Town sur­ren­der top spot with de­feat to ti­tle ri­vals

Ash­ford Town

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Sam Ken­nett made no ex­cuses af­ter Ash­ford Town’s Kent League Divi­sion 4 ti­tle hopes suf­fered a blow with a five-wicket de­feat at top-two ri­vals OD Cuaco at Park Langley on Satur­day.

Town’s only sec­ond loss of the sea­son saw them sur­ren­der topspot to their Beck­en­ham hosts, who over­turned a four-point deficit at start of play to lead by eight with four games re­main­ing.

One boost for Town was third­placed Offham’s sur­prise home de­feat against Bette­shanger Col­liery Wel­fare, which leaves Ken­nett’s side still 26 points ahead of the Maid­stone vil­lagers.

He said: “Win­ning the league was al­ways go­ing to be a bonus, fin­ish­ing in the top-two and get­ting pro­mo­tion was our main aim.

“The de­feat was all of our own mak­ing, our bat­ting and catch­ing let us down.”

In-form South African bats­man Mat Smit proved Cuaco’s match-win­ner with 65, sur­viv­ing two chances as the home side got home on 151-5, af­ter Town, put into bat, had been dis­missed for only 150.

‘The de­feat was

all of our own mak­ing, our bat­ting and catch­ing let us down’

Ken­nett added: “They were bet­ter than us on the day.

“The wicket was a lit­tle bit damp, and Cuaco had the bet­ter of con­di­tions with ball and bat, as it dried out quickly.

“We didn’t bat par­tic­u­larly well, sev­eral got starts, but didn’t go on to get a de­cent score.

“We needed some­body to get 60 or 70 – 200 would have been a de­cent score, but we came up short.

“We knew if we got Smit early we might have a chance, but a cou­ple of chances went down, and we dropped a few more as well.”

Liam Tegg top scored with 38 and took 4-38 for Ash­ford.

Ken­nett con­firmed the an­kle in­jury which has trou­bled him for most of the sea­son, has been di­ag­nosed as a grade two lig­a­ment strain.

He said: “I shouldn’t re­ally be play­ing, and still feel it when I bowl.

“We were short on seam on Satur­day, so I put my­self through the pain bar­rier.”

Chris Se­nior took his wicket tally to 19 in four matches with 4-22 as Town 2nds lost by nine wick­ets at home to Brom­ley Town.

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