Town’s ti­tle bid taken to fi­nal game

Ash­ford Town Ten­ter­den

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Ten­ter­den dropped out of the pro­mo­tion places af­ter los­ing to The Mote – but they can still go up on the last day.

They head into the fi­nal round of matches on Satur­day in third place in Di­vi­sion 1 of the Kent League, 11 points be­hind lead­ers Dart­ford and 10 adrift of The Mote.

They’ll be pro­moted if they win at Whit­stable and there’s a favourable re­sult in the meet­ing be­tween the top two.

Cap­tain Te­vis Knight said: “It’s a funny sit­u­a­tion be­cause bonus points come into it.

“If we win and ei­ther The Mote or Dart­ford lose and only take a few bonus points, we’ll be up.

“It’ll be an in­ter­est­ing week­end. I’ll be re­it­er­at­ing to our play­ers that we must con­cen­trate on our own game. We can’t con­trol any­thing else.

“Whit­stable aren’t com­pletely out of it them­selves but if we play to our ca­pa­bil­i­ties, I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

The Mote, on a run of five wins, closed 50 overs on 198-5 last Satur­day. Ten­ter­den lost opener The Kent League, Di­vi­sion 3 cham­pi­onship will be set­tled on the fi­nal day of the sea­son.

Ash­ford Town missed the chance to clinch the crown when they lost to Min­ster by 110 runs.

They’re 10 points clear of sec­ond­placed Old Wil­so­ni­ans, who they host in a ti­tle de­cider on Satur­day.

Dar­ren Cooper (5-83) and Craig Buck­ham (5-72) ended big-hit­ting Min­ster’s in­nings – af­ter nine lost balls – on 281.

Jack Richard­son fol­lowed three stump­ings by mak­ing 51 in re­ply but Ash­ford col­lapsed to 171 all out.

In the 2nd XI league, Town were bowled out for 80 in a seven-wicket de­feat by Di­vi­sion 5 cham­pi­ons Min­ster. Openers Fraser Har­ri­son (26) and Neil Tegg (12) were the only Ash­ford play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures. An­drew Craw­ford with­out scor­ing and were soon 15-3.

Chris Ver­non (53) and Knight (36) led the fight­back but the re­ply fell 17 runs short on 181 all out.

No.11 James Rand was stranded on 19 not out.

Knight said: “We bowled and fielded well. They had a cou­ple of big hit­ters at the end but you couldn’t blame the bowl­ing.

“It was a missed op­por­tu­nity be­cause we’d al­ways back our­selves to chase 200.

“At one point, when I was bat­ting with Chris Ver­non, it was plain sail­ing. But I got out to a poor shot and that left too much pres­sure on Chris. Sud­denly we needed eight an over.”

Ten­ter­den and The Mote also met in Di­vi­sion 1 of the 2nd XI league.

Rob Sparks made 51 for the visi­tors, who were 123-5 in re­ply to 203-5 when rain stopped play.

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Ten­ter­den bowler Tom Richards can’t be­lieve how close he was to tak­ing a wicket against The Mote

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Ash­ford’s Liam Tegg de­fends against Min­ster

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