Bethers­den tri­umph in low-scor­ing fi­nal

In­door cricket

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

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.

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