Sibton suf­fer nar­row de­feat


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SIBTON PARK lost their first match of the sea­son in Shep­herd Neame Kent League Di­vi­sion 1 on Satur­day – but it could have eas­ily been very dif­fer­ent.

Park went down by one wicket at Lyminge against Black­heath, who moved above them into sec­ond place.

But it was a desperately close-run af­fair as Black­heath, chas­ing a mod­est to­tal of 155-9, lost wick­ets reg­u­larly and still needed seven to win when their No.11 came to the crease.

Their last pair, how­ever, man­aged to scram­ble the re­quired runs and Park were left to re­gret not mak­ing a big­ger to­tal bat­ting first, when Ben Allon top scored with 41.

Hythe are prop­ping up the ta­ble af­ter slip­ping to their third de­feat in three games, a 60-run re­verse against Beck­en­ham at The Grove.

Home skip­per Daniel Patch­ing de­cided to field and then had to watch as Chris Isles, with 107, and Ol­lie Waite (64) car­ried Beck­en­ham to 228-7.

Hythe suf­fered a mid­dle-or­der col­lapse and were grate­ful to an un­beaten half-cen­tury from An­drew Mau­rice but they were bowled out for 168.

Ash­ford skip­per Liam Tegg scored a cen­tury for his side in their win­ning draw with Can­ter­bury at Sta­cians Park.

Tegg (109) fea­tured in a big open­ing stand with Simon Tay­lor (59) as Ash­ford made 254-7 but they were un­able to press home their ad­van­tage as Can­ter­bury hung on for a draw on 163-7 (Craig Buck­ham 4-31).

An­other cen­tury-maker was Folke­stone opener Stu­art Gra­ham who hit 113 in a win­ning draw at Harvel. Joshua Bryen (60) and Hi­man­shu Wain­gankar (54) also played their part as Folke­stone piled up 296-4 and Wain­gankar then took 6-33 but Harvel hung on for a draw at 220-8.

Ten­ter­den re­main top of Di­vi­sion 3 de­spite be­ing held to a win­ning draw by Broad­stairs.

Bat­ting first, Ten­ter­den slid to 50-5 but were saved by a sixth- wicket stand of 77 be­tween Steve Berry (43) and Paul Brann (34) as they re­cov­ered to 218-9.

Mark Baker and Timir Chanda claimed three wick­ets apiece as Broad­stairs replied with 185-8.

Jamie Keeler fin­ished two runs short of an un­beaten cen­tury for Sibton Park 2nds in their win­ning draw at Hart­ley 2nds in Di­vi­sion 1.

With Ben Car­berry chip­ping in with 72, Sibton Park made 255-5 and they looked poised for vic­tory af­ter re­duc­ing Hart­ley to 107-7. But they were frus­trated by an un­bro­ken eight-wicket stand of 64 be­tween Neil Poo­ley (38 not out) and Rhys Mor­gan (28 not out). Ste­wart Mur­rell claimed 3-40.

Ten­ter­den 2nds were torn apart by a stun­ning spell of bowl­ing from Iftikhar Ahmed as they slid to a 98-run de­feat against Black­heath 4ths.

Chas­ing 248-7, they were dis­missed for 150 af­ter Ahmed took 8-8 in 6.2 overs and their to­tal would have been ap­pre­cia­bly lower but for an 48 not out by Stu­art Saun­ders.

A su­perb 118 by opener Bob Phillips earned Hythe 2nds a last-ball win at Brom­ley Com­mon 2nds.

Hythe chased down a Brom­ley tar­get of 269-7 on an ex­cel­lent bat­ting wicket, with Phillips the main­stay of their re­ply.

Brom­ley’s Alan Lewis also cracked a cen­tury, reach­ing 106 be­fore be­com­ing the last of spin­ner Ste­fan Pi­chowski’s five wick­ets.

Un­daunted by the chal­lenge, skip­per Phil Hoy­land (42) and Phillips gave Hythe the best pos­si­ble start by post­ing 108 for the first wicket. With Hythe need­ing two runs to win off the last ball and two 17-year-olds at the wicket, they scram­bled home.

Ash­ford 2nds are bot­tom of Di­vi­sion 2 af­ter suf­fer­ing their third de­feat in three games, an eight-wicket re­verse against Gravesend 2nds.

Opener Neil Tegg top scored for Ash­ford with 49 in their to­tal of 192-2, which Gravesend passed with 11.2 overs to spare.

Ryan Vaughan gave Folke­stone 2nds a mas­sive boost against Old Colfeians 2nd. Vaughan smashed 95 as Folke­stone fin­ished on 269-5 and Olf Colfeians then replied with 240-4 as Folke­stone earned a win­ning draw.

WILLES­BOR­OUGH scored their third win in a row in Kent Re­gional League 1B Cen­tral with a seven-wicket suc­cess over Gore Court.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1710800

Hythe bowler Dan Patch­ing causes prob­lems for a Beck­en­ham bats­man dur­ing Satur­day’s Kent League, Di­vi­sion 1 match

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