Late on­slaught proves costly


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ten­ter­den fin­ished sec­ond best against Tun­bridge Wells in a stop-start Kent League, Premier Di­vi­sion con­test at The Nevill on Satur­day.

Rain in­ter­rup­tions had left them need­ing to make 206 in 32 overs in a re­vised Duck­worthLewis tar­get but they fell short, fin­ish­ing on 154-9 to lose by 52 runs.

The game-changer was a stand of 89 off 69 balls be­tween Mar­cus O’Rior­dan and Wells’ over­seas player Nick Sale who made the Ten­ter­den at­tack pay, car­ry­ing their side from a mod­est 163-5 to a com­pet­i­tive 261-6 in an ex­pen­sive fi­nal 10 overs for the vis­i­tors.

The de­feat leaves Ten­ter­den fifth, 38 points ahead of sec­ond­bot­tom Sevenoaks Vine, one of three sides they still have to play in the fi­nal month of the sea­son.

Ben Price won the toss and put Wells in. Tom Richards, Sam Weller and spin­ner Ran­jit Singh claimed a wicket each as Wells reached 85-3. Skip­per Chris Wil­liams (52) was fourth out at 109 be­fore Singh turned one past Chris­tian Davis (49) to make it 163-5.

O’Rior­dan and Sale then took over, scor­ing at eight an over, with Ali Neale’s nine overs cost­ing 80.

Ten­ter­den reached 15-0, be­fore the rain re­turned, DL tak­ing over.

Chris Vernon, Price and Lin­den Lock­hart went as Ten­ter­den moved to 50-3.

Alis­tair Burge and Tyler Grif­fin fol­lowed in the space of four runs be­fore An­drew Crawford and Jamie Drewe hit 34 off six overs.

Wick­ets con­tin­ued to fall, be­fore last pair Singh and Richards added 31 with the game long over as a con­test.

Te­vis Knight hit 67 (11 fours) and took 4-37 as Ten­ter­den 2nds (247-8) bowled out Wells 2nds for 166 to win by 81 runs at Morghew Park. Skip­per Tim Rus­sell hit 52.

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