Kent League Round-up: Bexley topple Beckenham

Wednesday 8th June 2022

Kent League Round-up: Bexley topple Beckenham

An excellent innings of 94 not out from George Haley, with eight boundaries and two sixes set up a winning score for Bexley, as they beat winless Beckenham by 96 runs at Manor Road.

Matt Stiddard with 64 also contributed to the home sides 242 for 7, Junaid Nadir 3 for 55. Beckenham, who have yet to taste victory this season were 146 for 9 from their 50 overs in reply, Freddie Foster 3 for 24, Shaun Evans 4 for 21, and Kent’s young fast bowler Jas Singh 1 for 28.

Top of the Premier Division Hayes, without their talisman Alex Blake, who was playing for the Kent first team in the Vitality Blast, kept up their unbeaten winning run with a 44 run victory away at Lordswood.

They only scored 141 in their innings, but their total proved enough, the home side crashing to 97 all out. In the Hayes innings Finlay Baker scored 32, Touseeq Shah 4 for 35. Jack Laraman with 29 top scored for Lordswood, Andrew Eddicott 3 for 26.

There was a big win for Tunbridge Wells at the Nevill Ground, beating Blackheath by 102 runs. Wicket-keeper Sam Smith 87 with six boundaries and two sixes helped the home side to 219, Arafat Bhuiyan 4 for 27, Tom Foster 3 for 52. Blackheath were then dismissed for 117, Ryan O’Beirne 5 for 29, Ian McLean 3 for 29.

Sandwich were six wicket winners at Bickley Park after the home side could only muster 169 in 49 overs Krishna Padmanabhan 68. David Grant and former Kent Academy scholar, Jan Gray with identical bowling figures 3 for 29. The visitors cruised to their winning total 171 for 4  Benji Niewoudt 54, Tom Burnap 42 not out. Former Kent player, Elliott Hooper 2 for 22.

Minster (Sheppey) beat Sevenoaks Vine at home by six wickets. The visitors 171 for 8 from their 50 overs, Michael Cowdrey 56 not out, Dan Masters 3 for 22. Then Ed Moore 56 and Jo Parry 49 saw the home side to a winning score 176 for 4, with eight deliveries to spare, Chris Vernon 2 for 31.

In Division One Tom Harvey scored an excellent unbeaten 103 not out for The Mote, but still finished up on the losing side, the Maidstone teams 220 for 3 not enough against leaders St Lawrence and Highland, who lost seven wickets chasing victory in their 223 total, and a three wicket win, Michael Hales 76, Matt Luksich 3 for 31.

Bromley had a comfortable 51 run victory at home to Old Wilsonians scoring 226 for 7, Jack Edwards 41, Lewis Hickford 41, Fred Wilson 63 not out. The visitors were all out for 175 in 39 overs, despite Matt Golding scoring over half their total with a brilliant 90 not out, 10 fours and two sixes, as wickets crashed around him. Richard Selvey-Clinton 4 for 37.

There were half centuries each for Jack Wheeler 50, and Fred Sharp 55 in Canterbury’s 133 for 2 winning score in an eight wicket success at home to Bromley Common, who were all out for 132 batting first at Polo Farm, Harry Roberts 54, former Kent Second XI player, Jarred Lysaught 4 for 27, and Australian leg spinner, Lloyd Page, who made his debut for Kent Seconds against Jersey 3 for 31.

Dartford won away at Holmesdale by five wickets. The home side 188 for 9 from their 50, Miga Steyn 45. The visitors 190 for 5, Scott McKechnie 61, Gurveer Singh Saini 52, James Poulson 3 for 27.

Folkestone’s visit to Linden Park saw them lose by 54 runs after the home side had posted an impressive 291 for 8, Sadiq Hassan 60, Graham Francis 53, Fred Hulbert 50 not out, Chris Jay 4 for 44. Folkestone, chasing that big total reached 237 for 8, Shaheer Malik 66, Jackson Isakka 57, Roshan Jayatissa 4 for 45.

By Peter Burrowes

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