De­feat as top or­der miss out

Ten­ter­den

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ten­ter­den lost for only the sec­ond time this sea­son in the Shep­herd Neame Kent League Premier Di­vi­sion, go­ing down by 32 runs at Bex­ley on Satur­day.

The weather caused prob­lems for the sec­ond week run­ning, de­lay­ing pro­ceed­ings for two hours and re­duc­ing the con­test to 35 overs per side.

Skip­per Te­vis Knight won the toss and put the home side in. They were re­stricted to 158-9, only for Ten­ter­den to be bowled out for 126.

Sam Weller (44) and Tim Curteis (19) added 60 for the ninth wicket, hav­ing come to­gether with the score 60-8, earn­ing praise from their skip­per.

Knight ad­mit­ted: “We knew some­thing like this would hap­pen dur­ing the sea­son, but the way our cam­paign has kicked off, it was dis­ap­point­ing.

“Sam and Tim showed good fight­ing spirit, dug in, and helped us gain two very valu­able bat­ting points.

“It was very un­likely we were ever go­ing to win the game, so the pres­sure was off them, but they en­joyed them­selves.”

Knight added: “It was frus­trat­ing, and you were al­ways look­ing at what the weather was do­ing, and it was dif­fi­cult to to­tally fo­cus on the game.

“We didn’t start un­til two o’clock, and had we not started then, it was A Griggs b Weller ..............................12 C Laas c Weller b Richards ...............42 A Jain lbw b Ver­non ..........................19 M Stid­dard lbw b Ball..........................2 L Terry c Rand b Ball ..........................2 G Ha­ley st Price b Curteis..................25 U Jan c Ball b Weller .........................19 J Benn lbw b Weller ............................7 J Bas­san lbw b Richards .....................1 H Furze not out ...................................4 M Steven­son not out ...........................5 Ex­tras ...............................................20 un­likely we would have started at all. The wicket was low and slow and the out­field was the same, un­able to be cut dur­ing the week.

“Our top or­der didn’t fire, but to their credit Bex­ley bowled and fielded very well, and we were slightly out­played by the bet­ter side on the day.”

Weller had fig­ures of 3-26, tak­ing his to­tal of wick­ets for the sea­son to 21, while Tom Richards recorded 2-35, and Adam Ball 2-18.

Ten­ter­den lost open­ers An­drew Craw­ford and Chris Ver­non with the score on 19. Bharat Po­pli and Ball both fell to catches be­hind, with Ben Price, Knight and Tyler Grif­fin all re­moved in the space of five runs, and Richards fol­low­ing them back to the pavil­ion soon af­ter­wards.

Weller’s 38-ball knock in­cluded two sixes and two fours. He was sup­ported well by Curteis who faced 49 de­liv­er­ies. Z Ah­mad b Bris­tow-Di­a­mond ..............8 L Bryan b Parker .................................0 M King b Parker ..................................4 P Pa­tel c Rus­sell b Free­man..............55 K Maru b Parker..................................0 M Aj­maya b Bris­tow-Di­a­mond...........21 J Ram­sey b Sparks ...........................56 S Davis not out ...................................9 S Saikia c Free­man b Sparks ..............7 J Poole c Dak­ing b Sparks ..................0 C Ja­cob c Dewe b Knight ....................4 Ex­tras ...............................................11

Ten­ter­den travel to bot­tom-club Dart­ford on Satur­day, re­new­ing ri­valry with the side who went up with them, as Di­vi­sion 1 cham­pi­ons last sea­son.

Knight said: “It’s a mas­sive, ab­so­lute must-win game for us.

“We have been talk­ing to peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enced in Premier Di­vi­sion cricket, and they reckon 140 points will put us in good stead as we look to pre­serve our spot for next sea­son, which is an­other cou­ple of wins.”

Mean­while Di­vi­sion 1 lead­ers Ten­ter­den 2nds made it seven wins in a row with a 74-run vic­tory over Bick­ley Park.

Ben Dak­ing hit 92, in­clud­ing 13 fours and a six, with Luke Man­gold (49), Rob Sparks (33 not out) and Paddy Collins (30) all fea­turiug in a to­tal of 249-7.

Jay Parker (3-33) and Sparks (314 in five overs) then led the way with the ball as Bick­ley Park were dis­missed for 175.

Sam Weller skip­pered Ox­ford to a 37-run vic­tory over Lough­bor­ough in the MCC Uni­ver­si­ties fi­nal at Lord’s on Tues­day.

The Kent young­ster hit 36 off 34 balls with three fours and two sixes, as the Dark Blues re­cov­ered from 81-4 to reach 267-9 in their 50 overs.

Weller re­turned to the at­tack to dis­miss Lough­bor­ough’s Sam Grant, be­fore they were even­tu­ally dis­missed for 230.

