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Dorking held to draw as rain ruins exciting finish.

By Toby Blood

Erasmus 100 and Kelsey 4 fer in thrilling battle.

Having returned to the top of the table following their victory over Bank of England, Dorking welcomed Sanderstead to Pixham Lane. The away side won the toss and elected to field first. The decision to bowl looked a good one with Dorking being reduced to 39-3 following the wickets of Kelsey (2),Johnson (16) and Thurgood (1). Dorking recovered with the ever dependable Erasmus at the crease alongside the man in form Rogers. Both batsman were solid in defence and capitalised on anything loose from the bowlers. Unfortunately, Rogers fell for a well made 27 just before drinks LBW to the left arm spinner Taylor. Erasmus, joined by Kenway at the crease reached another faultless half-century, but it was the youngster Kenway who played the more aggressive role. Charlie struck 7 boundary 4s and 4 6s in his entertaining innings of 64 from 60 balls, before he was dismissed by Jackson. Erasmus and Blood continued the onslaught as Dorking looked to declare in a rain reduced game. That declaration came after 47 overs, following Erasmus smashing a brilliant unbeaten century at just under a run a ball. Dorking finished on 233-5 from 47 overs.

With rain reducing further overs, Sanderstead were left 41 overs in which to chase down the victory total. The away side started ultra aggressively and reached 70 without loss after 7 overs. Shareef Hassan reaching a brilliant 50 from 23 balls. Corbett returned to remove Shareef caught on the deep square leg boundary by Thurgood and this was followed by the wicket of Ward. Fellow opener Owen was dismissed by off spinner Kelsey caught by Thurgood again and the game was back in the balance. Kelsey continued to cause lots of trouble for Sanderstead and followed up the wicket of Owen with 3 more. Kelsey removed Branch, Zadran and Ranger all LBW. Fellow spinner Edward chipped in with another wicket, this time caught at long on. Unfortunately, the rain returned with the game in the balance at 153-7. The game finished as a draw with Dorking taking 8 points and Sanderstead 6. The result leaves Dorking top of table heading into week 7.

Updated 20:37 - 16 Jun 2019 by Toby Blood

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