Stowt­ing stal­wart clocks up 1,000-game land­mark

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Dave Jackson says “an un­der­stand­ing wife” is the key to him clock­ing up 1,000 games for Stowt­ing. The 57-year-old wick­et­keeper and Sun­day skip­per cel­e­brated the mile­stone in the one-wicket win over Head­corn in the In­victa League last month. He ad­mit­ted: “I play both days and it’s a fam­ily af­fair as my 27-year-old twin sons Mark, who cap­tains the Satur­day side, and Steve, also play.” Jackson, of­fice man­ager at Folke­stone so­lic­i­tors Rootes and Al­liott and for­mer branch man­ager at Nat West in Ten­ter­den, has been a fa­mil­iar fix­ture at Stowt­ing since 1982. He said: “I moved to Ash­ford from Lon­don when I was 13 and used to play for Bri­tish Rail be­fore be­ing in­vited to join Stowt­ing and never left.” Jackson’s high­est score of 131 came against ri­vals Smar­den in 2004 and a suc­cess­ful ca­reer be­hind the stumps has seen him chalk up 700 dis­missals. One grow­ing prob­lem in club cricket is the num­ber of sides forced to con­cede games due to lack of play­ers but Jackson be­lieves Stowt­ing are buck­ing the trend. He said: “We had a mem­ber­ship drive at our club which at­tracted six new play­ers. “I am also match sec­re­tary for the Kent Vil­lage League, with the job of ver­i­fy­ing all the re­sults and mon­i­tor­ing the num­ber of con­ces­sions made by the clubs.”

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