‘It was frus­trat­ing. . . we didn’t start un­til two o’clock’

D Foad lbw b Neame ..........................1 D Wood run out.................................20 A Crouch c Sutton b Was­sell .............11 J Col­bran c Was­sell b Neame..............4 J Cran­nis c Pum­frett b Neame ..........11 J Rod­way b Was­sell ..........................15 I Davies st Sutton b G Ken­nett ...........11 C Se­nior lbw b G Ken­nett ....................9 J Diedrick not out ...............................8 T Beech b G Ken­nett ...........................9 D Cooper b Weller ...............................0 Ex­tras ...............................................12 P Max­ton c B Spence b Hus­sain ..........0 M Barns­ley b N Muham­mad................3 A Pa­tel lbw b Hus­sain .........................0 K Kent b Mo­hammed ..........................4 P Cor­ner c H Spence b Van Der Dol ...15 S West b Bishop................................17 M Martin c H Spence b Van Der Dol ....1 R Paige b Bishop.................................0 J Isard not out.....................................0 Ex­tras ...............................................15 M Har­ris c Ay­lott b A Car­ney ...............6 O Rule c Gray b A Car­ney ....................1 D May­all c New­man b Gray .................3 T Mitchell not out ................................6 Ex­tras .................................................5 P Ben­nett b Billing ............................76 S Coul­son c Dak­ing b Velvick ..............4 D Mchugh st Wel­lard b Sparks ..........16 J Wider­strom c Fen­wick b Sparks .....11 A West c&b Hope ..............................39 A Cork b Cot­trell................................12 J Cork not out ...................................12 F Wel­don c Harper b Man­gold .............6 R Ste­wart b Hope ................................1 G Watkins run out ..............................1 H Mansell not out................................1 Ex­tras ...............................................21 O Piper b Curd ....................................8 S Earle run out ....................................4 R Knight c Curd b Hal­l­i­day.................42 J Knight Jnr c Feeney b Hal­l­i­day .........4 G Wool­lett c Vant-Har­ri­son b Feeney .20 P Watcham b Vant-Har­ri­son ..............27 M Rams­den b Hal­l­i­day ......................14 H Pelling-Smith c Shields b De Sarkar..5 T Knight (Snr) not out ..........................1 Ex­tras ...............................................20 Hart­ley ............ 7 1 2 3 14 16 70 Offham ........... 7 3 2 2 6 4 66 High Hal­stow .. 7 3 0 3 1 6 64 Bette­shanger .. 7 2 1 4 6 10 52 Shoot­ers Hill ... 7 2 0 4 5 9 51

Beck­en­ham v Black­heath, Brom­ley v Bex­ley, Dart­ford v Ten­ter­den, Lordswood v Hart­ley Coun­try Club, Tun­bridge Wells v Sevenoaks Vine.

Ash­ford Town v Hythe, Brom­ley Com­mon v Non­ing­ton, Gravesend v St Lawrence & High­land Court, Old Wil­so­ni­ans v Bick­ley Park, Upchurch v Sibton Park.

Black­heath v Beck­en­ham, Bick­ley Park v Lin­den Park, Can­ter­bury v Gravesend, Holmes­dale v Brom­ley Com­mon, Ten­ter­den v The Mote.

Bette­shanger Col­liery Wel­fare v Ash­ford Town, Brom­ley Town v Cow­drey, Chisle­hurst & West Kent v Bapchild, Offham v High Hal­stow, Shoot­ers Hill v Hart­ley Coun­try Club.

Bex­ley 3rds v Hol­bor­ough An­cho­ri­ans, Black­heath Wan­der­ers City of Lon­don v Brom­ley Town, Dart­for­dians v The Roe­bucks, High Hal­stow v Mer­sham Sports, Holling­bourne v Shoot­ers Hill.

Folkestone 3rds v Mar­gate, Ken­ning­ton v Can­ter­bury 3rds, Salt­wood v Wye, Worth v Boughton & East­well.

Dover Cos­mopoli­tans v Sturry, East Lang­don v Street End, Hawkinge v El­ham Val­ley, Sel­sted v Rams­gate Corinthian, Stowt­ing v Hythe Green.

Ex­iles at Stelling Min­nis v Ash­ford Town 3rds, Lit­tle­bourne 3rds v Non­ing­ton 3rds, St Mar­garet’ 2nds v Folkestone 4ths.

Borstal 2nds v Old Wil­liamso­ni­ans 2nds, Cob­ham 2nds v West­gate-On-Sea 2nds, Deal Vic­to­ria & Barns Close 2nds v Lit­tle­bourne 2nds, Hol­combe & Blue Bell Hill 2nds v Walmer 2nds, Mer­sham Sports 2nds v Leeds & Broom­field 2nds.

Herne Bay v Sand­wich Town 4ths, Min­ster v Nel­son 2nds, Whit­stable 3rds v Ken­ning­ton 2nds, Willes­bor­ough v Ash 2nds.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4388696

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