Skip­per holds nerve to se­cure valu­able vic­tory

Ash­ford Town

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Luke Reeves scored his sec­ond suc­ces­sive half cen­tury and pulled off one of the catches of the sea­son as bot­tom side Ash­ford Town com­pleted a three- wicket win over third-placed Old Wil­so­ni­ans in Shep­herd Neame Kent League, Di­vi­sion 3 at Sta­cians Park on Satur­day.

It was a timely vic­tory on a day when fel­low strug­glers Hythe and Old Elthami­ans also both won but not be­fore Town made life dif­fi­cult for them­selves.

Need­ing only 151 to win, they slumped from 107-1 to 139-7 be­fore skip­per Sam Ken­nett struck suc­ces­sive fours to see them home.

Ken­nett said: “We never do things easy and the mid­dle-or­der just col­lapsed.

“I was pleased to fin­ish the job my­self be­cause I didn’t want to get out and then have to watch.

“We have got an­other tough one against Old Colfeians this week­end but hope­fully this re­sult will boost our con­fi­dence.”

Reeves hit 68, adding 76 with Dar­ren Bai­ley (25) for the first wicket.

Peter Shields ( 13) was sec­ond out and his dis­missal sparked a flurry of wick­ets as Town lost five for 32, be­fore Ken­nett com­pleted the vic­tory.

He added: “Luke bat­ted well again. He was dropped a cou­ple of times early on and made them pay.

“The catch he took was one of the most fan­tas­tic I have ever seen, div­ing away to his left at mid-wicket, hold­ing it one handed on his weaker side.” Four Ash­ford bowlers claimed two wick­ets each, en­sur­ing Wil­so­ni­ans’ in­nings never got go­ing be­fore a ninth- wicket stand of 30 boosted their to­tal to 150.

Town stay bot­tom, nine points be­hind Hythe and 13 adrift of OE’s with seven games left. The 2nds won by five wick­ets at Frinds­bury in Di­vi­sion 5.

Robert Banks scored his sec­ond hun­dred in suc­ces­sive weeks as Wye 2nds beat Mack­nade 2nds by 42 runs in Di­vi­sion 4

He fol­lowed up his un­beaten 121 against Rodmersham with 100 not out in a to­tal of 209-7.

Ian Lewis then took 5-50 as the Faver­sham side were dis­missed for 167.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2706571

SWEET SUC­CESS: Ash­ford’s Mo Raza, sec­ond right, cel­e­brates af­ter hav­ing Old Wil­so­ni­ans opener Siva Si­varan­jan caught for seven on Satur­day

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