Kent Cricket League Round-Up: Sandwich consolidate lead

Monday 21st June 2021

Kent Cricket League Round-Up: Sandwich consolidate lead

An excellent innings of 93 by Zak Fagg, with 10 fours and three sixes, helped Premier Division leaders Sandwich Town to 265 for 7 and a 21 run victory over Holmesdale, who were all out for 244 in 49.1 overs.

Rob Goatham made 57, and Kent Academy scholar and Second XI player Joe Gordon scored 28 for the home side. Ben Fawcitt took 2 for 23 and Anthony Bissett 2 for 31.

Bissett then scored 59, and wicketkeeper Carlos Maynard 90, with eight boundaries and two sixes, but the visitors fell short of their winning target.

Kent paceman Nathan Gilchrist took 2 for 54 for Sandwich, and the pick of their bowlers was Rory Smith, with 4 for 25.

Bexley gained a massive 94-run victory over Lordswood at Manor Way, despite the visitors’ Tom Davis completing a hat trick in his 4 for 41, as the home side racked up 246 for 7. Matthew Stiddard 82, Ben Aldred 61.

Lordswood in reply slumped to 152 all out, in 46 overs, when they batted, Scottish international Calum MacLeod hitting 73 runs for them.

Former Kent left-armer Adam Ball took 2 for 35 for the home side, and Freddie Foster, an impressive 4 for 23, and there was two wickets apiece for Ryan Cartwright and Marcus Ritson.

Sevenoaks Vine proved too strong for bottom of the division Bromley with a 75 run victory. Michael Cowdrey scored 68, Luke Schlemmer 64 and Chris Vernon 50, in Vines 273 for 6, Amish Patel 2 for 21, Martel Evens 2 for 54 and Kent’s Hamid Qadri 1 for 56.

Qadri then surprisingly opened the Bromley innings, but was out for three runs, in the visitors 198 for 9, Nick Bluett 73, Andrew Reid-Dick 3 for 45.

Bickley Park were six wicket winners at home to Blackheath, who made 218 for 6 from their 50 overs.

Park knocked the victory runs off, 219 for 4, in 43.4 overs. For the visitors, Jack Hersh hit 71, and Tanweer Sikanda 58. Kent’s Second XI bowler Elliot Hooper was amongst the wickets with 4 for 54. Bickley’s wicketkeeper Safwaan Imitiaz scored 92, with seven boundaries and two sixes, in their total.

Tunbridge Wells were in good form as they won away at Beckenham, by 44 runs, scoring 196 for 9 in their innings. Chris Williams 64, Mudit Dayal 3 for 30. In reply, the home side could only reach 152 for 8, two wickets each for Ian McLean, and Christian Davis, and one for Kent Second XI bowler Bailey Wightman.

In Division One, Minster (Sheppey) and The Mote swapped places at the top of the table after a shock defeat for the previous leaders against their nearest rivals, the home side winning by a massive 106 runs. The Mote scored 184 for 9 and then bowled Minster out for a paltry 78 in 35.3 overs. Chris Piesley scored 40 for the visitors, and nobody else got into double figures. Abdul Majid Khan took 3 for 20. Matt White scored 51 in the Mote innings, with Aamar Raza getting three wickets for Minster.

In the Canterbury local derby, St Lawrence and Highland Court ran out winners by 43 runs after Will Hilton hit five boundaries and five sixes in an innings of 93, as the home side made 215 for 9

Kent Second XI bowler, Jarred Lysaught took 2 for 23, Alex Beck 2 for 54 and Evan Munday 2 for 47. Lysaught scored 17 runs when Canterbury batted, and former Kent Academy student Isaac Dilkes 24, but they could only reach 172 for 9, Charley Nash took 3 for 26.

Kent’s Alex Blake took three wickets for 16 runs in Hayes’ seven wicket win at Bromley Common, who were bowled out for 142, Scott Gallagher also took three wickets for the visitors. Miguel Barbosa then scored 62, as Hayes cruised to victory 144 for 3.

Kent’s talented young batsman Tawanda Muyeye scored 36 for Folkestone in their two wicket victory over Linden Park. The visitors were all out for 160, Paul Seldon 68, Nick Ward 3 for 26. Folkestone struggled as well but thanks to Muyeye’s knock and 50 not out from Chris Jay, they got to their winning target, 161 for 8.

The match between Sidcup and HSBC (Kent) was cancelled without a ball being bowled because heavy overnight rain had made the ground unplayable.

By Peter Burrowes