Late onslaught proves costly
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.