Ver­non’s first hun­dred in vain


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Crickekte) -

Chris Ver­non’s first hun­dred of the sea­son was the high­light as Ten­ter­den slipped to a fivewicket de­feat at home to lead­ers Beck­en­ham on Satur­day.

The opener hit 15 fours in his 107 out of a to­tal of 232-7, with Jo­han Mal­colm’s un­beaten 77 lead­ing the vis­i­tors’ suc­cess­ful re­ply as they chase their first Pre­mier Divi­sion ti­tle since 1983.

Both teams were with­out their Kent play­ers, with Adam Ball and Alex Blake named in the T20 squad for the sea­son’s opener against Es­sex the fol­low­ing day.

Ten­ter­den skip­per Ben Price won the toss and bat­ted but was first out, ad­judged caught and bowled for 19 with the to­tal on 42.

Leus du Plooy missed out on a fifth suc­ces­sive half-cen­tury, caught be­hind for 15, be­fore Lin­den Lock­hart joined Ver­non in a third-wicket stand of 123, ended when Lock­hart fell for 51.

Ver­non reached his hun­dred but was then bowled, Andrew Craw­ford (26 not out) at­tempted to main­tain the mo­men­tum, al­though wick­ets fell at the other end as Ten­ter­den fell short of a par score.

Beck­en­ham open­ers Chris Isles and skip­per Alex Senn set­tled in, putting on 62 in 14 overs, be­fore left-arm spin­ner Ran­jit Singh was in­tro­duced into the at­tack.

He had Iles (45) caught be­hind by Price, then Will MacVicar went to the same com­bi­na­tion, two balls later.

Senn (26) went in Singh’s next over, leav­ing the vis­i­tors 84-3.

Kent Academy wicket-keeper Ol­lie Robin­son, named last week in the Eng­land un­der-19 squad to face In­dia, made 35, be­fore be­ing held by Price off du Plooy (158-4).

Sam Weller re­moved Adam Senn (21) to make it 192-5 but Mal­colm (eight fours and a six) stayed to win the game in the penul­ti­mate over.

The de­feat drops Ten­ter­den one place to fifth, ahead of the trip to sec­ond-placed Bex­ley on Satur­day.

A fine all-round per­for­mance earned Ten­ter­den 2nds a 152-run win in the cor­re­spond­ing fix­ture at Fox­grove Road.

Ben Dak­ing (90), Al­is­tair Burge (68 not out) and Har­ri­son Wells (51) all fea­tured in a to­tal of 267-3, be­fore the bowlers got to work, dis­miss­ing Beck­en­ham for only 115. Reuben Colling­woood (3-25) and Scott Free­man (2-10) ac­counted for the top or­der, be­fore Sam Jones and Luke Man­gold whipped out the tail.

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