Sat 20th Jul – 1st XI v Ashtead
ASHTEAD 266 (50) beat DULWICH 147 (49.1) by 119 RUNS
A familiar batting collapse saw Dulwich subside to a 119 run defeat in their Ryman Surrey Championship Division 1 match at home to Ashtead.
Ashtead chose to bat, and their innings was built around a solid 89 off 135 balls by England Under 19 batsman Dominic Sibley. Skipper Tom Savill bowled Fred Davies with the score on 18, but Sibley was then joined by Andrew Roberts in a stand of 75 in 17.5 overs for the second wicket. James Bridgland removed Roberts for 21 and two wickets then fell in Naeem Iqbal’s first over, both caught by Anil Mahey at slip, to reduce Ashtead to 100-4 after 24 overs. The innings recovered thanks to a fifth wicket partnership of 86 in 21.2 overs either side of lunch between Sibley and keeper Rob Lammiman, who made 45. Mahey joined the attack with the score on 186, and Sibley fell in his first over, Lammiman followed in his second and Tom Dunn in his third, all three being caught behind by James Balmforth. A run out by the skipper and a wicket for Chris Lester to another Mahey slip catch reduced Ashtead to 225-9, but a last wicket stand of 41 in 5.5 overs between Conor Young and Tom Williams lifted the score to 266. Williams fell to Iqbal for 14 off the last ball of the 60th over, leaving Young undefeated on 46. Iqbal finished with 3-36 off 11 overs, while Mahey, having taken 3-8 off his first three overs, took a bit of stick off his next three to finish with 3-37 off six.
Mahey and Nick Hudson started positively in reply, adding 66 without loss in 17 overs before tea. The resumption brought the first wicket, with Hudson falling to Tom Deighton for 36, off 56 balls, with the score on 72. Sibley joined Deighton in the attack, and the two spinners bowled unchanged for the rest of the innings. Deighton also removed Mahey for 42, Gareth Cornick for 12 and Balmforth for 20, while Sibley dismissed Jonathan Lewis for 9, Ed Stolle for a 16 ball duck and debutant Matthew Houcke for a single to make it 127-7 after 42.5 overs. With victory now out of reach Savill and Iqbal attempted to dig in for a draw, adding 20 for the eighth wicket, but Savill’s dismissal for 14 was followed by Iqbal for 6 and Lester without scoring as the last three wickets fell for no runs in 11 balls. All ten wickets had fallen in 30 overs for just 75 runs as Dulwich were dismissed for 147 in the 50th over, Deighton finishing with 6-47 off 18.1 overs and Sibley completing a fine all-round performance with 4-39 off 17.
This defeat, coupled with Farnham’s win against Cheam, pushes Dulwich back to the foot of the table, and they are now 19 points adrift of Ashtead who remain in eighth place. Next week Dulwich are at home to Old Whitgiftians, who are seventh, while Ashtead and Farnham play each other.