Kennett: Ours to lose
Sam Kennett believes the Kent League Division 4 title is leaders Ashford Town’s to lose.
Luke Reeves’ second hundred of the season in a total of 214-8 and Ben Ealham’s best ever figures of 6-60, were the stand-out performances in the 39-run victory over Faversham – bowled out for 175 – avenging Town’s only defeat so far.
Town travel to Beckenham to face OD CUACO in a top-two clash this weekend with only four points separating the sides. Skipper Kennett said: “It’s a big game for both sides but the title is in our own hands. If we win all our remaining five games, we will be champions.”
Kennett hailed Reeves’ ton as a “brilliant” knock, while Ealham starred in only his second stint with the ball this season on a day when Ashford were without regulars Craig Buckham, Simon Taylor, Mo Raza and Peter Shields.
He added: “Luke was
brilliant, batting 47 overs patiently on a wicket which made it hard to time the ball.
“He was run out going for a second run, the ball after he got his hundred.
“Ben bowled well with his off spinners and we held our catches as well. Credit to Faversham, because they didn’t give up going for their shots, needing 20 points themselves to stay in the promotion hunt and that worked in our favour. When they got to 120-3 we were worried but we kept taking wickets.”
Former colt Shane Beech returned to the side for his first game of the season, following six months in South Africa.
Ashley Trigg (5-31) and Darren Brumbaugh’s 4-0 in 15 balls condemned Ashford 2nds – bowled out for only 71 – to a 108-run defeat at High Halstow.
Chris Senior (3-42) took his tally to 15 wickets in three innings, while Jackson Clark claimed 3-34 in High Halstow’s total of 179.
Ashford Town’s Neil Tegg watches on as the Faversham slips miss out on a catch
Ashford Town face the bowling of Faversham’s Phil Rowcroft