Spared record low by last-wicket pair
Tenterden were dismissed for only 39 on their way to a 10-wicket Shepherd Neame Kent League, Division 1 home defeat by Canterbury on Saturday. Skipper Andrew Crawford won the toss and batted but saw his side reduced to 10-6 and 18-9 putting them on course for the record lowest score in Kent League history – 21 by Harvel against Blackheath three years ago. However, last pair Scott Freeman and Tim Curteis prolongued the innings, adding 21 for the final wicket, as the home side avoided re-writing the record books, finishing four better than Premier Division bottom-side Whitstable at Sevenoaks Vine on Saturday. Canterbury’s Justin McVicar ripped through the Tenterden top order, on his way to 6-21 in eight overs, supported by 3-8 by Ryan Minter. The visitors then polished off the runs inside nine overs, boosting their chances of a swift return to the Premier Division. Crawford admitted: “It’s the lowest total in a game I have been involved in during 10 years at the club. It was pretty awful and disappointing. “We are going through one of those trots when everything goes to hand. It was a typical good Morghew Park wicket, Canterbury bowled well but not that well for us to be out so cheaply. We have to try and learn from it and hope it’s not going to happen again. Chris Vernon was first out at 7-1 in the seventh over. Fellow opener Crawford went at the same score –the first victim for Macvicar who then picked up Daniel McDonald and Tyler Griffin for ducks to make
‘It was pretty awful and really disappointing... we have to try and
learn from it’
Tenterden 9-4. Timir Chanda and Ali Neale went in successive balls making it 10-6 but Macvicar missed out on his hat-trick, courtesy of a dropped catch at point. Ben Price and Edmund Collins both fell with total at 16, Charlie Munton went two runs later, before Freeman hit 13 at the end. Canterbury openers Don McLauchlan (29 not out) and James Lilley (10 not out) suffered no such alarms, getting home in eight and half overs, the match completed in around three hours.
Skipper Tim Russell (74) and an unbeaten 62 by Simon Berry, batted Tenterden 2nds to a seven wicket Premier Division win at Bickley Park. Ben Daking took 4-43 in the home side’s 187-7.