Town lose top spot as mid­dle or­der fal­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ash­ford Town con­ceded top spot in Divi­sion 3 af­ter a five-wicket de­feat at home to Or­p­ing­ton on Satur­day. The third loss of the cam­paign saw them de­posed for the first time this sea­son, slip­ping be­hind new lead­ers Harvel and se­cond-placed Cat­ford & Cyphers. Skip­per Liam Tegg hit 73 but Town lost their way, suf­fer­ing a mini col­lapse, with three bats­man out for ducks in a to­tal of 207. Con­sis­tent bat­ting proved the key in Or­p­ing­ton’s re­ply, led by 47 not out from wick­et­keeper Alex Watts as they got home with nine balls to spare. Town trio Fraser Har­ri­son, Si­mon Tay­lor and Matt Death all failed to score be­fore keeper Jack Richard­son (35 not out) and Luke Perkins (30 not out) boosted things, al­though Peter Shields (3) and Craig Buck­ham (13) were both run out in the clos­ing stages. Perkins, Phil Woodger, Buck­ham and Tegg all took a wicket each for Ash­ford. Town 2nds just missed out on vic­tory at Hart­ley Coun­try Club 4ths in Divi­sion 5. Dar­ren Cooper, with a rapid 24 not out, took them to within three runs of their tar­get, hav­ing joined skip­per Neil Tegg (17 not out) with 27 still needed. Town fin­ished on 221-7. David Ling took 4-79 in Hart­ley’s to­tal of 223-7 – Rus­sell Ben­nett mak­ing an un­beaten 51.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4850526

The Or­p­ing­ton keeper takes eva­sive ac­tion as Ash­ford’s Jack Richard­son is bowled by Alex Hard­ing

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