Runs flow in festival
Tenterden had a Cricket Week to remember, winning five of their seven matches with one abandoned. The club also recorded a win double in the Shepherd Neame Kent League on Saturday (see separate match report). Victory against the Exiles last Friday came off the final ball, while Ben Price, first Xl skipper Andrew Crawford and Rob Sparks hit hundreds during a week of high-scoring cricket. Price hit 174 and Mark Kokkinos 51 not out, as Tenterden (362-3) rounded things off last Sunday, beating Rory Sloan’s XI (266) by 96 runs. Tom Richards finished with 5-36. Sparks, followed up his hundred against Sevenoaks Vine 2nds the previous weekend, with 135 as Tenterden declared on 351-3 against Exiles, sharing in stands of 146 with 2nd XI captain Tim Russell(69) and 81 with Abdullah Adil (85 not out. Will Pillinger top scored for Exiles with 80, while Ryan Knight took 5-65 Crawford (136 not out) and Chris Vernon (38 not out), batted Tenterden (281-5) to a five-wicket win over Longfellows on the Thursday. Logan hit an impressive 163 out of the visitors’ total of 277. Late order pair Mark Barton (52) and Adil (44) helped Tenterden recover from 199-7 to finish on 324, in a 37-run defeat by Jack Massey XI on the Wednesday. Vernon (52) and Patrick Collins had given the hosts a good start with an opending stand of 97, before wickets fell at regular intervals. J Kilber (92), T Austin (82) and S Keen (77) all batted well as Massey XI scored 361-8 declared. Worcestershire tourists Bewdley (241-2) were eight wicket winners on the Tuesday, thanks to C Wilson (75) and C Franklin (92 not out). Russell (62 not out) and a second-wicket stand of 94 between Price (74) and Kokkinos (44) saw Tenterden declare on 238-6. Tenterden regained the Jack Edwards Trophy beating Bromley visitors The Noddymen by 29 runs on the Monday Hayden Walsh (77), Vernon (71) and Luke Mangold (67) batted the home side to 364, A Stickels taking 5-172 after bowling throughout the innings. Walsh and Richards then claimed three wickets each in Noddymen’s total of 335. The opening game, on the Sunday – against Chris Linton’s XI – was abandoned due to rain, with the visitors 73-3 after 15 overs. Groundsman Bill Lacey and his band of helpers deserve thanks for their hard work throughout the week.
Mark Kokkinos in action
during Tenterden’s match with Bewdley at Morghew Park on Tuesday