Lead­ers given scare by Town

Ash­ford Town

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A fifth-wicket stand of 92 be­tween home pair Ke­iron Bur­rett and Daniel Birch dashed Ash­ford Town’s hopes of up­set­ting the Shep­herd Neame Di­vi­sion 3 form­book at lead­ers Non­ing­ton on Satur­day.

Mohsin Raza and Peter Shields shared the first four wick­ets to fall as the home side stum­bled to 43-4, chas­ing a tar­get of 178 but Bur­rett (65) and wick­et­keeper Birch (57 not out) changed the course of the game, eas­ing the hosts home on 177-6.

Town’s five bonus points did at least keep them ahead of bot­tom side Hythe by the same mar­gin.

Town skip­per Sam Ken­nett said: “We were prob­a­bly 50 short with the bat – 220 would prob­a­bly have been a de­cent score on a good pitch. Luke Reeves and Si­mon Tay­lor both got good start but we needed one of those to go on if we were go­ing to get a big score.

“Mohsin got his first wick­ets of the sea­son – he has bowled well in four games since com­ing back from univer­sity, with­out any luck

“All four wick­ets came in six overs, we knew then we had a chance but needed a cou­ple of more.

“Bur­rett was the man we needed out but he and Birch played well.”

The Non­ing­ton pair moved the score to 135 be­fore the stand was bro­ken and al­though Raza re­turned to re­move Josh Tut­ton ( 15), with the to­tal at 169, Birch saw the job through, in­side 45 overs.

Raza fin­ished with 3-51 in 9.4 overs, while Shields took 2-29 in eight.

Town’s in­nings of 175 was built around Dar­ren Bai­ley’s 52, the in­nings fad­ing af­ter a promis­ing start, af­ter skip­per Sam Ken­nett had won the toss.

Open­ers Reeves ( 33) and Tay­lor (26) put on 54 for the first wicket but the mid­dle and late or­der strug­gled against Josh Tut­ton, who fin­ished with 5-47.

Ash­ford 2nds went down by six wick­ets against Non­ing­ton at Sta­cians Park. ON ITS WAY: Mer­sham’s Matt Eal­ham puts plenty of ef­fort into this de­liv­ery against Ken­ning­ton’s Ian Hughes dur­ing their Kent Re­gional League clash

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