For­tunes are look­ing up af­ter fourth win in a row

Ten­ter­den

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Skip­per An­drew Craw­ford re­flected on a “bril­liant month” as Ten­ter­den claimed their fourth suc­ces­sive win to climb to fifth place in the Shep­herd Neame Kent League, Di­vi­sion 1. The 26-run suc­cess at Upchurch on Satur­day, moved them above Whit­stable, this week­end’s op­po­nents The Mote and Hayes, while also con­firm­ing the home club’s rel­e­ga­tion. Craw­ford (pic­tured) said: “Our form has been po­lar op­po­site to the first half of the sea­son, when we were in­con­sis­tent and played poorly. “We have played some ex­cel­lent cricket with bat and ball but while we are still not math­e­mat­i­cally safe, we are now look­ing above us rather than be­low, and haven’t given up on the pos­si­bil­ity of even fin­ish­ing third.” Chris Ver­non with 75 off 57 balls, in­clud­ing 12 fours and a six and West In­dian over­seas re­cruit Hay­den Walsh with a near run-a-ball 73 (nine fours), pro­vided the foun­da­tion for Ten­ter­den’s 289-6 with Upchurch mak­ing 221-9 in re­ply. Ver­non and Craw­ford put on 113 for the first wicket be­fore Walsh and Harry Galpin (36 not out) added 70 for the sixth wicket, with the for­mer last man to fall. Craw­ford added: “Chris has had lots of starts this sea­son and hasn’t kicked on but he bat­ted beau­ti­fully. “Hay­den’s form has been sen­sa­tional. He has played first class cricket for the Lee­ward Is­lands, so we knew what a good player he was. “We would like to see him back next year and have al­ready had a con­ver­sa­tion about that.” Late-or­der re­sis­tance de­nied Ten­ter­den a quicker vic­tory af­ter Upchurch lost three wick­ets with the score on 107 but Craw­ford in­sisted: “The game wasn’t as close as the scores sug­gest. “Our to­tal was well above par but they were never in the hunt. I don’t think there was any real in­tent to chase down the tar­get and we gave them some cheap runs.” Ten­ter­den 2nds suf­fered an­other poor day with the bat – all out for 86 against Sand­wich, who only made 117 them­selves (Ab­dul­lah Adil 5-29).

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