Bat­ting ef­fort in vain as Town go bot­tom

Ash­ford Town

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Ash­ford Town’s high­est to­tal of the sea­son still wasn’t enough to avoid a five-wicket Shep­herd Neame Kent League Di­vi­sion 3 de­feat against Holmes­dale on a swel­ter­ing af­ter­noon at Mon­treal Park in Sevenoaks on Satur­day.

Luke Reeves hit 76 in a to­tal of 2278, but two big stands, for the first and fourth wick­ets re­spec­tively, helped the home side home with seven balls to spare.

The de­feat takes Town bot­tom again, nine points be­hind Hythe, sur­prise four-wicket win­ners at sec­ond-placed Old Colfeians.

Reeves passed 50 for third time this sea­son, but Town’s in­nings was ham­pered by los­ing two wick­ets at the same score three times.

He shared an open­ing stand of 109 with Si­mon Tay­lor be­fore the lat­ter was bowled for 39. Dar­ren Bai­ley then fol­lowed with­out scor­ing, be­fore Reeves and Fraser Har­ri­son – run out for 16 – both went at 132.

Peter Shields (15) and skip­per Sam Ken­nett, fol­lowed at 159, Ash­ley Cook (43, in­clud­ing two big sixes) and Steve Tan­ner (24 not out) guided the vis­i­tors past 200.

Oliver Jones (57) and Holmes­dale skip­per Mark Epps (43) gave the home side a solid start adding 91, be­fore Tay­lor (3-51) made the break­through. Ash­ford claimed three more scalps, but Ru­pert Har­big (47) and David Rof­fey (57 not out) blunted hopes of fur­ther suc­cess, aveng­ing a 47-run de­feat on the open­ing day of the sea­son.

Skip­per Neil Tegg car­ried his bat to make 112 not out as Town 2nds beat Brom­ley Town by 99 runs at Sta­cians Park.

Tegg called a halt on 232-5, declar­ing with one over to spare, be­fore bowl­ing the vis­i­tors out for 133. Dar­ren Cooper and An­drew Har­court claimed three wick­ets each.

Robert Banks made an un­beaten 121 as Wye 2nds drew at Rodmersham in Di­vi­sion 4. He hit 19 fours and a six in his 144-ball knock as the vis­i­tors, need­ing 276 to win, fin­ished on 216-4.

TOP SCORER: Luke Reeves hit 76 for Ash­ford Town

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