Dorking headed to Guildford for their final group game knowing a win would secure top spot and a place in the Surrey Trust Play Offs. It was all to play for!! Despite some of the boys turning up late, due to yet again questionable Subway choices, Dorking won the toss and elected to bat. The side was being skippered by Scott Kelsey in the absence of Chris Ward. Armed with a inspirational speech, DCC opened up with Barney Davies and Charlie Kenway. The runs were flowing from the off especially with Eddie the Extras doing very well up top. Kenway nicked off for 6 however and Barney for 9 leaving Dorking in a bit of a whole. Charlie Edwards (Twin) took to crease and with his grounding being confirmed by Gary, he knew he had to perform. 21 runs was on the scoreboard for Charlie when he himself had his off stump knocked back by the impressive McMillan. Blood and Ridler continued to attack with the latter hitting a superb pull shot to the boundary. Ridler was also bowled by McMillan though and Dorking were 80-4 and the game in the balance. Blood and Kelsey played the only way they know with boundaries flowing regularly with one over going for 21. Kelsey as stylish as ever played fluently through the off side but went just before the drinks break, deceived by a slower to depart with the score on 131. Dorking then had a huge collapse! Blood went for 40, Will for 0, George for 0 and Shrives with his white pads also falling for a duck. Dorking were suddenly 140-9 and in serious trouble. Enter Junior Blood and Fownes-Walpole. The pair batted superbly well with both hitting boundaries every so often to keep the scoreboard moving. It was a partnership of real maturity. The pair enabled Dorking to move onto 188 when the final wicket fell.
After a lengthy rain delay, the revised total meant Guildford required 162 off 36. Dorking knew they had to bowl well. The innings got off to a perfect start with Travis fresh off his superb innings, nicking off the talented Guildford opener into the safe hands of Kelsey. The opening pair of Ridler and Blood set the tone with Ridler also picking up an early wicket. Alex Sweet was still at the crease and with him their Guildford had a chance. Kelsey went to spin and it paid dividends. Both himself and Charlie took the game away from Guildford with stylish spells from the pair. Charlie finished 3 wickets and Kelsey with 4. It was left to the evergreen Shrives to settle the nerves after a last wicket partnership got Guildford close and DCC had won by 32 runs. A superb game! Well done to Will Edwards for his faultless keeping display including 3 catches and 3 stumpings .Dorking win the group having won each of their 6 games and move onto the play offs! Keep it going lads!!
Updated 08:53 - 10 May 2018 by Toby Blood