Town chase derby win

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SPORT -

ASH­FORD Cricket Club’s Kent League teams will pay a yel­low rib­bon trib­ute this week­end as a show of sol­i­dar­ity sup­port the hunt for miss­ing child Madeleine McCann.

The first team will pin rib­bons on their shirt sleeves at their away fix­ture at Old Sta­cians, and the sec­ond team will be sim­i­larly at­tired for their match against Old Wil­so­ni­ans, at Ball Lane, Ken­ning­ton.

The play­ers have de­cided to sup­port the in­ter­na­tional hunt for miss­ing Madeleine in an ef­fort to keep the pub­lic­ity in the pub­lic do­main.

Ash­ford’s cricket man­ager Ju­lian Day said: “The play­ers, some with young chil­dren of their own, sim­ply wanted to make a ges­ture of sup­port for the mas­sive in­ter­na­tional ef­fort be­ing made to find Madeleine.”

The Town club have made a su­perb start in their drive for pro­mo­tion this sea­son with three straight Kent League wins to top the Di­vi­sion 3 ta­ble by seven points from Holmes­dale.

The games with lo­cal ri­vals Old Sta­cians are al­ways keenly con­tested and Satur­day is sure to pro­duce an­other hot con­test — weather per­mit­ting, with change­able con­di­tions pre­dicted for the week­end.

And in a great early drive by Ash­ford the sec­ond team are also still un­beaten challing the top two in third in their di­vi­sion.

ASH­FORD Cricket Club launched their new web­site of­fi­cially be­fore their Kent League match against Gravesend last Satur­day.

Andrew Laney, the web­site de­vel­oper, was guest of hon­our for the day as Ash­ford’s first team main­tained their suc­cess­ful start to the league sea­son with a third straight vic­tory.

The new interactive site - ww w.ash­ford­crick­et­ - has re­ceived more than 800 hits iand has made as much of an im­pact on the new sea­son as the club’s first and sec­ond teams.

Mr Laney, the web­site de­vel­oper, said: “I am re­ally pleased with the out­come of the club’s de­ci­sion to launch a web­site of which they can be truly proud. Some of it is still in the de­vel­op­ment stage but there is enough in­for­ma­tion for ev­ery­one to en­joy mak­ing a visit.”

Si­mon Tay­lor, Ash­ford’s colts man­ager and wel­fare of­fi­cer, said: “Andy has done a ter­rific job on the web­site. Our mem­bers and spon­sors are de­lighted with it.” The site con­tains the latest club news, squad pen­pic­tures, a mes­sage board that has al­ready sparked some fierce de­bate, con­tact de­tails of club of­fi­cials, de­tails of the ju­nior de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, and in­for­ma­tion on how to join and sup­port the club.

The web­site has even sorted out a mys­tery that has re­mained unan­swered for more than 20 years.

Ash­ford pres­i­dent Bill Day has been anx­ious to dis­cover the iden­tity of an un­known as­sailant who plugged the ex­haust of his car with a whis­tle on one of Ash­ford’s an­nual tours to Worces­ter.

A high-pitched whis­tle shrieked from the back of his car on a par­tic­u­larly har­row­ing jour­ney through the town cen­tre to the team’s tour ho­tel.

The of­fend­ing whis­tle was re­moved from the ex­haust pipe but the per­pe­tra­tor of the crime was never dis­cov­ered un­til now.

This week Mike Day, a longserv­ing mem­ber of the club, now liv­ing in the west coun­try, owned-up by mes­sag­ing the web­site. “Guilty sir” he said.

Bill Day said: “I al­ways had my sus­pi­cions. I’m de­lighted jus­tice has been seen to be done, cour­tesy of the world wide web. Ash­ford Cricket Club are clearly on mes­sage, both on and off the pitch.”

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