Photo: Sandwich Town CC
Sandwich Town are the Kent Cricket League’s new T20 champions after beating the favourites, Minster (Sheppey) by eight wickets at The County Ground, Beckenham, on Sunday.
They achieved their success without their three Kent players, Grant Stewart, Fred Klaassen and Jordan Cox, who were all unavailable against a star studded Minster side who included former Hampshire all-rounder Sean Ervine, and the Cowdrey twins, Fabian and Julius.
Minster, previously unbeaten this season, could only muster 114 for 7 from their 20 overs, Julius Cowdrey 59 not out and Sandwich raced to victory in 15.1 overs reaching 115 for 2, Cameron Fletcher 53 not out.
In the semi-finals Minster beat HSBC Kent by 24 runs and Sandwich were eight wicket winners over Sevenoaks Vine. Sandwich now progress to the area finals which take place at Cranleigh Cricket Club, Surrey, on Sunday.
The winning success by Sandwich in this competition was in stark contrast to their fortunes in the Kent League Premier Division match with Tunbridge Wells on Saturday, when they suffered a heavy defeat by 122 runs.
Tunbridge Wells scored 254 for 7 from their 50 overs with Kent Second X1 all-rounder Ari Karvelas scoring 47 not out and he then took 3 for 23 as the home side were bundled out for 132 in 38 overs.
Canterbury gained their first victory in nine matches beating bottom club HSBC Kent by nine wickets. The home side crashed to 75 all out in 26.3 overs and Canterbury took just 11.4 overs to knock off the winning runs 77 for 1.
Lordswood gained an impressive four wicket win over Sevenoaks Vine in a match reduced to 45 overs a side because of a late start due to the weather. Sevenoaks scored 253 for 5, Luke Schlemmer 97 not out and Kent’s Adam Rouse, who does not keep wicket for his club side, scored 35. The home side won with three overs to spare 256 for 6, Chris Piesley 87 not out and Rouse took two for 23 with his bowling.
In a low scoring encounter at the Rectory Field, Blackheath beat Bickley Park by five wickets reaching 118 for 5 in 28.1 overs in reply to the visitors 117 for 9.
The big match of the day between the top two, Bexley and Beckenham was abandoned without a ball being bowled when a thunderstorm flooded the ground.