Vi­tal win en­cour­ages skip­per

Ash­ford Town

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Ash­ford Town skip­per Sam Ken­nett is eye­ing a mid-ta­ble fin­ish this sea­son af­ter a morale­boost­ing seven-wicket win over fel­low Shep­herd Neame Kent League Di­vi­sion 3 strug­glers at Sta­cians Park.

Opener Luke Reeves re­turned from hol­i­day to hit an un­beaten 80, shar­ing a match-win­ning third wicket stand with Jor­dan ReedAsh­ton, be­fore the lat­ter was out one short of his half cen­tury.

Town reached 171-3 to record only their sec­ond win of the sea­son and claim 20 cru­cial points, swop­ping places with their lo­cal ri­vals at the bot­tom.

Ear­lier, Ash­ford’s Ash­ley Cook de­railed Hythe’s good start with a de­ci­sive sec­ond spell, fin­ish­ing with 5-39 as the vis­i­tors slipped from 100-1 to 168 all out.

Ken­nett ad­mit­ted: “It was an­other must-win game for us be­cause had we lost, we could have been down al­ready. We have played pretty well this sea­son but have lost some close matches.

“Hope­fully, we can push on and move up the ta­ble but we have got a tough one at lead­ers Non­ing­ton on Satur­day.”

He added: “Luke was in bril­liant form again, bat­ting in pretty con­trolled fash­ion, noth­ing ex­trav­a­gant, pun­ish­ing the bad ball.

“He and Jor­dan, who also did well, scored at three and four an over.

“Ash­ley came back and got Christopher Slee thanks to a great catch at mid-off by Dar­ren Wood, and then Steve Tan­ner pulled off a fan­tas­tic one-handed ef­fort at mid-on – one of the best I have seen all sea­son.”

Hythe’s Sam But­ler hit 42 of the first 55, while Slee went for 22. Matthew Richard­son and Tim Pi­chowski (33) both then fell with the score at 111.

Skip­per An­drew Mau­rice watched wick­ets fall at the other end, Hythe los­ing five for the ad­di­tion of only 17 runs.

With Mau­rice last man out for 32, Hythe were dis­missed for 168 in the 49th over.

Open­ers An­drew Har­court (48) and Neil Tegg (38) top scored as Ash­ford 2nds won by two wick­ets against RACS at New Eltham in Di­vi­sion 5.

Jonah Diedrick (4-30) and Chris Se­nior (3-21) starred with the ball as RACS made 166 in a match which pro­duced a com­bined ex­tras to­tal of 68 – 42 of them wides.

Pic­ture: Wayne Mccabe FM2669050

WICKET TO WICKET: Ash­ford’s Mo Raza sends a de­liv­ery down dur­ing his wick­et­less open­ing spell against Hythe

Pic­ture: Wayne Mccabe FM2669001

CUT­TING LOOSE: Hythe opener Tim Pi­chowski on his way to 33 against Ash­ford

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