Kent League Round-Up: Gordon scores Lordswood ton

Monday 1st August 2022

Kent League Round-Up: Gordon scores Lordswood ton

Kent Second XI batter Joe Gordon scored an excellent unbeaten century for his club side, Lordswood, as they won away at Bickley Park by 39 runs in the Premier Division.

Gordon hit seven fours and two sixes, in his innings of 102 not out, and Michael French scored 45 in the visitors total of 217 for 7, from their 50 overs.

The home side were then dismissed for 178 in 44.1 overs, Krishna Padmanabhan 45, Daneil Magin 43, Seb Taylor 41, Touseeq  Shah 3 for 24.

Minster (Sheppey) had their lead at the top of the table cut to one point, ahead of Hayes, after suffering a heavy 75-run defeat at home to Sandwich. whilst Hayes won away at Tunbridge Wells.

Wells were 183 all out in 47 overs at The Nevill Ground, Chris Williams 63, Andrew Eddicott 3 for 52. Gareth Severin then hit 13 fours and two sixes, in an innings of 106, as the visitors reached a winning total, 184 for 7 in 48.3 overs, and a three wicket victory.

There was a century, 102 not out, with 16 boundaries and three sixes for Zak Fagg, as Sandwich racked up 314 for 9, David Grant 59, Kit Keey 47, Matt Frewin 44, Kai Appleby 3 for 29. In reply Minster stumbled to 239 all out in 44.1 overs, Edward Moore 44, Chris Piesley 45, Joe Parry 40. Harry Bee 3 for 41.

Sevenoaks Vine skipper and overseas player, Luke Schlemmer, scored his third century in successive matches in his sides 285 for 6, against bottom club, Beckenham, who were bowled out for 204, to give the home side victory by 81 runs.

Schlemmer scored 111, with 21 boundaries, and Michael Cowdrey hit 95 with 14 fours, Junaid Nadir 3 for 53. Beckenham’s James Fear struck 70 with 11 boundaries, and a six, Harri Aravinthan 42, but they struggled to get near the home sides score, their efforts frustrated by a brilliant spell of bowling 6 for 31, from Lorne Burns.

Former Kent all-rounder, Adam Ball, was in good form for Bexley, in their four wicket win over Blackheath, at their Manor Way ground. He took 3 for 45 as the visitors were bowled out for 192, Dipayan Paul 69, Ross Richardson 69, Edward Nuttall 4 for 33. Ball was then 38 not out, and Aiden Griggs had made 52, as the home side reached their winning target, 193 for 6 from 40.4 overs.

It was a good weekend for the Bexley side, as the following day they reached the semi-finals of the ECB National Cup competition, beating Essex League champions, Wanstead Snaresbrook, by two wickets, with three deliveries to spare.

Division One leaders, Holmesdale, gained a crushing 117 run victory, at home to Old Wilsonians, but that was even bettered by St Lawrence and Highland Court, who smashed Folkestone, at home by a massive 218 runs.

Holmesdale, who lead St Lawrence by two points, scored 349 for 8, Luke Budden 55, Carlos Maynard 60, Rupert Harbig 53, Anthony Bissett 71.

In their reply Wilsonians were all out for 232, two batters scoring 200 of the runs between them, and the others failing to reach double figures. Matt Golding hit 160, with six sixes, and 19 boundaries, and Michael Mitchell got 40, Ollie Chaplin 3 for 61.

St Lawrence & Highland Court scored 266 for 8 in their match with Folkestone, who were humbled by being skittled out for just 56 runs, in 15 overs, a remarkable collapse, which saw Australian overseas player, Mickey Edwards, take 6 for 11, and Joe Payne 4 for 36. In the home sides innings Michael Hales and wicket-keeper Sully Gould, both scored 41.

Linden Park were 21 run winners away at Bromley. They were all out for 261 in 47.5 overs, Sadiq Hassan 96, with 12 fours and seven sixes, Freddie Hulbert 43 not out, Jack Edwards 3 for 54, Usama Salamat 3 for 28. In reply the home side could only reach 240 for 9, from their 50 overs, Fred Wilson71, Ollie Streets 59.

There was a disappointing home defeat, at Polo Farm, for home club Canterbury, who lost by eight wickets to The Mote. They could only muster 185 runs in 48.3 overs, the visitors winning in 39.1 overs, 186 for 2. Jarryd Taig made 54 for the home side, and former Kent Academy student Isaac Dilkes 50. All rounder, Jesse Christensen 3 for 43, and he was then 87 not out, with 15 fours, as the visitors  cruised to their win. Matt White 63.

There was a Hesketh Park victory, at home for Dartford, by 52 runs, against bottom club Bromley Common. They scored 251 for 9, Gurveer Singh Saini 73, Sam Stuart 3 for 42, Vidur Goel 3 for 47. Common fell well short of a rare victory, 199 all out in 45.2 overs, Leigh Walker 63, Jack Gallagher 50, Isaac Raj, an impressive 5 for 42 for the home side.

By Peter Burrowes

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