Kent League Round-Up: Compton stars for Vine

Monday 4th July 2022

Kent League Round-Up: Compton stars for Vine

Kent opening batter Ben Compton was in prime form for his club side, Sevenoaks Vine, scoring a brilliant unbeaten century for them in their home Premier Division victory over Bickley Park.

Vine’s win moved them off the bottom of the table, Compton scoring 124 not out, with eighteen boundaries in their 231 for 1 total replying to their visitors 230 all out.

The home side’s skipper Luke Schlemmer showed his qualities as an all-rounder, scoring 83, with 11 fours, in the 184 second wicket partnership with Compton, having taken 5 for 35 in the Park innings. Elliott Hooper 59, Michael Ridley 49.

Hayes lead the Premier Division table by just one point from Minster (Sheppey) after their seven wicket defeat at Sandwich, despite another Kent batter, Alex Blake scoring 65 with eight fours in their 220 for 9 from their 50 overs, Tomas Gallagher 58, Alex Smith 4 for 29. The home side reached their winning target 221 in 38.4 overs, for the loss of just three wickets, Tom Chapman 73, Tom Burnup 59 not out Zak Fagg 55.

Minster were away winners by just 10 runs, in a closely contested match at Beckenham, who drop to the bottom of the table. The visitors scored 206 for 8, Joe Parry 77, Junaid Nadir 3 for 28, and all-rounder Parry then took 5 for 32, as Beckenham fell short of their target, 196 all out in 49.4 overs, Ross Piller 50.

Another Kent batter, Daniel Bell-Drummond, coming off the back of a century in each innings of Kent’s LV= Insurance Championship match against Surrey, at The Oval, was out for 35, playing for club side Blackheath in their two wicket home victory over Lordswood. The visitors were dismissed for 203, Jack Laraman 59, but an excellent century, 106 with 13 fours, from Tanweer Sikandar helped the home side to their winning 204 for 8 total, former Kent Academy student Hugh Scott, 4 for 35.

Aiden Griggs scored 86, with six boundaries and a six, in Bexley’s 206 for 6, which gave them a 44 run home win over Tunbridge Wells, who were all out for 162 in 44.3 overs in reply, wicket-keeper Sam Smith 64, Freddie Foster 3 for 50. Ryan O’Bierne had taken 3 for 27 for the visitors in Bexley’s innings.

There was an excellent century for Division One leaders, St Lawrence and Highland Court, by Will Hilton, 120, with 19 boundaries and two sixes, in his sides winning total of 227, against local rivals Canterbury, who were 223 for 9 at the end of their innings, James Lilley 58, Mickey Edwards 4 for 37, a five wicket victory for the home side.

Bromley were seven wicket winners away at Dartford, 137 for 3, Lewis Hickford, 63, after bowling the home side out for 136, Jack Edwards 4 for 23.

Disappointment for The Mote, as they went down by 28 runs to Linden Park, in their home fixture. They were 180 all out in 47.5 overs replying to 208 for 9, Chris Back 47 not out out, Freddie Hulbert 3 for 27. In the Park innings, Max Campbell scored 80, Viyavianth Vijayakanth 3 for 40.

Old Wilsonians beat Folkestone at home by 26 runs. After scoring 175, Andrew Pomering 51, Nick Ward 4 for 34, they bowled the visitors out for 149, Jackson Isakka 48, Nathan Ingleston 59. An amazing spell of bowling, 6 for 14, in nine overs by Matt Golding doing the damage.

Holmesdale enjoyed a comfortable 72 run victory away at Bromley Common. They scored 252 for 8, Will McDowall 55, Ollie Chaplin 53, and then dismissed the home side for 180, Jack Merrell 52, Dom May 4 for 35, James Poulson 3 for 14.

By Peter Burrowes

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