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Kent League Round-Up: Compton scores big for Sevenoaks vine

Monday 10th June 2024

Kent Cricket

There were some big victories, and a number of century makers, in the Kent Cricket League, at the weekend, including Kent players, Ben Compton, and Jaydn Denly, as well as former Kent batter, Alex Blake.

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In the Premier Division, Hayes, beat  Canterbury, at home, by 117 runs, with Blake scoring 119 for them, in their 321 for 6, with the visitors only able to reach 204 for 9 in reply. Blake hit six sixes and 10 boundaries, in his innings, and Finnan Bryan scored 85, Cameron Wilshaw 2 for 48, Syan Bulathsinhala 2 for 79. For Canterbury Jarred Lysaught hit 54, and Bulathsinhala 55, Alfie Peck 3 for 41.

Division leaders Minster (Sheppey), thrashed Bickley Park, by 174 runs. After posting 354 from their 50 overs, they dismissed the visitors for just 180 in 31.5 overs. Dan Stickels made a brilliant 125 for the home side with 22 boundaries, and two sixes, Kai Appleby contributing 71, Ismail Baharami 2 for 91, Elliot Hooper 2 for 56. The visitors innings demolished, by a 5 for 28 spell of bowling, from Haida Zandi.

Tunbridge Wells were 102 run winners, at home to Sandwich, Kent Academy student, Ben Dawkins 66, Anthony Williams 78, in their 294 for 6, in reply Sandwich could only make 192, Rory Smith 85, Sam Huggett 4 for 27.

Champions Lordswood, were beaten by 82 runs, at The Rectory Field, against Blackheath, the visitors 153 all out in reply to the hosts 235 for 9. For Heath, Riley Ayre hit 86 runs, Adeel Hussain 3 for 38. A valiant 70, with 11 boundaries and a six, from Lordswood captain, Scottish International, Calum MacLeod, Jahid Ahmed 4 for 21.

St Lawrence and Highland Court, travelled to Manor Way, to play Bexley, and won the match by 46 runs, 208 in 47 overs, Jason Sangha 84, Ahmed Jamal 5 for 25. In reply the home side all out in 46.3 overs for 162, Ben Aldred 39.

In the Championship Division, Kent opening batter, Ben Compton, crashed 16 boundaries and three sixes, for Sevenoaks Vine, in their 345 for 8, as they thrashed home side, Linden Park, all out 203, by 142 runs. Vine skipper, Luke Schlemmer 63, Max Campbell 3 for 50, Sadiq Hassan 3 for 42. Schlemmer then took 4 for 28, as Park’s innings crumbled, Brad Hope 3 for 25.

Kent’s rookie all-rounder, Jaydn Denly 114, with three sixes, and 10 fours, as Whitstable posted 295, Henry Railz 3 for 48, and then bowled Bromley, the home side, out for 230 in 45.3 overs, to win by 65 runs, Harry Fulton taking 4 for 24, Stan Greenleaf 65, Fred Wilson 57.

A seven wicket win for Dartford, away at Beckenham, reaching their winning 159 for 3 total, Max Cotter 78, Gary Cook 56, after the home side were all out for 158, Rithik Hari 68, Ritchie Hartley 4 for 27.

There was an excellent century 139, with 20 boundaries, and three sixes, by Nathan Fox, George Sturgess 4 for 42, for Broadstairs, as they won at Leeds and Broomfield, by 46 runs The visitors posting 317 for 7, the home side out for 271, George Davis 71, Monte McCague, son of the former Kent fast bowler, Martin McCague, 64, Sturgess 54.

There was a 30 run victory for The Mote, away at Holmesdale, their 249 for 9, enough as the home side were dismissed for 219 in 47 overs. For the Maidstone based side, Michael Ruffell made 78, Ben Fawcitt 3 for 31. Cameron Lindsay 59, for Holmesdale, Matt Luksich 4 for 32.

By Peter Burrowes

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