Kent League Round-Up: Halfway point

Monday 3rd July 2023

Kent League Round-Up: Halfway point

At the halfway stage of the Kent Cricket League season, with teams having played nine of their 18 scheduled matches in the competition, Tunbridge Wells, and Bexley Cricket Clubs, are chasing the Premier Division title, Wells, in the lead at the top, with 130 points, five ahead of their North Kent rivals. Both clubs won their weekend matches, Tunbridge Wells, at home to St Lawrence and Highland Court, whilst Bexley got the better of Sandwich, in their away fixture.

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Wells, were 45 run winners, their 212 all out in 49.1 overs proving enough, as their visitors were dismissed for 167 in reply. Alex Williams scored 69, for the home side, Charlie Nash 3 for 31. Sully Gould 33, for St Lawrence, Liam McGroarty 3 for 20.

Kent’s Jas Singh, showed his all-round ability for Bexley, in their 51 run victory, top scoring for his club side with 41 runs, batting at number nine, in their 172 all out, James Bazley 3 for 31, Rory Smith 3 for 20. Singh then took 3 for 33, Harry Dowling 3 for 24 and Ahmed Jamal 3 for 14, as Sandwich slumped to 105 all out.

There were two century makers, in the Hayes versus Minster (Sheppey) match, which the home side won by seven wickets. Ed Moore made 129, with a six and 19 fours in the visitors 228, Stuart Eddicott 3 for 58, Alfie Peck 3 for 40, but Kent Second Eleven player, Gareth Severin helped his side to a winning 230 for 3, with an excellent innings of 146, with 22 boundaries and three sixes.

Bottom club, Holmesdale, picked up a much needed victory, winning by four wickets, away to Lordswood. The home side made 228 for 7, from their 50 overs, Bradley Goldsack 73, Ollie Chaplin 3 for 30, but Holmesdale reached their winning target 232 for 6 in 43.2 overs, Sanghajit Wilmot 53, Rupert Harbig 54, former Kent Second Eleven player, Joe Gordon, 3 for 57.

Sevenoaks Vine enjoyed a comfortable 51 run win, at home to Blackheath, with their skipper, Luke Schlemmer, just missing out on a century, dismissed for 97, with 10 boundaries and three sixes, in his sides 238 for 7, Chris Vernon 65. In reply Blackheath bowled out for 187, Jasdev Bassan 51 not out, George Wells 64.

In the Championship Division, Bickley Park still lead the way, despite a surprise defeat, by six wickets, away at Folkestone. They have 138 points, with Canterbury, their nearest rivals on 125. Park scored 248 for 9 from their 50 overs, Ranjit Singh 83, Karim Marcelle 68, Shahab Sheikh 5 for 47, but the home side got the win, 250 for 4, Chris jay 69, former Kent player, James Tredwell 49 not out.

Canterbury, were six wicket winners at Polo Farm, against Whitstable. The visitors 157 for 9, Sam Denly 51. Billy Amaouche 54 for the home side, as they reached a winning 159 for 4, Joshua Lock 3 for 35.

Saad Khan, with an innings of 106, with 13 fours, and three sixes, helped Beckenham to a six wicket victory at home to OD CUACO, with a winning score of 189 for 4 in 39.3 overs after the visitors could only muster 185 runs from their 50 overs, Cameron Sanders 72, Junaid Nadir 4 for 33.

There were home wins for Linden Park, by four wickets, over Bromley, and The Mote, beat Dartford, by 40 runs. Bromley 197 for 8, Stan Greenleaf 68, Fred Wilson 40, James Speer 4 for 19. A victory 201 for 6 for the home side, Matt White 66, Justin MacVicar 43.

The Mote made 261 for 8, Dylan DeVilliers 62, Michael Ruffell 63, Gurveer Singh-SaIni 3 for 48. Dartford in reply, falling short 221, all out, in 46.4 overs, Ben Chapelow 78, Ritchie Harley 41, Matt Luksich 3 for 41, Tom Harvey 3 for 34.

By Peter Burrowes

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