KENT RE­GIONAL LEAGUE: OPEN­ERS PAVE THE WAY IN DOM­I­NANT DIS­PLAY

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cricket -

An un­beaten 154 from opener David Har­man helped Mer­sham to their third win of the sea­son in the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion, against the Roe­bucks on Satur­day. Har­man shared a first-wicket stand of 186 with Kyle McAlister (95) as the home side rat­tled up 330-2 from their 46 overs and then dis­missed The Roe­bucks for 208 (Ash­ley Cook 4-31) to tri­umph by 122 runs. The re­sult leaves Mer­sham in fourth spot but they are just 10 points be­hind lead­ers Dart­for­dians. Boughton & East­well ended Wye’s win­ning start in 1A East, dis­miss­ing their Ash­ford neigh­bours for just 79. Only three Wye bats­men reached dou­ble fig­ures as Craig Man­ner­ing (4-18 in eight overs), Ian Thomas (2-19 in 10) and Mo­hammed Us­man (2-24 in 10) did the dam­age. Led by David Gray (39) and Daniel New­man (22), Boughton reached 45-1 in re­ply be­fore Matt Barnes (3-22 in 10 overs) and Steve Dagys (2-4 in three) in­duced a mid-in­nings wob­ble which meant the home side were five down when vic­tory was achieved in the 31st over. The win lifted Boughton up to sec­ond just nine points be­hind lead­ers Lit­tle­bourne. Ken­ning­ton were in­volved in a low-scor­ing game with Folke­stone 3rds, more than half of whose modest to­tal of 86 came from the bat of young opener Ben Niewoudt (46). He was the only Folke­stone bats­man to reach dou­ble fig­ures as Jeremy Grove (3-21), Jamie Car­roll (2-13), Matthew Dale (2-13) and Ben Creed (1-34) shared the wick­ets. Bradlee Sharpe (22) and Chris Drake­ley (21) led Ken­ning­ton’s re­ply but the hosts lost five wick­ets get­ting home in the 19th over. Half-cen­turies from Steve Edge (64) and Jamie McVit­tie (59 not out) guided Mer­sham 2nds to an eight-wicket win over Deal Vic­to­ria & Barns Close 2nds in 2A East. The pair shared a sec­ond-wicket part­ner­ship of 130 as Mer­sham passed the Vics to­tal of 161-8 in the 35th over. James Foot had ear­lier bowled an ex­cel­lent spell, tak­ing 3-17 from 12 overs, in­clud­ing five maidens. Ben Edge took 2-12 and Geoffrey Fagg 2-40. Mer­sham are now up to third. Stowt­ing were skit­tled for 99 (Stephen Jack­son 22) by East Lang­don on their way to a sev­en­wicket de­feat in 1B East. Lang­don knocked off the runs in 15.1 overs. Willes­bor­ough (186-6) were beaten by eight wick­ets in 2B East at Herne Bay who chased down their tar­get in­side 30 overs. Boughton & East­well 2nds con­ceded their 1C East game away to Ex­iles-at-Stelling Min­nis.

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