Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket Premier League, week 11 review

Sunday 16th July 2017

Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket Premier League, week 11 review

Ollie Robinson scored 81 and took three catches as Beckenham beat Blackheath to stay top of the Shepherd Neame Kent Premier League.

The Kent Cricket Academy scholar hit nine boundaries as he top-scored in a total of 204 with Jos Siddall scoring 52.

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In reply, opening bowlers Tabish Khan and Will MacVicar took four wickets each as Blackheath were dismissed for 179.

Bexley stayed second with a comprehensive win at home to Tenterden.

The hosts opted to field first and skittled the visitors for 102 with the wickets shared between all six bowlers including Adam Riley who struck with his third ball to end the innings.

In reply, Chris Laas (42) saw Bexley home with a 66-run opening stand with Calum Basey (46) on the way to a seven-wicket win.

Newcomers Holmesdale recorded their first Premier League win in their history, at 2016 champions Hartley Country Club.

James Hockley (88) and Richard Selvey-Clinton (103) shared a 150-run opening stand with the latter sharing another 117 partnership with Dominic Hendricks as the runs flowed on an excellent batting pitch.

Will McDowell (2/47) and Luke Blackaby (2/50) struck as the hosts posted 305-6.

In reply, Holmesdale were set 318 to win off 47 overs thanks to the Duckworth-Lewis method.

The title holders struck early to reduce Holmesdale to 60-3 before the middle order accelerated.

A mammoth 179-run stand by Michael Davidson (77 off 80 balls) and Luke Blackaby (139 off 102) was the difference between the sides.

Holmesdale reached the target with four wickets and three balls to spare to spark celebrations as the newly promoted club earned its first win in 10 months.

Lordswood’s top order suffered a trio of run-outs as they lost a curtailed contest against third-placed Sandwich Town at The Butts.

The visitors posted 201 for four in 45 overs and Sandwich were set a revised target of 212.

The hosts lost regular wickets in pursuit of the win with Kent second XI regulars Kai Appleby (48) and Grant Stewart (85*).

Hugh Bernard took 2/41 in nine overs for Lordswood with James Anyon (3/36) the pick of the visitors’ attack.

Stewart struck six fours and six sixes to shepherd the tail as his 69-ball cameo proved the difference as they sealed victory with 13 balls to spare.

In the West, Tunbridge Wells won at Sevenoaks Vine featuring batsman Zak Crawley.

Crawley won the toss and elected to bat – scoring 31 off 36 balls in a total of 257-6. Chris Williams picked up 4/54 for Wells.

His opening partner Karl Pearson top-scored with 126 and Max Aitken hit 50.

In reply, Michael Waller carried his bat with a perfectly-paced 106 not out as they won with only a ball to spare. Crawley took 1/47 for Vine.

In Division One, Imran Qayyum scored 39 and conceded 27 runs in a wicketless 10-over spell for Bromley as they beat Dartford by 48 runs with Charlie Hartley scoring 34 for the visitors.

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