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Cowdrey shines with bat and ball for Lordswood

Sunday 29th May 2016

Men’s First Team

In-form all-rounder Fabian Cowdrey impressed with bat and ball as Lordswood won convincingly at Dartford in the Shepherd Neame Kent Premier League.

After hosts invited the visitors to bat first, the 23-year-old Kent all-rounder made Dartford regret their decision.

Lordswood lost opener Michael French but Cowdrey (121) and captain Linden Lockhart (123) added 248 for the second wicket as they scored 281 for four.

In reply, ex-Sussex ‘keeper Callum Jackson led the resistance with 74 but Cowdrey was the pick of the attack with 3/35 as Dartford were dismissed for 153 in 41.2 overs.

Hartley won at home to Blackheath in a low-scoring contest with Warren Lee’s 53 the top score for the visitors before Dan Stickels (73) helped the hosts chase down the 187 victory target with 5.4 overs to spare.

Tunbridge Wells got the better of a high-scoring affair at Bromley to climb to the top of the table, albeit having played a game more than their closest rivals.

After being inserted by the hosts, Chris Williams (62) and Michael Waller (82) put on 100 for the opening wicket as the visitors reached 258 for nine.

Matt Smit (4/49) and James Butterfill (2/26) were the only bowlers to keep the scoring in check.

In reply, Alex Williams took 4/33 as Bromley fell 27 runs short of the target to win.

Bexley won at home in a low-scoring match against Sevenoaks Vine.

Usman Jan and Jasdev Bassan took three wickets each as Vine were dismissed for 161 with a ball to spare before Aryan Jain’s 73 helped to guide Bexley home with three overs left.

Newcomers Tenterden continued their strong start to the season with a two-wicket win at home to Beckenham.

Beckenham were bowed out for a disappointing 201 with 4 and a half overs to go on a decent track down at Morghew Park. Those extra overs were crucial. Kent seamer Sam Weller (3-30) and Chris Vernon (3-22) both bowled with great discipline.

Ben Price led the way for Tenterden with 60 and despite decent figures by Will MacVicar (3-39) and Peter Walters (3-32), Tenterden got home with two wickets in hand and just over 7 overs to spare.

The Beckenham spinners fought back towards the end but Alistair Neale held firm with an unbeaten 23 and guided the home side across the line.