An­other Gra­ham ton not enough for a win

Kent Re­gional League

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cricket -

Stu­art Gra­ham con­tin­ued his per­sonal run-fest with a sec­ond suc­ces­sive hun­dred – but still fin­ished on the los­ing side.

The pro­lific Stowt­ing bats­man hit his ninth ton of the sea­son in all cricket – 125 out of a to­tal of 200 in the 2B East con­test at St Mar­garet’s 2nds.

The Dover vil­lagers replied with 203-6 to win by four wick­ets with as many balls to spare.

Stowt­ing’s third de­feat of the sea­son sees them now level on points (142) at the top of the ta­ble with Street End.

Mer­sham Sports claimed their sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son – a com­pre­hen­sive eight-wicket home win over Rod­mer­sham. Alan Stevens (4-32) and three wick­ets each for Matthew and Dave Fagg put the Pre­mier Divi­sion’s bot­tom side in con­trol, re­duc­ing the vis­i­tors to 113 all out.

Daniel Har­man (38 not out) then led the re­ply, Mer­sham’s vic­tory clos­ing the gap on Wick­ham Park to four points.

Boughton & East­well’s strug­gles in Cham­pi­onship East con­tin­ued with a 62-run de­feat against Mar­gate-based Nel­son.

Set 234 to win, B&E lost six wick­ets for 41 runs, with Isaac Car­ney (38), Chris Wills (25) and Joey Grif­fiths (18 not out) the only three play­ers to reach dou­ble fig­ures in a to­tal of 171, boosted by 22 ex­tras.

Wye’s Matt Barnes (4-14) and Daniel No­den (4-15) shared the bowl­ing hon­ours in the 119-run 1A East win over Rams­gate Corinthi­ans.

Barnes claimed both open­ers for ducks, Shan­non’s two-wicket burst then re­duced the Thanet side to 5-4 at one stage be­fore be­ing all out for 92.

Open­ers Stu­art Wise (50) and Barnes (22) put on 80 for the first wicket, be­fore Wye suf­fered a blip them­selves, slip­ping to 92-5.

Daniel Jones res­cued things, hit­ting 11 fours and a six in his 63. He and Keith Se­crett (17 not out) car­ry­ing them home on 211-9.

Lead­ers Salt­wood (133-7) stay top af­ter a three-wicket win at Mar­gate (132-9, Ian Oakes 4-14)

Ken­ning­ton suf­fered a last-over de­feat, los­ing by four wick­ets at home to Sel­sted.

Ag­gres­sive knocks by Dan Matcham (54) and Stu­art Green (42) saw the vis­i­tors home with four balls to spare.

Jon Ghaemian (71 not out) and Ian Hughes (57) both hit 10 fours in Ken­ning­ton’s to­tal of 211-6.

Opener Matt Statham made 88 not out but it wasn’t enough, as Willes­bor­ough (188-7) fin­ished 12 runs short at 1B East lead­ers Sturry (200, Ab­dul Ma­lik 6-38).

Bradlee Sharpe hit a ca­reer-best 118, – his sec­ond hun­dred in four matches – as Mer­sham Sports 2nds (193-2) won by eight wick­ets at Folke­stone 3rds.

Jack Price fin­ished 66 not out to lead Ash­ford Town 3rds (151-8) home by two wick­ets at Ex­iles at Stelling Min­nis (150) in 1C East.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4839851

Ten­ter­den skip­per Ben Price dur­ing his in­nings of 19 against Beck­en­ham at Morghew Park on Satur­day

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4839847

Ten­ter­den’s Leus du Plooy caught by Kent Academy keeper Ol­lie Robin­son off the bowl­ing of Wil­liam MacVicar for 15 against Beck­en­ham

Pic­ture: Andy Jones

Stu­art Gra­ham – scored 125 out of Stowt­ing’s to­tal of 200

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