Kent League Round-Up: Hayes still unbeaten

Wednesday 15th June 2022

Kent League Round-Up: Hayes still unbeaten

Former Kent Second XI all-rounder Will MacVicar produced a brilliant spell of bowling, 6 for 31, for Premier League leaders Hayes, as they beat Bickley Park at home by seven wickets, to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

The match lasted for only 28 of the scheduled 100 overs, as Park were dismissed for just 60 runs in 16.5 overs. Hayes then reached their small victory target, 61 for 3 in 11.1 overs, and have established a 28 point lead at the top from their nearest rivals Tunbridge Wells

The Wells themselves were four wicket winners away at Sandwich. After bowling the home side out for 174 in 48.5 overs, Alex Smith 45, Ryan O’Beirne 3 for 36, Matt Baker 3 for 28, they knocked off the winning total 175 for 6 in 47.3 overs, wicket-keeper Sam Smith 56, and Kent all-rounder Marcus O’Riordan 33. Two wickets apiece for David Grant and Alex Smith.

An excellent century from Aiden Griggs, 107, with nine boundaries and two sixes, helped Bexley to 278 for 6 away to Sevenoaks Vine, and a 61 run victory, the home side only managing 217 for 9 in their reply. In the Bexley innings there were also notable contributions from Calum Basey 66, and Shaun Evans 55. James Carslow took three wickets for 49 runs. Sandwich batter Luke Schlemmer 75 in his sides innings.

After a disappointing start to the season, Beckenham picked up their first win with a home victory over Lordswood by three wickets. The visitors were 173 for 9 from their 50 overs, Bradley Goldsack 63, but 76 from Nick Rigg helped the home side to 174 for 7.

Minster (Sheppey) visited the Rectory Field, to play Blackheath, and produced a satisfying 67 run victory. James Thompson scored an excellent century, exactly 100, with nine boundaries and four sixes in his sides 257 for 5, Aron Nijjar 68. The home team in reply all out for 184, Ross Richardson 59, Charlie Sid-Spellar 40, Joe Parry 4 for 42, Greg Lamb 3 for 25.

There was a rare result in Division One, where Dartford and Canterbury’s match ended in a tied game. The home side scored 186 for 9, Scott McKechnie 40, former Kent Second team player Jarred Lysaught 3 for 24, Australian leg spinner Lloyd Pope, who recently made his Kent Second XI, debut 3 for 48. The visitors were then bowled out for 186 in 44 overs, wicket keeper Jack Wheeler 80, Barney Ford 3 for 34.

Division leaders St Lawrence and Highland suffered a surprise defeat, losing by five wickets away to Old Wilsonians after being bowled out for 178, Dave Ellicott-White 3 for 31. The home side reached a winning 181 for 5, Michael Mitchell 46, Mike Edwards 3 for 35.

Kent Academy scholar Will Harby scored 68, and Anthony Bissett 65 not out in Holmesdale’s 165 for 4 away to The Mote, to give them a six wicket victory, after the Maidstone based club were all out for 162, four bowlers taking two wickets apiece.

Folkestone, at home to Bromley lost by 58 runs, all out 158 in 44.3 overs, replying to their visitors 216. Sam Ireland took 5 for 39 in the Bromley innings, but his efforts went unrewarded, after 68 from Jackson Isakka saw the home side to their win, Krishnan Daniel 3 for 17, Muhammed Anas 3 for 18.

Linden Park were three wicket winners at Bromley Common, reaching their 165 for 7 victory target, Sadiq Hassan 42, replying to the home sides 163 for 9, Max Campbell 3 for 32.

By Peter Burrowes

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