Stal­wart steps down


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

BEARSTED and Tyler Hill were elected to Divi­sion 7 of the Shep­herd Neame Kent Vil­lage League at the an­nual meet­ing.

They have re­placed Monk­ton and Chislet who with­drew.

The meet­ing saw the re­tire­ment of league stal­wart John Collins who has given 35 years ser­vice to the com­pe­ti­tion.

Collins has stepped down as trea­surer af­ter 27 years and match sec­re­tary where he has served for 29 years.

He said: “It’s been a lot of fun but I feel now is the right time to stand down. The league is in ex­cel­lent shape and has an ex­cel­lent man­age­ment comit­tee run­ning it.”

Collins’s deputy David Jack­son from Ash­ford steps up to take on the man­tle of match sec­re­tary.

An­other Ash­ford stal­wart Gra­ham Brown from Great Chart suceeded John as trea­surer. Barry Lean­ing is the new so­cial sec­re­tary.

The league held their end of sea­son awards night at Home­lands last week and it was a storm­ing year for Brook, who fin­ished un­beaten to earn the Divi­sion 2 ti­tle with Smar­den edg­ing out Brook­land on run-rate for the other pro­mo­tion slot.

Bethers­den were in com­mand­ing form tak­ing the top tro­phy with just one de­feat in their 11 matches.

Street End topped Divi­sion 3 with the only other un­beaten record with Sel­sted also mov­ing up to Divi­sion 2.

Hawkinge and cham­pi­ons Ex­iles at Bridge went up from Divi­sion 4 while Harvel and Leeds and Broom­field topped the stand­ings in Divi­sion 5.

Wing­ham 2nds were the un­lucky side in tight three-way bat­tle in Divi­sion 6 with Town Malling and Meopham go­ing up while in Divi­sion 7, El­ham Val­ley and Mer­sham were out­stand­ing to take the pro­mo­tion slots.

Young player of year went to Don­ald Carter (Ex­iles at Bridge), while Gra­ham Brown (Great Chart) won the Chair­man’s Award and the Pauline Cane Award went posthu­mously to for­mer Ald­ing­ton sec­re­tary, scorer and league cor­re­spon­dent Kath Wanstall, who died dur­ing the sea­son.

Pic­tures: Gary Browne pd1500890

Divi­sion 1 cham­pi­ons Bethers­den


El­ham Val­ley’s Ben Bam­bridge with the Divi­sion 7 cham­pi­onship tro­phy

Brook cap­tain Mark Burch, with the Divi­sion 2 tro­phy

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