Ashtead 40 AO
by Simon Vicos
The big games are coming thick and fast now as we play all the top sides starting with Ashtead who pipped us for the Division 3 Title last season and were fourth in the table going into this game.
Another toss won and Ashtead batted first. The returning Dikko and Glenn opened the bowling. With only 1 on the board Ashtead lost their first wicket as Glenn broke through, trapping their opener leg before. This brought to the wicket the much publicised Carl Anderson who after a truckload of runs and wickets so far would seem to be doing more to keep Ashtead in the title race than most. Having barely faced a dozen balls Dikko bowled him a peach that nipped back and clean bowled Anderson for a duck. Next up was Ashtead skipper Andy King, he had scratched a single before Glenn found the edge of his bat with one that lifted, the ball found the bucket hands of Morlers at slip, cue wild celebrations and a bit of Gay Spiderman at the crease, Ashtead were in big trouble on 7 for 3.
You would have thought we may have relaxed thinking the hard work had been done but we tore into them and simply blew their top order away. Dikko grabbed two more wickets and Ashtead were 17 for 5.
In a bid to break their biggest partnership of the day (12) Walshy then made an inspired double change and bought Curtley and Mark Surridge into the attack. Curtley soon struck, clean bowling another victim. Mark joined in and took his first wicket of the day, also clean bowled. There was no resistance from the tail and Mark and Curtley tidied it all up to leave Ashtead on a rather embarrassing 40 all out, with Mr Extras top scoring with 15. Three for Dikko and Mark, two for Glenn and Curtley and the clubs leading wicket taker was not required to bowl a single ball. Ashtead will rightly look at their batting display but we did our job with clinical efficiency.
A superb effort in the field, the attitude was spot on and to bowl Ashtead out so cheaply was testimony to the quality of bowling we possess. Not only that but we ran down every ball to keep the pressure on.
So, no time for tea then !, a quick change round and Toby Green and Dikko went out to see if there were any demons in the pitch. Ashtead opened up with Anderson and King , the way their bowling was smoked to all parts of the ground soon showed the track was fine and we romped home in double quick time to win by 10 wickets to complete the most comprehensive win you’ll ever see.
So, 4pm and we went back to the club to open the bar and make some headway into the Hasselhoff-Rhino Puss Ratings. We soon got stuck in (Especially Toby and Dikko) and the celebratory mood in the camp was no doubt aided by many House Doubles. Walshy even invented a new drink, all three Aftershocks one after the other, shall we call it “A Traffic light” ??, £6.60 worth of drinking insanity !!.
We’ve not drunk or sung so much for ages, my arm hurts from ringing the bell, and I left the club in more pieces than a jigsaw.
Just remember that, “Win Draw or Lose, we’ll be pissed up on booze, we’re the famous bulldogs and you know”