Town chase derby win
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.ashfordcricketclub.com - 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.”