Captain's century not quite enough
TENTERDEN'S captain fantastic Andy Crawford hit a magnificent unbeaten 128 on Saturday to guide his team to a winning draw against Broadstairs.
The Den struggled in their opening game of the season at Folkestone but this was just what the skipper ordered to get his side's league campaign back on track.
Crawford knew that his team needed to bounce back strongly and he led from the front hitting a superb hundred off only 139 balls.
Crawford was typically modest about his sparkling innings: "I just tried to bat through the innings and set up a total for our bowlers/
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"Tim Chanda was brilliant all day but we just couldn't bowl Broadstairs out to get the 20 points we deserved".
Winning the toss and batting first on a slow wicket which offered little to the seam bowler, Crawford was in imperious form as he raced to a fifty out of the first 69 runs scored.
He was ably supported by Indian star Timir Chanda as the two added 115 for the third wicket.
Chanda struck a powerful 67 off only 89 balls, including a towering six over extra cover.
The total of 252 was always going to be a tough ask for Broadstairs and it became even harder when Chanda destroyed the top order with an opening burst of 3-25 from 10 overs. Dan MacDonald took a superb slip catch and the fielding was lively throughout.
Ali Neale (2-37) and Tim Curteis (2-16) spun the ball but the batsmen dug in and in the end the overs ran out for Tenterden.
Chanda did manage to take another wicket in his second spell to end with figures of 15-7-30-4 to capping a fine all round performance.
Tenterden 2nds' perfect start to the season continued with a sound beating of Broadstairs at Morghew Park on Saturday.
Ben Daking led the way with a superb all-round display as he took 3-36 with the ball and followed it up with 96 with the bat – narrowly missing out on a deserved hundred.
Veteran Nick Hall produced a masterful opening spell of 10 overs, 1-4, and this set the tone of the innings with the batsmen unable to score at a consistent rate.
Bradley Hobbs with his slow off-spinners was the star with 5-61 and a total of 188 was never likely to be enough.
Daking's 96 included 13 boundaries and one huge six and he was ably supported by Simon Berry (35) in a third wicket stand of 97.
Captain Tim Russell was suitably upbeat after a victory which leaves Tenterden second in the table.
He said: "Team spirit is high and we have a really exciting group of players this year."