Fa­ther and son part­ner­ship

Ash­ford Town

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Sam Ken­nett ad­mits the re­sult was more im­por­tant than the per­for­mance fol­low­ing Ash­ford Town’s 26-run Kent League, Di­vi­sion 4 home win over Rod­mer­sham on Satur­day.

A cen­tury sec­ond-wicket stand of 114 by Liam Tegg (66) and his fa­ther Neil (49) pro­vided the bulk of the runs in a mod­est 169-9 but the to­tal proved too much for the rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened visi­tors who were all out for 143.

Sec­ond-placed Town picked up 20 points to halve the deficit on lead­ers OD Cuaco (seven-wicket win­ners at Bette­shanger) to four, while third-placed Offham also won to stay in touch.

Skip­per Ken­nett ad­mit­ted: “We haven’t bat­ted well for a while, so it was im­por­tant to win be­cause other teams are creep­ing up as well.

“We fielded bet­ter and our strength is bowl­ing.

“Liam’s knock was a pa­tient in­nings, wait­ing for the bad ball.”

“We brought Neil in be­cause we needed some­body to stay there,but the way our in­nings fell away, was shock­ing with other bat­ters, in­clud­ing me, get­ting out go­ing for their shots.”

Tegg ju­nior then weighed in with 4-62 with the ball, backed up by Craig Buck­ham (3-38).

Rod­mer­sham’s Rama Vas­an­tham fol­lowed up his 3-39 with 41 not out car­ry­ing the visi­tors closer, having been 108-9 at one stage.

Ken­nett added: “He (Vas­an­tham) is a good crick­eter and bowled well.

“Rod­mer­sham are at the bot­tom but are not the worst side in the league and have been un­lucky, los­ing some close games.”

Town face Bette­shanger this week­end, be­fore a cru­cial trip to Offham the fol­low­ing Satur­day, the penul­ti­mate week­end of the sea­son.

James Cran­nis hit 47 not out as Town 2nds won by seven wick­ets at Frinds­bury, both sides chas­ing run­ners-up spot in Di­vi­sion 5.

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Ash­ford Town bowler Mo Raza fires down a de­liv­ery against Rod­mer­sham

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Ash­ford Town sense a break­through as Rod­mer­sham opener Martin Henry keeps out this de­liv­ery dur­ing his in­nings of 14

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