The Ashes have been played between Somerset College and Parel Vallei since 1999. College have dominated the game for the last 14 years.
After a difficult season, the College 1st team was up for the challenge posted by PV.
Sam Henderson won the toss and decided to bowl. PV batsmen got starts but none of them could keep going with some accurate bowling, good catching and ground fielding from the College players. PV were bowled out for 106 with Raggett, Henderson and Dave taking two wickets each and Madhombiro taking three wickets.
College made a solid start but lost two quick wickets before the end of play on Day 1.
Day 2 started well for College with Whaits and Henderson batting through the first session to put College into a strong position. Whaits 43, Henderson 56 and Madhombiro with 50 took College to a respectable first innings lead after Raggett and Venter had put on 44 for the last wicket. College scored 252 all out.
PV needing 146 to make College bat again, were immediately under pressure with an excellent accurate opening spell of bowling from Henderson and Ransom. With PV losing 3 early wickets the writing was on the wall. Madhombiro then took charge and bowled an excellent spell of off-spin taking 5 wickets for 9 runs in 7 overs. PV were bowled out for 91.
Somerset College won the “Ashes” for the 15th year in a row by an innings and 55 runs.
Sadly the elation of the 1st Team victory was dampened by the other three teams losing their matches quite convincingly.