It was a murky and cooler day as Dorking welcomed Kingstonian to Pixham Lane. It was the final timed game of the season and Dorking knew a win was essential. The away side won the toss and elected to bowl first and had some early success with opener Rogers clean bowled for 8. Kenway and Erasmus re-built the innings and took the score to 65 before Kenway was caught and bowled in the thirtees. It was a good innings from the 18 year old, striking 7 boundaries along the way. Erasmus was joined by Douthwaite and both looked to be positive on anything loose. Erasmus reached another chanceless 50 and with both well set Dorking were in command. Douthwaite went for 39 caught at slip but had put on a considerable amount with the imperious Erasmus. Homewood continued to build a partnership with the ball starting to spin considerably. It was a tough wicket and with the lack of pace in it, scoring was difficult. Homewood was run out for 23, with Myers (14) and Lister (4) following soon after. Erasmus reached a wonderful 100 with a 6 down the ground and looked to up the anti with minimal overs remaining. A cluster of wickets fell including Erasmus (108) as Dorking were bowled out for 246 in the 51st over.
Kingstonian started well and despite losing opener Nasir for 4, they were strongly placed at 76-1 at drinks. Following the break, Dorking struck a triple blow with Myers, Edwards and Corbett adding to their wicket column. It was Corbett who changed the momentum of the game with a fiery and aggressive spell of left arm bowling. Ahmed and Khalid rebuilt for the away side and with the number 3 reaching 50, the game was well and truly in the balance. The game changing moment was when on 89, Ahmed was run out by a superb bit of a fielding by Tom Lister. Douthwaite returned to the attack and struck 3 times in a short space of time to leave Dorking on the brink of victory. The final wicket game when Erasmus enduced an edge into the safe hands of Douthwaite and Dorking had bowled Kingstonian out for 190 to claim 24 crucial points. 6 points separate the top 3 teams with 5 games to go.
Updated 15:00 - 29 Jul 2018 by Toby Blood