Rowe leaves ri­vals reel­ing

DE­CI­SIVE SPELL: SIBTON MAN TAKES FIRST FIVE WICK­ETS TO FALL AS ASH­FORD SUF­FER LOS­ING START

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STEVEN ROWE pro­duced a de­struc­tive five-wicket spell as Sibton Park launched their Shep­herd Neame Kent Cricket League Di­vi­sion 1 cam­paign with a 123-run suc­cess over Ash­ford on Satur­day.

Chas­ing the home to­tal of 214-7, the vis­i­tors were dis­missed for just 91 with Rowe re­turn­ing 5-17 in 12 overs.

Af­ter win­ning the toss, Sibton lost opener Jamie Keeler for a duck but Andy Allon (80) and Aussie Tim Bishop (60) shared a sec­ond-wicket stand of 116.

Both men even­tu­ally fell to leg-spin­ner Craig Buck­ham, who also claimed the other four wick­ets to fall to fin­ish with ex­cel­lent fig­ures of 6-48.

Ash­ford reached 20 with­out loss in re­ply but then Rowe struck, tak­ing the first five wick­ets to fall in­clud­ing Ash­ford skip­per Liam Tegg for 21 and Luke Reeves and Kyle McAlis­ter for ducks.

From 31-5, Ash­ford were al­ways strug­gling and de­spite an eighth-wicket stand of 37 be­tween Sam Ken­nett (27) and Raza, they were all out in 37 overs. Gareth Meers claimed 2-12 from five overs and Sam New­man 2-30 in 8.2 overs.

A de­fi­ant un­beaten 61 from wick­et­keeper Stu­art Gra­ham helped Folke­stone avoid de­feat in their Di­vi­sion 1 opener against Can­ter­bury, who amassed 300-3.

Gra­ham came to the crease with Folke­stone on 39-3 and was still there when stumps were drawn at 151-9 hav­ing faced 136 de­liv­er­ies. He re­ceived ad­mirable sup­port from last man Dan Matcham, who joined him at 124-9 and faced 23 balls for his un­beaten two.

Can­ter­bury open­ers Neil Kim­ber­ley (115) and Stu­art Drake­ley (87) had ear­lier shared a stand of 204, with Hi­man­shu Wain­gankar (3-60 in 15 overs) the only Folke­stone bowler to en­joy any suc­cess.

Ten­ter­den launched their Di­vi­sion 2 cam­paign with a com­fort­able six-wicket suc­cess against Hayes. Good early spells from James Rand (3-33) and Ben Dak­ing (2-37) re­duced Hayes to 27-5 and then, af­ter a stand of 71 be­twen Joel Couldrey (54) and Jamie Askew (54), Timir Chanda (5-35) took the last five wick­ets as the vis­i­tors were dis­missed for 147.

Ten­ter­den eased to their tar­get in 31.2 overs, led by Tim Curteis (35) and Chanda, who com­pleted an ex­cel­lent all- round per­for­mance with an un­de­feated 87.

Richard Wil­liams re­turned out­stand­ing fig­ures of 8-37 as Ten­ter­den 2nds swept to an seven-wicket win over Ash­ford 2nds.

Wil­liams had good sup­port from Nick Hall (2-27) as Ash­ford were dis­missed for 106 and he then weighed in with 44 as Ten­ter­den got home in 31.1 overs.

Pic­ture: Ken Matcham

Ash­ford’s Mohsin Raza gave the vis­i­tors an early break­through on Satur­day, when he bowled Sibton opener Jamie Keeler for a duck

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