Du Plooy ends stay but rain spoils day

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Leus du Plooy jet­ted home to South Africa on Sun­day at the end of his sec­ond spell with Ten­ter­den.

The 22-year-old all-rounder man­aged only a sin­gle on his fi­nal ap­pear­ance in an event­ful rain-ru­ined Pre­mier Di­vi­sion con­test against Black­heath at Rec­tory Field the pre­vi­ous day.

Du Plooy re­turns to pre­pare for the new do­mes­tic fran­chise sea­son with VKB Knights, with the long-term aim to play him­self into con­tention for a South Africa A team call-up in the next 18 months.

He scored 635 league runs in 13 in­nings for Ten­ter­den, in­clud­ing two hun­dreds. He leaves the club in fifth place in the ta­ble with 142 points and five games to play, be­gin­ning with a trip to Tun­bridge Wells on Satur­day.

Bowlers dom­i­nated in the 40-plus overs that were pos­si­ble on Satur­day, with Tom Richards and Sam Weller tak­ing two wick­ets each as the home side slumped to 21-4, af­ter Ten­ter­den were shot-out for only 89 – for­mer Kent man War­ren Lee (4-19) and ex-Es­sex seamer Jahid Ahmed (4-17) do­ing the dam­age

Richards said: “It was quite green, and a seam­ers’ wicket, with cloud over and the rain also play­ing their part.

“We played in the rain but it got a lit­tle too heavy.

“We knew from watch­ing the weather radars that it was go­ing to go com­pletely down­hill. It would have been a close game had it gone the dis­tance.”

He added: “There is still work to do to make sure we stay up and we want to fin­ish as high as pos­si­ble. We would like to think we are safe but there is no point in tak­ing any­thing for granted.

“It would have been nice if Leus could have stayed a bit longer but we knew the sit­u­a­tion when he came back.

“He will be mas­sively missed, not only on the pitch, but be­cause he’s a great clubman and you wouldn’t wish to have a bet­ter per­son in the chang­ing room.”

Lee won an im­por­tant toss and put the vis­i­tors in, be­fore re­mov­ing the top three, in­clud­ing skip­per Ben Price (21) and du Plooy with the to­tal 24. Adam Ball and An­drew Craw­ford fol­lowed.

Lin­den Lock­hart held up Black­heath, mak­ing 30 off 69 balls, los­ing part­ners at the other end be­fore be­ing last out.

Richards struck early hav­ing Di­payan Paul held by du Plooy at point be­fore Weller sent back Tan­weer Sikan­dar and Lee. Richards then bowled Jahid for three, be­fore rain fi­nally drove the play­ers off.

Richards will spend this win­ter play­ing in Aus­tralia for the first time.

He has agreed a con­tract with Ko­rum­burra, 75 miles south east of Mel­bourne.

“Our skip­per Ben Price has con­tacts with an agent who has helped ar­range it.

“I am go­ing in late Septem­ber and will be there for six months,” he said.

“Team-mate Jamie Drewe is play­ing for Im­pe­ri­als, 10 min­utes down the road.”

Alis­tair Burge hit 12 fours in an un­beaten 59 for Ten­ter­den 2nds who to­talled 149-5 in 26 overs against Dart­ford 2nds be­fore the match was aban­doned.

Pic­tures: Guy Day

Spec­ta­tors at Ten­ter­den watch­ing the game against the MCC which the hosts won by one wicket with a six by Chris Ver­non off the last ball

Ten­ter­den be­fore fac­ing MCC last Thurs­day dur­ing the club’s cricket week

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