5 in six overs. James Balmforth and skipper Tom Savill dug in against the two spinners, who both bowled their ten overs straight through to finish with identical figures of 2-26. The sixth wicket pair added 34, taking the score to 149 in the 44th over, but the return of the opening bowlers precipitated another collapse, with the last five wickets falling for just 14 runs in 23 balls. Balmforth fell to Conor Young for 25, made off 48 balls, and Stuart Cope took the other four wickets, including Savill for 19 off 47 balls, to finish with 4-27.  Dulwich were dismissed for 163, with 2.5 overs of their innings unused.

Teenage openers Fred Davies and Dominic Sibley launched the Ashtead reply with a partnership of 65 in 14.4 overs before Levi Olver removed England Under-19 batsman Sibley for 26, off 42 balls. Olver and James Bridgland put a brake on the scoring, with Olver taking 1-32 off eight overs, and Bridgland conceding only 30 runs off his ten overs for the wicket of Andrew Roberts for 15. Lewis picked up two wickets in a spell of eight overs for 36 runs, removing Davies for 66 off 94 balls, and Stewart Cameron for 19 off 45. Chris Lester had Young lbw in the next over for a duck to make it 145-5, but skipper John Vaughan-Davies, with 23 not out off 37 balls, steered Ashford inexorably towards their target, which they achieved for the loss of five wickets with seven overs to spare.

This defeat leaves Dulwich without a win after four matches, and they will be hoping that reversion to the longer format next week away to Beddington brings a change in fortune.

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