Tegg hun­dred paves the way for

Ash­ford Town

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Liam Tegg’s sec­ond hun­dred of the sea­son pro­vided the plat­form for Ash­ford Town’s 109-run win over Bette­shanger which leaves them on the cusp of an im­me­di­ate re­turn to Di­vi­sion 3 next sea­son.

Tegg (127) and Luke Reeves (66) put on 155 for the first wicket, af­ter skip­per Sam Ken­nett won the toss and bat­ted, then watched his side pile on the runs.

Town scored an im­pres­sive to­tal of 272-3, be­fore 10-man

‘Liam has been scor­ing runs ev­ery week this sea­son and

he just cashed in’

Bettes, 73-0 at one stage, were all out for 163.

Town’s vic­tory earned them their eighth 20-point max­i­mum of the sea­son, four more than joint lead­ers OD Cuaco.

Both teams are now locked to­gether on 247 points, with two games left.

Town face an im­por­tant trip to third-placed Offham on Satur­day, be­fore fin­ish­ing at home to strug­glers Down­ham & Belling­ham the fol­low­ing week­end.

Skip­per Sam Ken­nett said: “We always look to gam­ble on go­ing for 20 ev­ery game by bat­ting first and back our bowlers to take wick­ets, while Cuaco seem to go for the 16-point op­tion.

“If we fin­ish level, we would win the ti­tle, cour­tesy of more 20-point wins.

“We are 26 points ahead of Offham and if we beat them I think we are sure of go­ing up.”

Ken­nett added: “Liam has been scor­ing runs ev­ery week this sea­son and he just cashed in.

“It was fill your boots time. He was dropped at first slip on 10 and was pa­tient at the start, be­fore open­ing out, find­ing and clear­ing the ropes sev­eral times, with around 12 fours and four sixes.”

“The bowlers them did their job. Si­mon Tay­lor (3-21) con­cen­trated on line and length and Craig Buck­ham (3-46) also did well.

Ash­ford Town 2nds could com­plete a pro­mo­tion dou­ble, af­ter a 136-run win over Bettes 2nds at Deal.

The re­sult leaves them third, seven points be­hind Frinds­bury, ahead of games at home to Offham and away at lead­ers Bex­ley­heath.

James Rod­way (49 not out) and Jon Col­bran (47) top scored in Town’s 186, be­fore Dar­ren Cooper (5-23) and Chris Se­nior (3-16) ran through the visi­tors, who were out for only 50.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3365976

Ash­ford Town opener Luke Reeves at the crease dur­ing his in­nings of 66 against Bette­shanger

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