Kent League Round-Up: Blake ton keeps Hayes top

Tuesday 16th August 2022

Kent League Round-Up: Blake ton keeps Hayes top

Kent’s Alex Blake scored an unbeaten 132 for his club side Hayes as they maintained their lead at the top of the Premier Division table, with a 63 run victory away to Bickley Park.

Blake’s innings contained 11 fours and six sixes, in his sides 277 for 4, and he then showed his skills as an all-rounder, taking 3 for 31, as the home side could only struggle to 214 for 7, from their 50 overs, Safwaan Imitiaz 89.

Former Kent Second Eleven player, Will MacVicar scored 46 in the Hayes innings and Rory Low 42.

There were some big victories in the division, Tunbridge Wells beating Sandwich, at the Nevill Ground, by 129 runs, Bexley got the better of Sevenoaks Vine, at home by 104 runs, Minster (Sheppey) were 101 run victors, at home to Blackheath, whilst Lordswood beat bottom club Beckenham, by 87 runs.

Wells scored 254 for 6, with a century, 118 with 14 fours from Ben Dawkins, Sam Smith 47. David Grant, 3 for 45. The visitors where then bowled out for just 125 in 37 overs, former Kent Academy scholar, Joe McCafferty 4 for 21, Michael Waller, 3 for 47.

Bexley’s match at Manor Way, was played over 40 overs a side, and not the usual 50, because of the boiling hot weather conditions. The League allowed this concession to clubs, if the umpires and captains agreed it was appropriate.

The home side scored 218 for 6 from their 40, Aiden Griggs 58, Kent spin bowler James Logan, 3 for 45. The Vine were then dismissed for 114 in 31.2 overs, Freddie Foster 3 for 13.

Minster finished their innings on 356 for 8, Joe Parry 73, Chris Piesley 71, Ed Moore 64, Greg Lamb 58. Parry then took 3 for 45 as Blackheath reached 255 for 9, George Wells 61, Charlie Sid-Speller 51, Ross Richardson 44.

In Lordswood’s 254 for 8, Linden Lockhart scored 70, Ishan Sabharwal 4 for 53, and the home side then bowled their opponents out for 167, Alex Senn 49, Touseeq Shat 4 for 27, Lockhart 3 for 13.

There was some sensational batting in Division One, with Linden Park’s, Sadiq Hassan scoring 147 with 13 sixes, and 11 fours, his century coming off just 41 deliveries, and Graeme Francis scored 42, as the home side racked up 386 for 9, Fred Farage 3 for 51, winning their match with struggling Bromley Common by a massive 199 runs, after the visitors crashed to 187 all out, Hassan producing an astonishing bowling spell of four wickets for three runs in four overs. A day to remember for him. Roshan Jayatissa 3 for 46.

Canterbury’s Australian overseas bowler Lloyd Pope, who has played for Kent’s Second Eleven this season, took 5 for 31, as the home side bowled out visitors, Dartford for 159 in 45 overs at Polo Farm, Ian Playfoot 39.

Canterbury struggled themselves, but got their win with two wickets to spare, 160 for 8, Jack Wheeler 75, Gurveer San Saini 5 for 41.

There was a brilliant century for Holmesdale from wicket-keeper Carlos Maynard, who smashed 17 boundaries, and six sixes in an innings of 166 in his sides 323 for 8 as they beat bThe Mote, 271 all out, at home by 52 runs, Dom May, 51, Luke Budden 41, Matt Sadler 3 for 54. For the visitors, Mick Ruffell and Dan Mason scored 61 apiece and Phil Apps 51.

St Lawrence and Highland Court were 90 run winners at home to Old Wilsonians, Charlie Nash 88, Matt Hammond 63 in their 263 for 6, the visitors all out 173, in 45.5 overs, Matt Golding 90, Mick Edwards 4 for 24.

Another match played over 40 overs a side saw Folkestone win away at Bromley by 93 runs. Shaheer Malik 94 and Shahab Sheik, 93 both missed out on centuries in their sides 296 for 5, then dismissed their hosts for 203, Stan Greenleaf 57, Nick Bluett 45, Nick Ward 3 for 47.

By Peter Burrowes

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