Spared record low by last-wicket pair


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

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.

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