Kent Cricket League Round-Up: Bromley pick up win

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Kent Cricket League Round-Up: Bromley pick up win

There were a couple of surprise results in the Premier Division matches of the Kent Cricket League, with top of the table Bexley suffering a home defeat, losing by 33 runs to Sevenoaks Vine.

Bottom club Bromley got a much needed victory, beating Tunbridge Wells at The Nevill Ground. Blackheath enjoyed a successful weekend, playing league matches on both Saturday and Sunday and winning both of them.

Sevenoaks scored 203 for 8, at Manor Way, Luke Schlemmer 52, Kent’s young bowler and Academy scholar, Jas Singh, took 3 for 37, but found himself on the losing side, as Bexley were bowled out for 170, to suffer their first defeat in five matches.

Ryan Cartwright scored 38, and former Kent players, Adam Ball and Adam Riley 33, and 20 respectively. Four Vine players Miles Richardson, Andrew Reid-Dick, Luke Schlemmer and Harry Bevan-Thomas all took two wickets apiece.

In their first weekend match away to Beckenham, visitors Blackheath won by five wickets after being set a revised Duckworth/Lewis target, after some overs were lost to the rain.

The home side scored 181 for 8 from their 50 overs, Arafat Bhuyan 4 for 47. The visitors then reached their revised target of 155 from 38 overs reaching 159 for 5 in 35.2, Mahi Mahfuzul 49 not out, Harry Jones 3 for 35.

Blackheath’s Sunday fixture away to Sevenoaks Vine was a re-arranged match previously cancelled due to Covid issues and once again the weather, and a D/L target helped them to an eight wicket victory. The Vine scored 287 for 7,  Evert Becker 68, Anthony Shales 65, Mehedi Abbas 3 for 65.

Requiring a revised target of just 163, Blackheath hit the winning runs off in just 18 overs, 166 for 2, Dipayan Paul 69 not out, Tanweer Sikanda 59.

Lewis Hickford was 70 not out as Bromley chased down their winning target 163 for 4, for their six wicket away success, having bowled Wells out for 160, Jam Ali 4 for 27.

The other two Premier Division matches were unfinished due to the weather intervening.

Holmesdale were 131 all out away to Lordswood, Carlos Maynard, 54, Taylor Chandler 3 for 32, but the home side were unable to start their innings. Sandwich, faced just one over and were 0 for 0, when rain ended the match, at home to Bickley Park, who had made 182 for 8 from their 50 overs.

Minster (Sheppey) have a two point advantage over Hayes in Division One, after a thumping 92 run victory over HSBC (Kent), with two centurians in their massive score of 369 for 4.

Edward Moore scored 155, with 12 boundaries, and the same number of sixes, and James Thompson hit nine fours and eight sixes, in his 115 in their partnership of 158.

The visitors were then bowled out for 172, Sadiq Hassan 45, Chris Piesley, 4 for 39.

Hayes were three wicket winners at The Mote, after the home side reached 222 for 9, Jason White 66, Chris Back 54, David Giles 4 for 33.

Former Kent Second XI player, Will MacVicar, then hit 75 runs as the visitors won in the 48th over, at 226 for 7.

Folkestone beat bottom club Sidcup by nine wickets, only having to reach 109 for 1 for their success, on a revised target off 37 overs, Chris Jay 54 not out, Shaheer Malik 42, after the visitors had struggled to 91 for 8 from 36.5 when rain intervened, Stuart Graham, 5 for 17.

Canterbury lost by six wickets away to Linden Park, crawling to 107 for 9 from their overs, Carlin Tapp, 4 for 9, for the home side, who knocked the winning runs off in 19.1 overs,110 for 4, Roshan Jayatisa 40 not out.

The match between St Lawrence and Highland Court and Bromley Common was another victim of the weather and was incomplete.

The visitors were unable to start their innings after St Lawrence were 165 for 8 in 47 overs, when the weather intervened to end the match.

By Peter Burrowes

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