Bethersden triumph in low-scoring final
BETHERSDEN were crowned Ashford and District 6-a-side League champions on Sunday after beating Mersham by four wickets in a low-scoring final. Tim Curteis’ 3-4 and Alastair Neale’s 2-20 reduced Mersham to 54 all out inside eight overs. In reply, Bethersden took 7.5 overs to knock up the winning runs, led by Tom Ripley on 23 not out. Earlier in the day, Ripley again starred with the bat as Bethersden won their semi-final against Challock by 39 runs. His score of 29 helped Bethersden reach 93 all out before Rob Featherstone took 3-5 as Challock were dismissed for 54. Gary Sutton (25no) and Stuart Willmer (30no) hit important runs for Mersham in their semi-final against Ashford 1. Shannon Fattore (38no) and Darren Bailey (20) helped Ashford post a reasonable score of 100-4 but Mersham made light work of the chase for the loss of three wickets.
STUART GRAHAM struck 72 to rescue Folkestone from defeat against New Romney and maintain their unbeaten record in the KCB Six-a-side League. Folkestone were looking in trouble after opening with the bat and struggling to 31-4. But Graham’s arrival, together with Anthony Stanley’s 26, turned the game in their favour. New Romney, in reply, didn’t put up much of a resistance as they quickly subsided to 21 all out with Michael James taking 2-5 and Nick Graham 2-3. This week’s games were the last before the Christmas break and Mersham-leHatch also tasted victory after beating Hythe Green. Green batted first and finished on 77 all out, with only Steve Cave (25) shining with the bat. Jordan Godden took 2-20. In reply, Hatch reached their target in the ninth over with 26 from Jeremy Godden and 20 from Dave Hatton. Two other unbeaten sides, Sibton Park and Eltham Valley, came face to face with each other. Sibton Park batted first and against some tight bowling were restricted to 33-3 before a stand between Steve Hobbs (33) and Steve Hickmott (38) saw them to 92-5. Eltham struggled against Sam Newman and Dave Stewart, scoring only 23 off the first six overs and losing three wickets. Danny Baker made a valiant effort to win the game but was out with Elham requiring eight more runs off eight balls after scoring 53.