Calvert fightback in vain
Hard hitting knock helps rescue Innings but town still beaten
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’
Ashford’s Liam Tegg during his innings of 28 against Sibton Park