There’s no stop­ping Gra­ham


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cricket -

No­body is en­joy­ing the sum­mer more than Stu­art Gra­ham.

The Stowting all-rounder ham­mered 13 fours and five sixes in his lat­est cen­tury, a 55ball un­beaten 101 – 83 of them came in a match-win­ning stand with skip­per Craig Hard­ing (18 not out).

It was Gra­ham’s eighth hun­dred of the sea­son in all games for the club this sea­son.

Stowting needed only 19 overs to reach a vic­tory tar­get of 152, in a six-wicket 2B East win over Whit­stable 3rds.

Gra­ham (pic­tured) had ear­lier taken 2-5 in the visi­tors’ to­tal of 151-9.

Skip­per Craig Man­ner­ing’s un­beaten 47 set up Boughton & East­well’s first Cham­pi­onship East win of the sea­son.

Need­ing 128 to end an eight­match los­ing streak, the Ash­ford vil­lagers suf­fered a dra­matic col­lapse, dip­ping from 62-1 to 69-7 against Sand­wich Town 3rds, be­fore Man­ner­ing and Chris Wills (15 not out) fin­ished the job with an un­beaten stand of 61 to see their side home by three wick­ets.

Isaac Car­ney (26) and Gray (22) ear­lier added 50 for the se­cond wicket, be­fore wick­ets tum­bled quickly.

Wills (3-14) and An­drew Car­ney (3-12 in 10 overs) were the pick of the B&E bowlers.

David Gray and wicket-keeper Ed­ward Schryver claimed two catches apiece.

Open­ers Stu­art Wise and John Web­ster guided Wye to a 10-wicket win at home to Can­ter­bury 3rds in 1A East.

Web­ster hit 10 fours in his 48 from 95 balls, while Wise made an un­beaten 44 off 86 de­liv­er­ies, in­clud­ing seven bound­aries, in a stand of 120 span­ning 29 overs.

Alex Wat­son (4-30) and Mark Shan­non (3-25) spear­headed the Wye at­tack, help­ing bowl out Can­ter­bury for only 119.

Lewis Back (95 not out) and Matthew Nash (51) fea­tured in Willes­bor­ough’s 72-run win over Folke­stone 3rds in 1B East.

They were the ma­jor Left, Stowting’s Stu­art Gra­ham – has scored eight cen­turies for the club so far this sea­son con­trib­u­tors in a to­tal of 235-5, be­fore Martin Ban­ning’s 3-30 helped re­strict the visi­tors to 163-6.

Ten­ter­den 3rds pair Oliver Pot­ter (3-8) and Luke Man­gold (3-15) played a big part in bowl­ing out Boughton & East­well 2nds for only 94 in a 79-run win in 1C East.

Henry Pelling Smith hit 51 in Ten­ter­den’s 172-7.

Dan Lett (74 not out) and Luke Andrews with 52 just failed to get Ash­ford Town 3rds (185-9) home.

The visi­tors lost by three runs at Lit­tle­bourne 3rds (1884). Only two other bats­man mak­ing dou­ble fig­ures proved Town’s down­fall.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4831266

Ten­ter­den 3rds’ Luke Man­gold looks back but the ball didnt carry to Boughton & East­well 2nds’ keeper James Wo­mack

Pic­tures: Paul Amos FM4831256, left; FM4831251

Left, Ten­ter­den 3rds’ Luke Man­gold. Above, Boughton & East­well 2nds’ John Ho­p­ley bowl­ing against Ten­ter­den 3rds

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