Win lifts hopes of survival
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.
Tyler Griffin and Tevis Knight taking a break from batting during Tenterden’s innings against Sibton Park