Wye seek new faces


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Heavy rain on Satur­day de­nied Ten­ter­den the chance to go top of the Shep­herd Neame Kent League Premier League for the first time.

They were on course for vic­tory over Tun­bridge Wells, chas­ing 122, but a flooded pitch meant they were left stranded on 73-2 off 16 overs.

A win would have taken them top above Hart­ley Coun­try Club.

While the early fin­ish left skip­per Te­vis Knight frus­trated, his at least his side re­mained sec­ond in the ta­ble with the 10 points gained.

Knight said: “It was very frus­trat­ing and 99 times out of 100 we would have prob­a­bly gone on and won it but th­ese things hap­pen.

“It was com­pletely flooded, the whole pitch was like a lake, the out­field, the square, the lot.

“We could have gone top but to be sec­ond and just six points be­hind Hart­ley is cer­tainly bet­ter than we had been ex­pect­ing.”

Sur­vival was the aim this sea­son but Ten­ter­den have only been beaten once in their open­ing six games.

The skip­per said: “Every­one in the team did their bit and every­one has been en­joy­ing it. We have got a great team spirit and we are find­ing our­selves hav­ing some suc­cess so far. It is still early days though, with just a third of the sea­son gone.”

Knight was keen to praise the per­for­mance of his bowlers as they dis­missed Tun­bridge Wells for just 122.

Sam Weller (4-25) claimed the wick­ets of the open­ing pair, in­clud­ing Tim Luck­hurst for a sec­ond-ball duck.

Tim Curteis picked up 3-42, while Christo­pher Ver­non (2-24) also played his part.

Knight said: “They played re­ally well. Sam took some early wick­ets and came back in to help fin­ish the in­nings off. Tim and Ver­non re­ally im­pressed.”

This Satur­day Ten­ter­den are away to Bex­ley and Knight will be hop­ing for more of the same, per­for­mance-wise.

He said: “We’ll go with the same game-plan and en­joy it. We will look to hit them early and start the game as we mean to fin­ish it, play­ing with high in­ten­sity and do­ing the ba­sics well.”

Un­beaten knocks from Felix Dewe (40) and Paddy Collins (20) guided Ten­ter­den 2nds to a seven-wicket win at Gravesend in 2nd XI Di­vi­sion 2.

Ear­lier, Reuben Colling­wood took 4-27 to help dis­miss hosts Gravesend for 94. Wye bats­man Matt Barnes against Deal Vics on Satur­day Wye Cricket Club chair­man Alan Clark is hop­ing all the hard work will pay off when the club open the doors to host their an­nual ECB Club Open Day later this month. The open day ini­tia­tive, sup­ported by Waitrose, is a na­tion­wide pro­gramme that aims to help boost grass­roots cricket par­tic­i­pa­tion by en­cour­ag­ing cricket clubs to open their pavil­ion doors and wel­come guests from their local com­mu­nity for a day of cricket taster ses­sions. This sum­mer more than a 1,000 cricket clubs will host a club open day na­tion­wide, with Wye one of them on Sun­day, June 26. Close to 250 guests will at­tend the cel­e­bra­tions be­tween 12 and 7pm as the club ad­ver­tises it­self to per­spec­tive new mem­bers. A bar­be­cue will be run all day, while adult, ju­nior and ladies’ games will be staged all af­ter­noon and Clark is ex­cited ahead of an im­por­tant date in the club’s sea­son. “We are hop­ing to bring in more peo­ple to the club and this is a key day of the year for us,” he said. “We used to have an an­nual bar­be­cue, but that has now turned into this event, which is our big­gest so­cial event of the year. It’s all about ad­ver­tis­ing our­selves be­cause our ground is some­times quite hard to find as it is hid­den among a load of houses. “We have been very ag­gres­sive with our ad­ver­tis­ing, and it’s all about get­ting new faces and new play­ers through the door.” En­ter­ing its third year, the ECB Club Open Day scheme has proved to be a suc­cess­ful ini­tia­tive, with 900 clubs hold­ing events in 2014 – a 300 per cent in­crease from 2013 – wel­com­ing 116,820 guests, with 9,000 be­com­ing new play­ers, vol­un­teers and so­cial mem­bers. Clubs tak­ing part will en­joy £100 food and drink of­fer from Waitrose to help de­liver their event, and Clark is hop­ing to get many new faces through the door. “Our ju­nior sec­tion is a pri­or­ity,” he added. “Our at­ti­tude is that if we can get them early, then they are likely to stick with us through their teens and into adult­hood.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Club Open Days, sup­ported by Waitrose, in­clud­ing a full list of clubs reg­is­tered, visit ecb.co.uk/ clubopen­days

Ten­ter­den’s Sam Weller, and inset, cel­e­brates tak­ing a wicket against Tun­bridge Wells on Satur­day

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