Captain Crawford plays pivotal role
Andrew Crawford is targeting three wins from Tenterden’s last five games to maintain the club’s Shepherd Neame Kent League Division 1 status. A 35-run victory over third-placed Linden Park at Tunbridge Wells on Saturday moved Tenterden a point clear of the bottom two – Sibton Park and Upchurch – their next two opponents. Skipper Crawford said: “They are two crucial games. We have done well in the last two weeks to get ourselves into this position and it has given us a little bit of breathing space.” He won the toss and led from the front, hitting 86. Tenterden reached 225-9 from their 50 overs before bowling the home side out for 190, to record back-to-back wins, following their five-wicket success against Whitstable the previous week. Crawford added: “We had a good side out, won there last year and apart from leaders Tunbridge Wells, all the other sides are similar in standard. “That’s what I told the guys before the game. “It was good to give us a solid start on what was a tricky wicket early on, against a good opening attack and we thought 200 would be a par score. “Ben Dakin and Tom Richards both went to brilliant catches on the boundary by the same player, and typical Tenterden, we lost a cluster of wickets but I always say we bat one to 11 and our last pair Jimmy Collins and Tim Curteis did well to add 25 which proved crucial.” “All the bowlers did well in good areas, chipping away getting wickets. The run-rate was climbing but we kept a lid on things and the pressure on them increased.” Hayden Walsh hit 37, adding 74 for the third wicket with Crawford and claimed three wickets for the second successive game. Skipper Tim Russell just missed out on his first ton of the season as Premier Division bottom side Tenterden 2nds beat Blackheath by six wickets. He finished on 99 not out as he and Scott Freeman (45 not out) added an unbeaten 110 to see their side home on 212-4, with nine balls to spare. Jay Parker took 3-50 as the visitors totalled 211-8.