Sat 24th June – 3rd XI v Ashtead

DULWICH 231 (50.3) beat ASHTEAD 220 (44.4) by 11 runs

Scorecard

The 3rd XI made their way down to Box Hill School to face Ashtead, for a match which dragged on late into the night – so much so that it wouldn’t have been out of place in this week’s round of day night county games.

Having lost the toss Bails' merry men trotted out to bat with Scannell strolling back just a ball later, after falling to a tricky inswinging yorker. Woodgate and Chaudhry then began to rebuild, with Woodgate nudging and nurdling nicely and Chaudhry doing his best Fakhar Zaman impression. He later said he played ‘too defensively’. But it was Guy, who scored the first 6 of the game (and his first for the club), a swift two accompanied by a wild overthrow which raced away for 4.

After Chaudhry fell, it was down to Woodgate and Cason to rebuild the innings and rebuild they did. Running well and putting away the all too common bad ball, they led us past 100. Woodgate then bought up a well-judged 50 before falling for 59. Lollyd then joined Cason in the middle and they continued in the same manner, with Cason moving to his fifty with a 6 that almost cleared the trees. With the runs coming easily and the Ashtead spinners being despatched to all parts of the ground, Lolloydd went for tried to sneak a third which really wasn’t there and was run out after almost lapping the slightly bemused Cason, for a well-constructed 26. Then with no further runs added Carson holed out for a 52 ball 54 leaving us 173-5. Tobin and Bailey added another 30 runs before, Tobin, Bailey, Lester and Day all fell cheaply. A good partnership between Jones and Hope added 20 more useful runs, with its fair share of biffed runs as well as plays-and-misses to get us up to 231. A par score, which could, maybe should, have been better.

After a good lunch, a debate about the millennials obsession with selfies and a brief panic when everyone decided that we didn’t need our phones or wallets anymore and left our valuables bag in the lunch hall, we marched out to defend our total.

Their openers started well, despite some good bowling, as the fast outfield rewarded good shots and streaky edges alike. Then Jones deviated for the first time from his persistent line and length and dropped it short and wide, the ball was duly leathered towards the boundary heading for at least a one bounce four, if it were not for a fine instinctive catch by Tobin, leaping in the air at point. The other opener followed shortly after, with Lester taking a sharp catch at slip of Lloolloyd to proudly restore his 50% slip catching success rate for this season. This bought their captain to the crease to join the number 3. Together they built a good partnership – although the innings from the number three had more misses than Tiger Woods at his prime. However, somehow the partnership flourished and changes in bowling to Hope and Day, despite inducing yet more wafts and frustration, did not bring the break through. So captain Bails decided to change the pace and brought Lester into the attack fresh from his dismantling of Sunbury’s batting line up last week and it didn’t take too long to make another important breakthrough. After removing the number 3 for 42, Lester and Tobin started to build the pressure and a complete lapse of brain function from their number five lead to Bailey’s easiest stumping of his career and another wicket for Lester. As the pressure continued to rack up and their batsmen becoming increasingly frustrated, they tried to sneak a single to bullet-armed Cason resulting in an easy run out. This put us in a solid position, Ashtead were 139-5 and when Lester claimed his 3rd wicket, the crucial scalp of the captain with a double bounce half tracker driven back for another smart catch, our confidence grew even more. However, a few loose overs and some big sixes left the outcome far from certain so Bailey turned back to his strike bowlers Jones and Lllooyyyoooddd to try and break the resistance. It worked. Llllooyyyoooooddd removed the dangerous number 8 for a beefy 45, and the number 7 shortly after. And with the light fading, a huge appeal for a caught behind from their last recognised batsman, gave Jones his second. We were one wicket away and a few overs later in the ever darkening gloom we had our deserved win, Llllooooyyyooooddd splattering the stumps to claim his fourth.  

So we wrapped up a 11 run to stay ahead of Ashtead and keep the pressure up on the top four.

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