Cap­tain Craw­ford plays piv­otal role


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

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.

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