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