Kent wicketkeeper Adam Rouse top scored with 42 for Sevenoaks Vine in their Kent League Premier Division match with Tunbridge Wells at the Nevill Ground on Saturday, but finished up on the losing side as his team suffered a 95-run defeat.
The home side scored 235 for 5 from 36 overs in a rain affected match, Chris Williams 62, Alex Williams 51. Vine crashed to 140 all out in 34.1 overs, Isaac Bepey 3-23, Mathew Barker 3 for 25.
Previous league leaders Bexley slumped to a 44-run defeat to Sandwich and were bowled out for 117 in 47.1 overs chasing 162 for victory. Kent Second XI spinner Jan Gray did the damage taking 3 for 14 and Ashley Cox 3 for 27. Cameron Fletcher scored 38 in the Sandwich innings of 161 with two former Kent players Adam Riley and Adam Ball taking two wickets apiece.
Bickley Park beat Lordswood by 25 runs in a low scoring match. The home side were 157 all out, Saf Imtiaz 81, Jack Laraman 3 for 22, Taylor Chandler 3 for 42. Kent Academy scholar Hugh Scott top scored with 20 as Lordswood were hustled out for 132, Kent’s Sean Dickson out for 15. Adeel Malik took 5 for 33.
Beckenham, who now top the table just edged out Canterbury in a one wicket victory, reaching 200/9 in replay to the home sides 199 all out. Ben Rutherford hit 40 for Canterbury, Kent Second XI all-rounder Will MacVicar taking 4 for 38. Rithik Hari (56) and Stuart Binny (54) both hitting half centuries for Beckenham and Kent Academy Scholar Isaac Dilkes picked up two wickets for 33 runs.
Bottom club HSBC slumped to another heavy defeat losing by 135 runs to fellow strugglers Blackheath who scored 216 for 9 in their innings former Bangladesh Test player Mohammed Ashraful hitting 58, Alan Slater taking 4 for 30 before skittling out the home side for just 81, Dipayan Paul 6 for 23.