Win lifts hopes of sur­vival


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ten­ter­den’s third suc­ces­sive win main­tained their hopes of stay­ing in Kent League Divi­sion 1.

They beat fel­low strug­glers Sibton Park by 26 runs at Morghew Park on Satur­day.

How­ever, skip­per An­drew Craw­ford be­lieves there is still work to do, say­ing: “Tun­bridge Wells are al­ready pro­moted, Folke­stone are favourites to fin­ish sec­ond, and Upchurch. who we play this week­end are adrift at the bot­tom.

“How­ever things are in­cred­i­bly tight else­where, with only 34 points be­tween third top and us who are third bot­tom.

“We know we are not safe yet, but the good thing about this win­ning run is lots of peo­ple are con­tribut­ing. Hay­den (Walsh) has been the star, but ev­ery­body is per­form­ing.”

Te­vis Knight Jnr claimed the bat­ting hon­ours with an un­beaten 84, in­clud­ing 10 fours and a six, as Ten­ter­den made 250-8, be­fore James Rand and Walsh took three wick­ets each as sec­ond-bot­tom Sibton fin­ished on 234-8.

Craw­ford said: “Te­vis has be­come of one of our most con­sis­tent per­form­ers, we know if one of us steps up and makes 80 plus we are ca­pa­ble of mak­ing com­pet­i­tive to­tals. Chris Ver­non and Tyler Grif­fin both bat­ted very well, and Harry Galpin and Ryan Knight both added use­ful runs at the end.

“Bat­ting was fairly hard work early on, but I won the toss and bat­ted first, which proved to be the right de­ci­sion,”

Rand faces an op­er­a­tion at the end of the sea­son on his an­te­rior cru­ci­ate knee lig­a­ment, but Craw­ford said: “He needs surgery, is only bowl­ing medium pace, but has been do­ing it for years, and his ex­pe­ri­ence is key. He is hit­ting good ar­eas with the seam, do­ing a bit with the ball and bowled two very good spells.

“All the bowlers chipped in, Tom Richards did well with the new ball, and Hay­den picked up another three wick­ets.”

Ten­ter­den 2nds – shot-out for only 76 – moved a step closer to rel­e­ga­tion from the Pre­mier Divi­sion with a nine-wicket de­feat at Dart­ford.

The Kent Vil­lage League pro­gramme was wiped out at the week­end due to the weather.

Wood­church (Divi­sion 3) and Mer­sham Sports (Divi­sion 5), both claimed points af­ter their re­spec­tive op­po­nents, Min­ster and Offham con­ceded.

Pic­ture: Re­becca Clarke FM3343879

Tyler Grif­fin and Te­vis Knight tak­ing a break from bat­ting dur­ing Ten­ter­den’s in­nings against Sibton Park

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