Rowe leaves rivals reeling
DECISIVE SPELL: SIBTON MAN TAKES FIRST FIVE WICKETS TO FALL AS ASHFORD SUFFER LOSING START
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.
Ashford’s Mohsin Raza gave the visitors an early breakthrough on Saturday, when he bowled Sibton opener Jamie Keeler for a duck