Knight takes over reins as win­ning run con­tin­ues


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Ten­ter­den’s game plan worked a treat as they stretched their win­ning se­quence in Shep­herd Neame Kent League, Di­vi­sion 1 to five games with a four-wicket win over The Mote at Maid­stone on Satur­day.

Set 210 to win, open­ers Ben Price and Chris Ver­non – who both made 61 – gave Ten­ter­den the per­fect start with a stand of 120 as they chased down their tar­get in­side 40 overs, to re­duce the gap on Brom­ley Com­mon from 17 points to four.

Stand-in cap­tain Te­vis Knight (Jnr), lead­ing the side in the ab­sence of An­drew Craw­ford, said: “We won it ex­actly the way we spoke about it be­fore we started. Pun­ish the bad ball and build part­ner­ships, not look to win it in 20 overs.”

“Ben hasn’t been avail­able much this sea­son and this was only his sec­ond game but he and Chris bat­ted well. It was a good all-round per­for­mance.”

Ga­mindu Kan­ishka’s 96 was the main­stay of The Mote’s to­tal of 209 but Knight added: “We were wor­ried and lit­tle ner­vous when they got to 140-2 with around 15 overs left.

“But then we started to pick up wick­ets, with Hay­den Walsh claim­ing two run outs, the sec­ond with a phe­nom­e­nal piece of field­ing off his own bowl­ing, man­ag­ing to still throw the ball over the bats­man’s head while div­ing on the ground.”

Knight – who scored his first 2nd XI league hun­dred at the age of 13, 11 years ago – added: “It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence to lead the side for the first time.

“I have made around 490 runs this sea­son and I am happy with that. It’s been a good sea­son with the bat for me, get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to score runs and play­ing my own game.

“We were in the bot­tom two a month ago and there were some strong words in the dress­ing room, telling each other we had to buck up our ideas, oth­er­wise we would be go­ing down.”

Ten­ter­den’s form faces the sternest of tests in the fi­nal two games of the sea­son. They face al­ready-crowned cham­pi­ons Tun­bridge Wells on Satur­day, be­fore fin­ish­ing the sea­son with a trip to Folke­stone who will be con­firmed run­ners-up if they beat Sibton Park this week­end.

Mean­while, rel­e­ga­tion bound Ten­ter­den 2nds won for only the fourth time in the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion this sea­son, beat­ing Hart­ley by four wick­ets.

Si­mon Berry led the way with 76 not out, in­clud­ing 13 fours.

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