Kent League Round-Up: Excellent personal performances

Monday 22nd May 2023

Kent League Round-Up: Excellent personal performances

There were some excellent personal performances in the Kent Cricket League, at the weekend, with a number of centuries scored, and some outstanding bowling figures produced, as at last, the sun shone down all day on the players.

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In a tremendous match at the Nevill Ground, where 559 runs were scored, Tunbridge Wells chased down a winning total of 280, to inflict a second successive defeat, on last seasons champions, Hayes.

The visitors posted an impressive 279 for 4 from their 50 overs, with all-rounder, Will MacVicar, unbeaten, with a brilliant century, 128 not out, which included eight boundaries, and five sixes.

Kent batter, Alex Blake scored 45, before being caught by his Kent teammate, Marcus O’Riordan. Wells got home with a five wicket win, 280 for 5 off 46.1 overs, Chris Williams, 108, with three sixes, and fourteen fours, Alex Williams 71, Chris Davis 43, Scott Gallagher 2 for 59, Finlay Baker 2 for 30.

Kent Second XI wicketkeeper, Ben Aldred, helped Bexley to a four wicket win, at home to Minster (Sheppey), with a cultured knock of 87, with 11 fours, as the home side reached a winning 238 for 6 target, after the visitors scored 234 for 9 from their 50 overs. Aldred put on a century partnership for the sixth wicket, with former Kent Academy student, Harry Turner, 27 not out. Bill Prideaux 3 for 52, Joe Parry 2 for 28.

In the Minster innings, former Kent batter, James Hockley scored 41 runs, Surrey’s Laurie Evans, 42, and James Thompson 43, Ahmed Jamal 5 for 37.

Sandwich suffered a four wicket defeat at home to Lordswood, all out for 171, in 40.3 overs, their innings destroyed by some spectacular bowling from former Scottish International, Callum Macleod, 7 for 32. Matt Wood was 59 not out, as the visitors reached a winning 172 for 6, with five overs to spare, the former Kent Academy and Second Eleven player, Jan Gray 2 for 38.

Sevenoaks Vine were seven wicket winners, when they visited St Lawrence and Highland Court, 140 for 3 in reply to the home sides 139 all out, Sahil Shah 6 for 24. Kent spinner, James Logan, 2 for 26, Chris Vernon 2 for 26. Vines skipper and overseas player, Luke Schlemmer 61, Vernon 44, John Grewer 2 for 7.

All-rounder, Matt Golding was in excellent form for Blackheath, scoring 67 not out, in his sides winning 164 for 4 score, having taken 3 for 39, as opponents Holmesdale, were all out for 163, Ollie Chaplin 54, Dom May 44, Tejpal Bird 3 for 36, in the South London sides six wicket win.

In the Championship Division, Folkestone travelled to Polo Farm, where they beat Canterbury by six wickets. The home side were all out for 179, Jarryd Taig 48, Stuart Graham 5 for 33, Chris Jay 2 for 20. Graham was then 48 not out, in the visitors victory score of 182 for four, former Kent spin bowler, James Tredwell 39 not out, Jarred Lysaught 2 for 49, Isaac Dilkes 2 for 23.

Despite scoring 261 for 9, OU CUACO lost by eight wickets, at Whitstable, Chris Webster 82, Jamie Batten 62, Harry Fulton 2 for 22. The home side knocked the runs off, 265 for 2, in 35.2 overs thanks to a fine unbeaten century, 104 not out by Bryan Gould with 13 fours and four sixes. Fulton 55 not out, Liam Tegg 53.

Bromley had a comfortable five wicket win at home, to The Mote, 152 for 9, Michael Ruffell 41, Chris Back 59, Nick Bluett 4 for 6. For Bromley Fred Wilson was 55 not out, as they reached 156 for 5, Dylan De Villiers 2 for 39, Matt Luksich 2 for 34.

There was a big win, by 140 runs, for Bickley Park, away at Dartford. A century from Safwaan Imitiaz 108 and 77 from Sachin Mevada, Michael Ridley 56 not out, saw then post 319 for 5. The home side then struggled to 179 for 9 in reply, Elliott Algar 53, Xavier Darroch 3 for 32, Ranjit Singh 2 for 41.

Beckenham were four wicket winners, away at Linden Park, reaching 181 for 6, in reply to the home teams 180 for 5, Alex Senn 62, Mahfuzul Mahi 43, Fred Hulbert 2 for 26, Prayag Bhati 2 for 40. In the home sides innings, Max Campbell 28, Junaid Nadir 4 for 47, Saad Khan 2 for 23, Johan Malcolm 2 for 41.

By Peter Burrowes

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