Westfield prove no match for DCC VCL1s
Dorking won the toss on Sunday against the newly promoted Westfield and elected to bat. With a young team the skipper sent Charlie Kenway and Freddie Edwards out to open. Both started slowly due to the nature of the pitch, but after 10 overs 34 runs were amassed and a good partnership was beginning to form. 10 overs later and the two openers were still there, the partnership now at 80. Exactly the start we had wanted from the opening pair. However, once Trev was trapped LBW for 32 and Freddie went to a good catch on 37, we found ourselves in a slightly more precarious position. Wilbur then went LBW for 1 and young Daniel fell without troubling the scorers, the score swung back in Westfields favour, now at 86-4. New member Andrew Walker managed to steady the ship slightly with his knock of 14. Charlie Edwards chipped one up to mid-wicket for 1 and soon after the same happened to Andrew. The skipper got one that shot along the floor to be dismissed for 3 and Henry (another colt coming though) missed a straight one. Leaving the score on 109-8 and Dorking in trouble. Some good hitting and nicely timed shots from young Travis Blood in his 28, along with Will Phillips (12) helped Dorking get up to a score that gave us hope of pulling off a result. George Edwards having his first bat of the year held his bat well and finished unbeaten. Dorking finishing on 148 off 43 overs.
After a decent Ali Pav tea and a team talk from the skipper the boys were ready to go. We knew we needed early wickets and that's exactly what we got. With George and Travis opening up we knew that things could happen. Travis (1-37 off 7) had their skipper caught by Phillips and with George contributing at the other end by having the other opener caught by the same person. This brought K.Khan to the crease aka Hazard. He looked to steady the ship and managed to hold his bat well for a while. With the score at 33-2 we knew we needed more wickets soon if we had a chance of winning. That's exactly what we got. George snicking off their number 4, who kindly walked after their umpire didn't give it, and then bowled their number 5 to finish with figures of 3-30 off his 5. With the score very quickly jumping up to 80-4. However, with the skipper bowling from one end and Charlie Edwards from the other we knew that we were still in the game. Two quick wickets from the skipper, the first courtesy of a great catch from George (his good day continuing) meant that the score was 80-6. We were back in it.
Charlie (2-19 off 3) then had Khan trapped LBW, which he was not best pleased about, the game was there for the taking. Charlie then bowled their 'keeper for 0 with Ridler bowling the other set batsman to finish with figures of 3-18 off 5. Some lower order hitting reminding us that we had to keep the intensity high all the way to the finish. Freddie, having already had a good day with the bat, needed only 4 balls to dismiss their big-hitter and win the game for Dorking.
A great result for such a young team to knock off supposedly one of the stronger teams in the league. Just a paramount to where the club is heading. A quick special mention to the way that everyone fielded in the team, the intensity always being high right the way until the end.
The result puts us second behind Abinger but with slightly easier games to come there is no reason we can't make up that ground. VCL 1's now take a week off for the Surrey Trust. Any support more than welcome down at The Lane next Sunday.