Top or­der col­lapse to blame for de­feat


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Factfile -

Ten­ter­den’s bat­ting woes re­turned on Satur­day in their eight-wicket Shep­herd Neame Kent League, Di­vi­sion 1 de­feat at Sand­wich.

Three of their top-five failed to score and they were dis­missed for 159 – a to­tal the home side passed one ball into the 27th over with only two wick­ets down.

Ten­ter­den lost skip­per An­drew Craw­ford early on, be­fore Ben Price cracked suc­ces­sive sixes.

He then sur­vived a big shout for leg be­fore but cracked the next ball to the bound­ary, be­fore Ten­tre­den slipped from 36-1 to 37-5.

Daniel McDon­ald was caught be­hind for 13, Chris Ver­non went first ball and Tyler Grif­fin fol­lowed two de­liv­er­ies later be­fore Price was bowled for 20, all scored in bound­aries.

Timir Chanda (20) and Ali Neale (20) stopped the rot by adding 46 for the sixth wicket, be­fore fall­ing to suc­ces­sive de­liv­er­ies and leave Ten­ter­den strug­gling at 83-7.

How­ever, the tail, led by Theodore All­port’s un­beaten 25, wagged de­fi­antly, as the last three wick­ets pro­duced 76 cru­cial runs.

Last man Scott Free­man got in the act as well, with 19 off 39 balls, in­clud­ing four fours, as the last wicket brought 35 runs. Craig Snell smashed 42 off as many balls, with two sixes and seven fours, to un­der­pin Sand­wich’s vic­tory charge, with Zack Fagg’s adding an un­beaten 52.

Ten­ter­den 2nds went down by 25 runs in the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion clash be­tween the sides. Ben Dak­ing (57), Ed­mund Collins (44) and Te­vis Knight (jnr) with 40 top scored in Ten­ter­den 2nds 169 all out, as they lost by 25 runs.

Ten­ter­den’s an­nual cricket week starts on Sun­day with a game against Rory Sloan’s XI.

The other matches are against Nod­dy­men – vis­i­tors to Morghew Park for 30 years – on Mon­day. Longfel­lows, a team as­sem­bled by Guy Hind­ley from Rol­ven­den, visit on Tues­day, while Jack Massey’s Xl pro­vide the op­po­si­tion on Wed­nes­day.

Ten­ter­den Ex­iles, made up of for­mer play­ers, visit on Thurs­day, with The Pi­o­neers, put to­gether by vice-pres­i­dent Keith Macey, fea­tur­ing on Fri­day. All matches start at 11.30am.

The 2nds host Sevenoaks Vine in the Shep­herd Neame Kent League on Satur­day (1.15pm) with the fes­ti­val fin­ish­ing on Sun­day with a game against Cob­ham (2pm).

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2706601

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