Ken­nett: Ours to lose

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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.

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Ash­ford Town’s Neil Tegg watches on as the Faver­sham slips miss out on a catch

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Ash­ford Town face the bowl­ing of Faver­sham’s Phil Rowcroft

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