Sea­son ends on high note


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cricket -

Ten­ter­den knew they were pro­moted the mo­ment cap­tain Te­vis Knight took the win­ning catch at Whit­stable.

Word had spread that Di­vi­sion 1 pro­mo­tion ri­vals The Mote were on the verge of a heavy de­feat by Dart­ford.

That meant Knight’s team just had to fin­ish the job at the Bel­mont to fin­ish run­ners-up and se­cure a place in the Kent League, Premier Di­vi­sion for the first time.

With his team in con­trol, Knight couldn’t re­sist find­ing out what was hap­pen­ing else­where.

He said: “Whit­stable needed 140 off 20 overs with three wick­ets in hand.

“I was field­ing at long-off so at that point I turned to a cou­ple of our club guys who told me The Mote were 70-7 chas­ing 220.

“We had a quiet spell in the field and with­out want­ing to give away what I knew, I gave the boys the big­gest gee-up but a few twigged and it fired us up.

“I took the win­ning catch and all the boys came fly­ing over and bun­dled me.

“As we came off, The Mote were 100-9 and then it was con­firmed they’d lo s t . ” Tent er­den were mov­ing along nicely at 158-2 – Ben Price mak­ing 71 – be­fore three quick wick­ets brought Whit­stable back into the game.

But an un­beaten eighth-wicket stand of 58 be­tween Rob Sparks (40) and Ryan Knight (41) led the visi­tors to 280-7. Leus Du Plooy claimed 3-69 as Whit­stable were bowled out for 237 in re­ply, leav­ing Ten­ter­den win­ners by 43 runs.

Knight said: “We were a bit ner­vous at 180-5 but Rob­bie and Ryan were phe­nom­e­nal with the bat – they were match­win­ning knocks. Ryan smashed it ev­ery­where.

“At one point I said I’d be happy with 240 but they got us to 280.”

Ten­ter­den fin­ished sixth in Di­vi­sion 1 of the 2nd XI league af­ter l os­ing to cham­pi­ons Or­p­ing­ton by 41 runs.

Or­p­ing­ton were bowled out for 246, Reuben Colling­wood with 2-16.

Luke Man­gold (44) top scored as Ten­ter­den made 205 in re­ply.

Ash­ford Town were crowned Kent League, Di­vi­sion 3 cham­pi­ons af­ter rain wiped out their ti­tle de­cider against Old Wil­so­ni­ans.

The match was aban­doned with­out play, leav­ing Town 10 points clear of OWs who are pro­moted as run­ners-up.

Skip­per Liam Tegg proved a key man as Ash­ford clinched back- t o- back pro­mo­tions, top scor­ing with 729 runs and tak­ing 39 wick­ets.

Craig Buck­ham’s 56 vic­tims made him the lead­ing wick­et­taker in the di­vi­sion.

There were also big con­tri­bu­tions with the bat from Luke Reeves and over­seas player Ethan Col­lett, who scored 550 and 402 runs re­spec­tively.

Jack Richard­son im­pressed in his first sea­son be­hind the stumps, claim­ing nine stump­ings and 12 catches.

Ash­ford fin­ished the 2nd XI Di­vi­sion 5 cam­paign in fourth place af­ter beat­ing High Hal­stow by 32 runs.

Opener Chris Se­nior top scored with 55 in Town’s to­tal of 214.

James Rod­way claimed 4-40 as 10-man Hal­stow made 182-9.

‘I took the win­ning catch and all the boys

came fly­ing over’

Ash­ford Town Cricket Club, who have won pro­mo­tion for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son. From left, back: Mohsin Raza, Craig De Vaal, Si­mon Tay­lor, Ben Eal­ham, Jack Richard­son, Dar­ren Cooper; Front: Ethan Col­lett, David Foad, Liam Tegg, Craig Buck­ham, Luke Reeves

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