Kent League Round-Up: Hayes still top Premier Division

Tuesday 12th July 2022

Kent League Round-Up: Hayes still top Premier Division

Hayes Cricket Club have just a one point lead in the Premier Division over Minster (Sheppey), after both clubs won their weekend matches.

The North Kent side were six wicket victors, at home to Bexley, whilst Minster won an exciting close encounter away to Lordswood, by just five runs.

Bexley made 219 for 8 from their 50 overs, Aiden Griggs 54, George Haley 59, but 95 from Gareth Severn, with 15 boundaries and a six, helped Hayes to a winning 221 for 4 in 38.5 overs. He was given good support by Thomas Gallagher 53, and Kent batter Alex Blake 42.

An excellent century from Joe Parry, 102, with 12 fours and three sixes, saw Minster reach 258 for 7, former Kent Second XI player Kai Appleby 66, Taylor Chandler 3 for 70. Lordswood just failed in their victory bid, reaching 253 for 8, Jack Laraman 82, former Kent Academy student Joe Gordon 45.

There was a close finish at Beckenham, where the home side went down by just one wicket to Blackheath, after reaching 187 for 9, the visitors replying with 191 for 9 to scrape a win. James Fear scored 59 for the home side, Arafat Bhuliyan 3 for 44. Heath had five overs to spare thanks to 61 from Ross Richardson and 51 from George Wells, David Moody 4 for 56.

Tunbridge Wells were six wicket victors away to Bickley Park, after bowling out their hosts for 179 in 47 overs. They then reached their winning score 180 for 4 in 39.3 overs. In the Park innings, Safraz Imitiaz scored 64, and there was some good bowling from Ryan O’Bierne 4 for 36, and David Smith 3 for 30. Christian Davis hit 10 boundaries in an innings of 56 for Wells, Krishna Padmanabahn 3 for 27.

Kent spinner James Logan, prospered as a batter for Sevenoaks Vine, with 55 in their 148 all out against Sandwich, former Kent Academy scholar Jan Gray with a creditable 5 for 22 for the home side, who crumbled to 131 all out in reply to give the visitors a 17 run victory, Luke Schlemmer 4 for 25 for The Vine.

Division One leaders, St Lawrence and Highland Court were comfortable six wicket winners away at Bromley, who were bowled out for 250, Kent all-rounder, Darren Stevens taking 3 for 29. Kent Academy student Vish Parakirama 48 for the home side, Nick Bluett 44. The Canterbury based club reached a winning 251 for 4, Will Hilton just missing out on a century, 12 fours and three sixes, in his knock of 97, Charlie Nash 50.

Old Wilsonians had a convincing eight wicket success at home to Dartford, who scored 231 for 6, John Smyth 87, Gary Cook 49. Michael Mitchell 2 for 37. Wilsonians then cruised to victory, Mitchell scoring 92, with 14 boundaries, and John Rodda 88, an opening partnership of 174 in the winning 232 for 2 score.

Canterbury were also six wicket winners away to Folkestone, in a low scoring match. The home side were dismissed for 157, Australian overseas player Lloyd Pope, 3 for 19. It took the visitors 22.1 overs to reach their target, 160 for 4, Jack Wheeler 79.

Holmesdale were comfortable victors over Linden Park, their 274 for 8, proving too many runs for the home side 232 all out. Will McDowall scored 75 for the visitors and Ollie Chaplin 56, Carlin Tapp 3 for 61. James Poulson then took 5 for 46 as Park fell well short of their target, despite 63 from Sadiq Hassan, and James Spear’s 49.

The Mote enjoyed a convincing 68 run win away at Bromley Common. Matt White 98 with 15 boundaries and a six in their 244 for 5. They then bowled the home side out for 176, Ali Khan 4 for 45.

By Peter Burrowes

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