Sunday 1s held to a painful draw after Chadwick's homecoming ton.
By Frederick Edwards
Dorking's VCL 1st XI were robbed of their first win of the season by a determined Westcott team at the Lane.
Yet again Dorking won the toss and decided to bat in their second game in a row at Pixham Lane with openers F. Chadwick and G.Cox wasting no time to take the attack to the Westcott bowlers. The pair put on 144 before Cox (65) was bowled by Binyon however this did not stop Chadwick who pressed on to make a an imperious 123 batting through the vast majority of Dorking's 38 over innings. Contributions from R.Howlett (16), Halliday (24), Walker (22no) and Cooper (4no) brought Dorking's final score to 266-4.
After a well deserved tea break Westcott faced a mammoth task of batting out 47 overs on a deteriorating wicket however any ideas Dorking had of them blocking out for the draw were soon diminished as the top 3 batsmen (A. Prickering, R.Green and D. Fitzgerald) came out firing giving their team an ideal start well on track with the run rate of over 5.5 rpo. Nevertheless the determined Dorking bowlers fought back with skipper F.Edwards and side seniors J.Homewood (4 wickets ) and C.Homewood bearing the brunt of the bowling 10 overs each while Halliday, Pike and Chadwick also chipped in with a wicket a piece.
The regular fall of wickets broke the remaining resistance forcing Westcott to try to cling on for a draw 9 down and with 2 overs left to go. Dorking continued to toil away with Man of the match Chadwick pushing on to try to take the final wicket in the last over of the game with drama going right down to the last ball as the number 11 bat provided Dorking with a edge towards the slips cordon but it was perfectly placed between the two slips fielders giving his team a well deserved draw ending on 170-9.
While it was a well deserved result for Westcott, Dorking couldn't help to feel disappointed following the events of the last ball after such a good performance from all the members of the team.
Dorking CC - VCL 1st XI won the toss and elected to bat