Poor start with bat sets the tone

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ten­ter­den en­dured a dis­ap­point­ing day in a seven-wicket Premier Divi­sion de­feat at Bex­ley on Satur­day.

Put into bat, they never re­cov­ered from a poor start re­duced to 11-3 at one stage be­fore be­ing dis­missed for 102 – their low­est score of the sea­son.

Adam Ball took two wick­ets in suc­ces­sive balls for Ten­ter­den but that was as good as it got for the vis­i­tors, as Bex­ley eased home with more than half their overs to spare.

Ten­ter­den’s third de­feat in five games leaves them sev­enth. They are one of three clubs on 117 points, in­clud­ing Lordswood and de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Hart­ley, beaten for the sev­enth time this sea­son by bot­tom club Holmes­dale, who visit Morghew Park on Satur­day.

Skip­per Ben Price was first to go for a fourth-ball duck, with Leus du Plooy caught be­hind for one and Adam Ball (0), out se­cond ball, soon fol­low­ing.

Chris Ver­non made 17 be­fore be­ing fourth out with the score on 23, be­fore Lin­den Lock­hart and An­drew Craw­ford re­sisted for a time.

Lock­hart faced 56 balls for his 30, in­clud­ing four fours, be­fore be­ing bowled (68-5), then Jamie Drewe was trapped leg be­fore for one (75-6).

Craw­ford (23) fell to a catch be­hind (87-8), be­fore Sam Weller was the third bats­men to fail to trou­ble the scor­ers, out one run later.

Ran­jit Singh was run out for 10, with Tom Richards last man out for 1.

Open­ers Christo­pher Laas and Calum Basey gave Bex­ley a good start with a stand of 66.

Ball cap­tured Basey (46 off 35 balls with nine fours) and Aryan Jain, but Laas (42 not out) stayed to fin­ish things off.

Alis­tair Burge’s first hun­dred of the sea­son helped Ten­ter­den 2nds (251-8) to a two-wicket win over Bex­ley (248-8) in the re­verse Premier 2nd Xl fix­ture.

Burge struck eight fours and seven sixes in his 84-ball 103, as the hosts won with nine balls to spare.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4850538

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