Calvert fight­back in vain

Hard hit­ting knock helps res­cue In­nings but town still beaten

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cricket -

Liam Tegg blamed a com­bi­na­tion of poor shot se­lec­tion and not enough runs for Ash­ford Town’s eight-wicket Shep­herd Neame Kent, League Di­vi­sion 2 de­feat at Sibton Park.

The Town skip­per won the toss and bat­ted first on Satur­day, only to see his side strug­gle al­most from the start, slump­ing to 77-7 at one stage.

Craig Calvert led the re­cov­ery, hit­ting six sixes in his 47, and adding 70 for the eighth wicket with Craig Buck­ham (30) to bol­ster the to­tal to 162.

Si­mon Tay­lor grabbed two quick wick­ets, be­fore an un­beaten cen­tury stand by Tim Bishop (76 not out) and Rafi Stone (57 not out), bat­ted the home side to vic­tory in­side 37 overs.

Tegg said: “We def­i­nitely bat­ted in the hard­est con­di­tions, be­cause the sun came out and the pitch flat­tened out later and def­i­nitely got bet­ter.

“We didn’t bat well but no way was it a 40-5 wicket.

“A few soft dis­missals didn’t set us off too well and Luke Reeves got the worst leg be­fore de­ci­sion I have seen in my ca­reer.”

He added: “I don’t think we put a big enough price on each wicket, poor shots came at the wrong time and we never had enough runs.

“Craig went in and saw the ball well and we did well to get 160 plus.

“We need to ap­ply our­selves by bat­ting bet­ter and bounce back at home to St Lawrence this week­end.

“It won’t be a poor re­sult un­less it hap­pens again.”

Ri­han Mithu led an im­pres­sive bat­ting dis­play as Town 2nds beat Shoot­ers Hill 2nds by 73 runs in Di­vi­sion 5.

Mithu hit 71, shar­ing in stands of 87 with Gary Sut­ton (63) and 71 with Dar­ren Wood (45 not out) in a to­tal of 218-3.

James Rod­way (4-33) and Ty­ron Beech (4-42) then com­bined to dis­miss the vis­i­tors for 145.

Liam Tegg scored a half cen­tury and took four wick­ets as the Shep­herd Neame Kent League Di­vi­sions 1 and 2 rep­re­sen­ta­tive side bowed out of the Club Cricket Con­fer­ence’s Sov­er­eign Tro­phy com­pe­ti­tion at the first hur­dle, los­ing by one wicket against the Es­sex-based Na­tional League at Ash­ford Town last week.

‘We def­i­nitely bat­ted in the hard­est con­di­tions but no way was it a 40-5 wicket’

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4358881

Ash­ford’s Liam Tegg dur­ing his in­nings of 28 against Sibton Park

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