Still room for improvement
Tenterden skipper Andrew Crawford hopes win-lose cricket will benefit his side in the second half of the Shepherd Neame Kent League Division 1 season.
The Morghew Park side sit second from bottom at the halfway stage – after only one win in their first nine games – and Crawford admitted: “The season has been disappointing so far, we are nowhere near where we want to be.
“We have been on the right side in two of our last three games and the new format – although new to some of our boys – will benefit and suit us because we have an attacking batting line-up.”
Tenterden bounced back well to finish with a winning draw at Orpington on Saturday.
Shunted out for only 39 against Canterbury the week before, they rediscovered their batting form thanks to 50s by wicketkeeper Ben Price, Chris Vernon and Crawford.
The trio’s efforts help lead Tenterden to 281-9, with Orpington finishing on 187-7 in reply.
Crawford added: “It was a bit frustrating but they shut-up shop with about 15-20 overs to go.
“It was always difficult on an easy-paced pitch which wasn’t doing a huge amount.”
Tenterden made a bad start, losing Charlie Munton without scoring in the second over but Crawford then featured in two important stands, adding 109 for the second wicket with Price and 83 with Vernon for the third.
Price got to 50 in quick time, as he and Crawford took Tenterden past three figures, consistently finding the gaps on the big outfield at Goddington Dene, before Price fell for 76 with the total 110.
Crawford followed for 65 at 192-3 before Vernon (67) completed his half century as Tenterden went past 200.
He and Tyler Griffin (12) both then went at 226 but Timir Chanda stayed to hit an unbeaten 33, as 20 runs came off the final two overs.
Crawford added: “Ben was the star-of-the show, batting aggressively and positively, scoring his runs off about 65 balls.
“It was also good to see Chris Vernon back in the runs. We needed to show a bit of fight and bottle and I wanted to lead from the front.”
Chanda and James Rand claimed both home openers with only 18 on the board – both to catches by Price.
Left arm spinner Tim Curteis picked up skipper Richard De Mel (34) and Fernando (35)but Peter Shaw (45) guided Orpington to 168-4, only to lose three wickets at the same score.
Ryan Knight picked up two of them, the second with a fine caught and bowled, boosting Tenterden’s hopes of snatching victory.
However they had to settle for 13 points from the draw .
Skipper Tim Russell (65 not out) and Simon Berry (45 not out) batted Tenterden 2nds to victory in the Premier Division for the second week running – as they beat Whitstable by eight wickets.