Kent League Round-Up: Bowlers in ascendancy

Monday 29th May 2023

Kent League Round-Up: Bowlers in ascendancy

It was the bowlers who were in the ascendency in the Kent Cricket League, at the weekend, as no batter, in the 10 matches in the top two divisions, the Premier, and the Championship, were able to get to a four figure century score, and club all-rounders put in some excellent personal performances.

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Leading the way in the Premier, was Jack Heuston who scored 57, for St Lawrence and Highland Court, in their 269 for 9, away to Minster (Sheppey), and then took 5 for 53, as the home side were all out for 220 in 33.4 overs, the visitors winning by 49 runs, Michael Hales 70, Bill Prideaux 3 for 48. Ed Moore was 77 not out, in the Minster innings, former Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens 3 for 28.

Champions Hayes suffered their third defeat in successive matches, going down by eight wickets at home to Sandwich. They were bowled out for just 140 in 34.2 overs, despite 55 from Kent’s Alex Blake. Alex Smith 3 for 27, Rory Smith 3 for 21. The visitors reached their winning target 142 for 2 in 31 overs, Ben Chapman 65, with nine boundaries.

Bexley won away at Holmesdale, by 77 runs, after scoring 222 for 9, and then bowling the home side out for 145. In the Bexley innings, former Kent Academy student, Harry Turner was 49 not out, Aiden Griggs 60, with eight boundaries and two sixes. Dom May 3 for 44. Dave Roffey with 35 top scored for Holmesdale, Ahmed Jamal 3 for 31.

Tunbridge Wells won away by four wickets at Sevenoaks Vine. They reached their winning total 240 for 6 off 38.1 overs after the home side had scored 239 for 6 from their 50 overs. For Wells Ben Dawkins scored 85, Chris Williams 63, Sam Smith 59, Warren Lee 2 for 68, Chris Vernon 2 for 33. Michael Cowdrey scored a half century 50, and Evert Bekker 45 for The Mote, Williams 2 for 33.

Lordswood were comfortable 69 run winners, at home to Blackheath, with former Kent Second Eleven player, Joe Gordon scoring 83, with 13 fours and two sixes, in their 245, Kent’s Arafat Bhuiyan 3 for 29. Blackheath were all out for 176 in reply Tejpal Birde 30, Thando Ntini 3 for 34, former Kent Academy scholar, Hugh Scott 3 for 30.

In the Championship Division, Bickley Park gained a massive 118 run win, at home to Whitstable, despite visiting bowler Stuart Drakeley taking 6 for 46, as they scored 244 for 8, Elliott Hooper 77, Dan Magin 51 not out. Magin himself then picked up six wickets for 32 runs as Whitstable collapsed to 126 all out, Ranjit Singh 3 for 32.

There was a close game in Maidstone, where The Mote, won by eight runs, at home to Linden Park.

Matt Luksich scored 60 in the home sides 214 for 7, Max Campbell 3 for 38 and then took 3 for 31 as the visitors were all out for 206, Graeme Francis 33.

In a low scoring match Bromley were six wicket winners, away to OD CUACO, who were tumbled out for 103, Daniel Webster 40, Sam Hadfield 4 wickets for eight runs. It took the visitors just 13.3 overs to knock off the winning runs, 104 for 4, Stan Greenleaf 34, Nick Bluett 30 not out, Alex Davison 2 for 24.

Former Kent bowler, James Tredwell, scored 50 for Folkestone, and Shehab Sheik 40, in their sides winning 223 for 6, at home to Dartford,  to give them a four wicket victory, Kent Academy student Barney Ford 2 for 26. In their innings the visitors had  reached 222 for 4, Ben Chapelhow 69, Scott McKechnie 56 not out, Kane Wheeler 2 for 26.

Canterbury beat Beckenham, away by three wickets, reaching their winning target 165 for 7 in 37.1 overs after the home side were dismissed for 164. Mahfuzel Mahi 32 for the home side. Sam Burt scored 60 as the visitors eased to their win, Mahi 3 for 21 Saad Khan 2 for 18.

By Peter Burrowes

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