Still room for im­prove­ment


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

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.

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