After arriving back from Scarborough in the early hours of Saturday morning, having been part of Kent Second XIs Trophy semi-final winning side over Yorkshire, wicketkeepers Jordan Cox and Adam Rouse were soon back in action on opposing sides in the Kent League Premier Division match between Sandwich Town and Sevenoaks Vine, that the visitors won by just five runs.
Rouse scored 52 in The Vine total of 261/8 before being caught by Cox off the bowling of former Kent Academy scholar and second team player Jan Gray. The leg spinner took 4/34 for Sandwich and Cox even bowled one over himself, conceding four runs.
Sandwich needed 10 runs off the last over of the match in pursuit of victory but fell just short finishing their innings on 256 for 8, in which Cox contributed 26 runs. This time it was Rouse who unusually took to bowling, conceding 36 runs in seven overs.
Lordswood were skittled out for 85 runs in 31.4 overs at home to Beckenham, Kent opener Sean Dickson top-scoring for them with 26. Beckenham knocked the runs off, 88 for 2, inside 20 overs with another Kent player, Alex Blake, 29 not out.
Bexley consolidated their position at the top of the table with a six wicket victory over Blackheath who were bowled out for 181, Jason Benn 3 for 24 and Scottish International Calum MacLeod 3 for 20, who then went on to score 54 as the home side reached 185 for 4 in 41.5 overs.
Bickley Park, 246 all out, were comfortable 93-run winners over Canterbury, who were dismissed for 153, Kent Academy scholar Isaac Dilkes scoring 22 and taking 2 for 68 for the visitors.
Bottom of the table HSBC Kent won their second match of the season with a surprise victory over Tunbridge Wells who were bundled out for 115. HSBC got home by a nervy three wickets 117 for 7, with Kent second team player Marcus O’Riordan taking 2 for 24 for Wells.