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Kenton are just Two good for Wycombe

PUBLISHED: 11:35 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:15 24 August 2010

KENTON (187-3) beat WYCOMBE HOUSE (186) by seven wickets KENTON leapt into the top two in Division Three with their second win on the bounce as all-rounder Ashish Karia and captain David Sweeney combined to bring about the demise of Wycombe House...

KENTON (187-3) beat WYCOMBE HOUSE (186) by seven wickets

KENTON leapt into the top two in Division Three with their second win on the bounce as all-rounder Ashish Karia and captain David Sweeney combined to bring about the demise of Wycombe House.

Sweeney won the toss and chose to bowl but his side made heavy work of their opponents' openers and Wycombe reached 113-5 as they looked for their first win of the season.

However that was as good as it got for the home side and Sweeney racked up figures of 5-63 as Kenton swept through the middle order and tail enders to restrict House to 186 all out from 53 overs.

Deepak Singh and Schophn Jooma began the Kenton innings with strong batting performances, recording 23 and 20 respectively, but the match really turned when Karia came in at number three.

Having taken 1-15 from eight overs with the ball, he slammed away at the crease and finished on 79 not out with Rishi Kotecha and then Kaushal Patel making 32 and 15 in turn at the other end.

Kenton raced to their target and finished the match on 187-3 from 39 overs, winning the game emphatically and delighting their captain.

At the start of the season Sweeney told the Times that he was looking for a serious promotion bid this time around, a claim which looked rather optimistic after his side finished bottom of last year's table.

However there is no arguing with Kenton's recent run of results, and the skipper revealed this week that his side are only just getting started.

"It was a good win and I think, batting second and chasing 186, we made it look quite easy," said Sweeney.

"It was a great batting performance, everyone chipped in and Ash did well to get 79 not out, especially as he's been playing with a hamstring injury.

"We're in the top two with three games gone so, although it's still very early in the season, things are looking good for us.

"I don't feel we've hit top gear yet, I think we're still feeling our way into the season and hopefully there's a lot more to come."

This weekend Kenton host Ickenham, another side who have yet to win this season.


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